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    Welcome!  Here you will find posts about things that I find interesting:  OpenStack, Open Source, Ubuntu Server, Linux, Cloud Computing, and other miscellaneous, sometimes random thoughts. 

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  • OpenStack, Outer Space & Left Eyes

    I just realized that I have a conflict of abbreviation.  Common interpretation of “OS” in the industry is generally operating system, and sometimes open source.  To those outside the cloud industry, perhaps one-size, outer-space, or even oculus sinister (the left eye).

    Not to minimize the importance of an operating system, a left eye or outer space, but for the sake of saying:  I hereby propose that the old-skool meanings of OS are obsolete.  Used in a naked context, or without clarifying qualifiers, the OS acronym shall now equate:  OpenStack.  Granted, I could be biased.  Just a silly thought this morning, there you have it.

  • Canonical Ltd.: Seeking a home-based project management pro

    Canonical Careers

    Canonical Ltd.: Seeking a home-based project management pro. Work with a top-notch global team of engineers, clients and technology partners on the cutting-edge of the cloud space. See also: other Ubuntu Cloud, Openstack architect, Linux engineer, open source developer, continuous integration, devops and QA jobs at http://www.canonical.com/careers/.

    https://ch.tbe.taleo.net/CH03/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CANONICAL&cws=1&rid=813

  • Twitter goes public as Dell goes private

    Two tech giants have committed to swapping status chairs.  Yesterday, Twitter announced its intention of going public with an IPO, as Dell announced a stock buyout to take the company private.  Interesting maneuvers, these are for such well-established organizations.  I happen to be a user of both, and will be intrigued to see the effect of these shifts.

  • Red Hat testing the OpenStack waters

    I’ve been following OpenStack’s maturity pretty closely over the past year.  Since the late 1990’s, I’ve taken note that as goes Red Hat, so goes the herd when it comes to enterprise Linux solutions.  Of course, in many cases, that may very well be “I like what you’ve got going, watch me do it better.”  That is also is not to minimize the impressive impact of Canonical, HP, IBM, Mirantis and Rackspace.  This is merely an observation that when Red Hat throws their support and weight at a project, things tend to change.

    As a relative late-comer to the OpenStack Foundation (platinum member since 2012), Red Hat is contributing $500K per year and a sizable chunk in terms of software engineering labor.  One must assume that it intends to monetize these efforts with a Red Hat OpenStack offering some day soon.  If so, what does that mean for RHEL pet projects oVirt and Aeolus?  And RHEV?  Who knows.  Their continued sponsorship of those projects raises my eyebrow a bit, that they might just be slightly over-hedged and confused.

    Meanwhile, Canonical seems to be quietly dominating this developing space with Ubuntu Server.  It will be interesting to watch as Canonical and Red Hat cloud platform offerings mature.  I’ll be looking for the OpenStack.  May the most clever hat or non-hat win.