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Presentation on the current state of cloud computing and the role that open source, containers and microservices are playing in the cloud. Presented to Florida Linux Users Exchange on April 9th, 2015 [Link in case embed doesn’t work].   Technorati Tags: cloud computing, Open...
I recently wrote an article for OpenSource.com – Open source and DevOps aren’t mandatory, but neither is survival. This article is part of the Easy DevOps column coordinated by Greg Dekoenigsberg, VP of Community at Ansible. Share your stories and advice that helps to make DevOps prac...
Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’...
My two buddies Aaron Delp (@aarondelp) and Giles Sirett (@shapeblue) discussing the evolution from traditional to cloud workloads on EngineersUnplugged – hosted by Amy Lewis(@CommsNinja).
I don’t blog or read blogs as much as I once did but I like keeping up with the state of the art. So here’s a link to Marketing Sherpa’s 2012 “best-of” list for marketing blogs . I listed them all so I can easily go back and refer to them all: Best Social ...
Over the last year I have been working on the CloudStack Open Source Cloud Computing project. This month we are getting ready to launch CloudStack 3.0 which really raises the bar for cloud computing platforms.  So what is CloudStack? It is an infrastructure-as-a-service(IaaS) platform ...
In a time when many tradeshows are experiencing lower then normal attendance the 8th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE 8x) had record attendance this past weekend in Los Angeles. I was there exhibiting and conducting a community training day for Zenoss and was very impressed...
Open source software is a disruptive technology it's about changing the status quo. Open source is rock and roll while proprietary software is easy listening. That's why I always admired JBoss' Marc Fleury. Marc was and is a bad boy, a rebel, and he played the part to a successful $350...
In the world of open source software Red Hat's crossed over from exciting leader to respectable elder statesman. The action is among the new batch of up-and-coming open source software companies who are not yet venture backed but are developing interesting technologies and services. He...
Is 2008 going to be the Year of the Acquisition? Activity in 2007 was on the rise but now things seem to be at full speed. I remember when Alta Vista and Excite! were the hot search engines, my how the world has changed. It looks like it's narrowing down to a two horse race with Micros...
It is with some sadness that I am writing my last editorial for Enterprise Open Source Magazine. As the founding editor-in-chief of this magazine and a past contributor to its predecessor, I am going to miss it. However, all things must end and this chapter of my writing career, I am h...
I am very conflicted by Steve Jobs iPology. You see I bought the iPhone on day one. Normally, I would say they told me the price, I paid it, and I moved on no big deal. I am/was happy that I purchased the iPhone it's been a very cool choice for me. However, when Steve issued his apolog...
During my career I have had the privilege and the misfortune to be involved with quite a few nascent businesses. Some have been small, with no more than five or ten employees. To this day they still have that many or less. Others grew from 50 employees to over 10,000 in a very short ti...
AMD has announced that they will be working on a strategy to open source drivers for their ATI hardware including their X1000 series and HD2000 series. It's been a long time coming as any Linux desktop guy knew to go for the nVidia graphics card because they support open source. I am s...
Open source owes its success to a large group of people who have a shared set of values about which they feel strongly. Mainstream society probably lacks any real understanding of the things that matter to them in the world of open source. It's ironic that the term came from a fictitio...
There was a time when you couldn't shut me up about the Linux desktop. I was a fanatic. In 2000, I made the switch to a full-time virus-free Linux desktop and weeks of crash-free computing. I was a zealot. However, I did suffer from a few of the alternative operating systems shortcomin...
I had originally written an editorial for this month's issue titled, 'Is Commercialization Killing Open Source?' Then I read William Hurley's blog (http://talk.bmc.com/blogs/blog-whurley/whurley/opensville). William or as his friends call him, 'whurley,' is the chief architect of open ...
Of late there has been a lot of buzz around what constitutes open source software. Industry leaders and pundits alike have weighed in on the 'openness' of certain software and companies' business models. The generally recognized test for open source software is the Open Source Definiti...
Blogs are a great platform for people to espouse their passions (not unlike editorials). They are different than traditional news outlets because they may be objective, opinionated, and even wrong. Interestingly enough, each of these behaviors is frequently rewarded equally.
I think it's going to be a great year for IT. I think it's going to be a whole new ballgame though compared to the spending habits of the dot.com era. I think IT is back but I qualify that as 'smart IT' where purchases are scrutinized and value solutions win out over long time trusted ...
The other day I was driving down the highway when I passed an American classic, a 1965 Ford Mustang. As I waxed nostalgic, I realized that there will never be another era in history where we will appreciate automobiles like those produced in the 1950s and 1960s. No matter what their me...
Linden Labs, developer of the virtual online world, Second Life, has announced that they will be releasing their virtual world viewer client software under the GNU Public License. This is a very smart move especially for a business driven by community. It also has the potential to spaw...
This has been an exciting month for proponents of the Linux server. Two of the world's largest software companies have started to provide Linux support and services. As you probably already know, on October 25, Oracle announced that they would be selling their own derivative of Red Hat...
The Linux desktop replacing the Windows desktop in its current incarnation is both silly and impractical. As our applications move to the network the need to replicate the Windows desktop computing environment on Linux is unnecessary.
Let me preface this discussion with the disclaimer that I am not the typical desktop user. I am technical; I am mobile and travel frequently; I support and use software that runs on multiple operating systems; and I am an incessant tinkerer. Now that we got that out of the way, let me ...
I recently read an article in the 'mainstream' media that gave me pause. The author made an assertion that the current trend towards Open Source might just be a passing fad. I thought about this and looked critically at the software industry, thinking about whether there was merit in t...
Enterprise Open Source Magazine editor-in-chief, Mark Hinkle, interviewed Mulesource CTO Ross Mason and founder of the Mule Enterprise Servive Bus (ESB) project about the usefulness of this technology and its recent success.
Paula Hunter is an industry veteran who has an extensive background in Linux and open source. She was tapped in May of this year to lead the U.S. marketing efforts for Collax (www.collax.com), a Linux distribution aimed at addressing the needs of the small and medium business. Collax i...
First, Internet access will be the core telecom service of the future. Not only will essentially everyone in the developed world be connected to the Internet, but more and more applications will migrate to the Internet. In our homes we will use a variety of devices which communicate vi...
I had the opportunity to meet Larry Augustin from VA Software yesterday. Larry's company had one of the most successful IPOs of all time, he's an angel investor and he serves on the boards of a quite a few open source companies including SugarCRM, JBoss (pre-Red Hat Acquisition), Medsp...
In the 1964 Bob Dylan song The Time's They are A-Changin' it says, 'Come gather 'round people, wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown, And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin' then you better start swimmin' O...
Sometimes I worry that I sound like a broken record repeating the phrases Open Source, open standards, and virtualization over and over again like an obsessive parrot. I refuse to stray away from what I believe are some of the most important considerations for your IT decisions. Howeve...
One of the most touted benefits of Linux and open source programs is their flexibility. However, as the popularity of Linux has grown, some of the flexibility seems to have been sacrificed. As larger Linux vendors have become more standardized to support certified applications, the fre...
The benefits of commodity hardware are well known. Competition among memory, storage, and chip providers has benefited the consumer and driven down PC prices. My belief is that the next big 'open opportunity' is for the Open Source commodity laptop. The consumer would be rewarded by ap...
As time passes, the base of Linux users is growing in the data center, desktop, and even embedded electronic devices. Numbers from industry analysts point out that Linux server shipments have shown double-digit growth every quarter for over two years. In many cases these servers are be...
The thing I like about Linux.SYS-CON.com is that most of the authors by and large practice what they preach. Every one of our staff is involved with a Linux vendor company, a non-profit, or is an active user of Open Source technology.
As many of our readers already know, all the editors of LinuxWorld Magazine have day jobs where we use Linux and open source. Some like Paul Sterne of Open-Xchange (www.openexchange.com) and Jon Walker of Linux migration specialists, Versora (www.versora.com), work for vendors. Others ...
Where do you go if you want to discuss Open Source with some of the most influential Open Source leaders in Asia, Australia, and the rest of the Pacific Rim?
I'm a poker junkie. Yes, the game that's been played at kitchen tables and on riverboats for the last 150 years. The game that American folk hero Wild Bill Hickok was playing in Deadwood when he was gunned down holding two pairs - aces and eights - since then know as the dead man's han...
I was recently asked what technologies where hot. I started to think about it and I came up with my own list (given below). I then started to think of what acronym could be spawned from that technology grouping. The acronym LAMP that describes the Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (Perl or...