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Contributing effectively to OpenStack's Neutron project

5 hours 37 min ago

Earlier this year, Kyle Mestery posted an article on his blog outlining some common misconceptions about contributing to the Neutron project and how to contribute effectively upstream. Kyle is a Senior Director and Chief Technologist for Open Source Networking at HP where he is responsible for technical vision, strategy, and development for open source initiatives. He also works on OpenStack, OpenDaylight, and Open vSwitch. He is also Program Technical Lead (PTL) for the OpenStack Neutron project, the networking component of OpenStack handling the complex task of connecting machines in a virtual environment.

Find out more about Kyle and his work prior to his talk at the OpenStack Summit in Paris this year in this interview.

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Iron Man costume made on the shoulders of giants

7 hours 37 min ago

When Iron Man set foot on stage at the Red Hat Halloween party last year, my jaw dropped. A huge applause erupted. It was like the real Iron Man stepped out of the Hollywood big screen and was right in front of us. I was waiting for it to start flying.

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Has the time come to rebrand open source?

9 hours 37 min ago
A business case for rebranding

OK, take a deep breath and don't panic! I assure you that I'm not asking you to do anything that you have not already done before. Let me explain myself before I go any further. I'm the CEO of a web design agency in Malmö, Sweden that specializes in web publishing and digital presence. We create websites using TYPO3 which is a web Content Management Solution.

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What software defined storage means for OpenStack

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 11:00:00 AM

Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Sage Weil, founder and chief architect of Ceph and a speaker at the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Paris.

I seized the chance to ask him a few questions about his talk and some of the things that matter most to him.

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Keys to diversity in tech are more simple than you think

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 09:00:00 AM

I attended the All Things Open conference this year (in Raleigh, NC on October 22 and 23, 2014), and one of the sessions I enjoyed the most (aside from Bob Young's wisdom in business session) was a panel on Women in Open Source and Technology. The conversation was candid and open, and it took a real look at what it's like for women working in technology.

This article is my notes on the panel, taken from the front row. This is not a verbatim transcript and represents only my perspective; covered here is most but not all of the discusssion.

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Rebuilding tech in Afghanistan with open source

Wednesday 29th of October 2014 07:00:00 AM

The Center for International and Intercultural Communication (ZiiK) at the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) has been helping with the reconstruction of academic organizations in Afghanistan since 2002. Under the supervision of the Berlin IT lecturer, Dr. Nazir Peroz, Director of the ZiiK, computer centers have been established at five college locations in Afghanistan.

Through the project, many students and college employees have been trained in the use of the computers. A new curriculum tailored to the requirements and prerequisites of Afghan students has been developed and Afghan IT students and future lecturers have been trained for Masters degrees in Germany.

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Making cloud storage easy with OpenStack Swift

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 11:00:00 AM

When you want to learn about object storage in OpenStack, John Dickinson is the guy to ask. John is the Director of Technology at SwiftStack, a company which relies on the OpenStack Swift project to provide unstructured data storage to customers around the world. He also serves as the Program Technical Lead (PTL) for OpenStack Swift and has been involved in the development of Swift since 2009.

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How 'open' changes products

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 09:00:00 AM

Karen Borchert gave a talk at the All Things Open conference (October 22 and 23) about how 'open' changes products. I am a Community Moderator for and covered the talks I attended at the conference this year. I will be sharing my recap of the presentations on the site over the next several weeks.

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Linux computer program brings a smile where it's least expected

Tuesday 28th of October 2014 07:00:00 AM

Reglue is an organization that has been placing Linux computers in the homes of financially disadvantaged kids since 2005. The program started in central Texas and we'd love to see it grow, so if you have interest after reading this article about how we did it, contact me via email.

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Test drive Linux with nothing but a flash drive

Monday 27th of October 2014 11:00:00 AM

Maybe you’ve heard about Linux and are intrigued by it. So intrigued that you want to give it a try. But you might not know where to begin.

You’ve probably done a bit of research online and have run across terms like dual booting and virtualization. Those terms might mean nothing to you, and you’re definitely not ready to sacrifice the operating system that you’re currently using to give Linux a try. So what can you do?

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OpenStack Kilo planning, Juno reviews, and more

Monday 27th of October 2014 09:00:00 AM

Interested in keeping track of what's happening in the open source cloud? is your source for what's happening right now in OpenStack, the open source cloud infrastructure project.

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Tools to help the government help the people

Monday 27th of October 2014 07:00:00 AM

Before I started volunteering with Code for America as Chicago’s Brigade Captain, I worked in a field office for the Illinois Department of Employment Security. I was hired at the start of the recession to help the state deal with the massive number of people who had been laid off in our city.

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Top 5 articles of the week: Hadoop, Facebook, and CERN

Saturday 25th of October 2014 12:00:00 PM

Every week, I tally the numbers and listen to the buzz to bring you the best of last week's open source news and stories on, this week October 20 - 24, 2014.

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The future of Linux, open standards for improved security, and more

Friday 24th of October 2014 11:00:00 AM

In this week's edition of our open source news roundup, we take a look at the future of Linux, open standards for improved security, and more!

Open source news for your reading pleasure. October 18 - 24, 2014

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Taiga, a new open source project management tool with focus on usability

Friday 24th of October 2014 09:00:00 AM

Whether you are a developer, project manager, or a stakeholder of any level—you’d like to have a clear view of where the project is headed. Are the deadlines being continuously achieved? How is the load on developers? How much of the project is complete? What is next for you in the project? And so on.

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Charting new licensing territories with the Open Definition standard

Friday 24th of October 2014 07:00:00 AM

Open Knowledge and the Open Definition Advisory Council have announced the release of version 2.0 of the Open Definition.

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OpenStack for humanity's fast moving technology

Thursday 23rd of October 2014 11:00:00 AM

OpenStack has presented a huge opportunity for technologists at many levels. Niki Acosta is one of those technologists who strives to pull together all aspects of the OpenStack community for the betterment of everyone.

Niki is the Director of Cloud Evangelism at Metacloud, now a part of Cisco. Metacloud delivers private infrastructure as a service based on the popular and open source cloud platform, OpenStack. As an active OpenStack participant, tweeter, and blogger, she has become a recognized name in the cloud industry.

Find out more in my interview with Nikki.

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Top 3 open source alternatives to Google Analytics

Thursday 23rd of October 2014 09:00:00 AM

If you have a website or an online business, collecting data on where your visitors or customers come from, where they land on your site, and where they leave is vital. Why? Having that information can help you better target your products and services, and beef up the pages that are turning people away.

The way to gather that kind of information is with a web analytics tool.

Many people and businesses (of all sizes) turn to Google Analytics. But if you want to keep control of your data, then you’ll want a tool that you have control over. You don’t get that from Google Analytics, and luckily Google Analytics isn’t the only game on the web.

Let’s take a look at three open source alternatives to Google Analytics.

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Why open data matters in education

Thursday 23rd of October 2014 07:00:00 AM

Rajan attends a school in a small village located around 140 kilometers from my hometown of Amritsar, India. Otherwise an active boy who is adept in handling numbers in the ledger book at his father’s convenience store and who loves playing flute, he falls into the depths of apathy and indifference the moment he enters his classroom. Rajan is not at fault for the abrupt change in his behavior at the school. He attends a school that has one teacher for all its students from classes starting from the first standard through the fifth standard, that has no proper infrastructure, a dilapidated library, and an obsolete teaching methodology.

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Free software hacker on open source telemetry project for OpenStack

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014 11:00:00 AM

Julien Danjou is a free software hacker almost all of the time. At his day job, he hacks on OpenStack for eNovance. And, in his free time, he hacks on free software projects like Debian, Hy, and awesome. Julien has also written The Hacker's Guide to Python and given talks on OpenStack and the Ceilometer project, among other things.

Prior to his talk at OpenStack Summit 2014 in Paris this year, we interviewed him about his current work and got some great insight into the work going on for the Ceilometer project, the open source telemetry project for OpenStack.

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