Hans Verkuil is a senior software engineer of R&D at Cisco Systems Norway. He maintains the part of the media subsystem in the Linux kernel that is focused on video receivers and transmitters, as well as the V4L2 bridge drivers and core V4L2 frameworks. He is currently working on adding HDMI Consumer Electronics Control support to the kernel and on improving colorspace support for the V4L2 subsystem.
Hans recently sent us a video tour of his office to contribute to our series that takes you inside the workspaces of Linux kernel developers. We're in awe of many things about this workspace, but I can't help but be impressed with the level of chaos going on in this space and the whiskey collection at the ready.
A few days ago Bonnie King, a Linux administrator at Fermilab, reached out to thank us for sponsoring her through our diversity scholarship program. She attended this year’s LinuxCon (and the co-located CloudOpen and ContainerCon conferences), and I thought it would be great for people to meet one of the many who have taken advantage of this program in hopes to encourage others to apply as well.
If you don’t like what Google’s doing with Android, you can always make your own version of it. That’s what OnePlus did after it cut ties with Cyanogen. Rather than stick with the plain Google AOSP, OnePlus took the operating system and branched it out into its own, bonafied Android fork. The result is a version of Android that looks like it’s stock, with useful, well-integrated extra features.
When I first got involved in Unix and open source, I was choosing a pseudonym for a little podcast that I do called GNU World Order. I naively thought that in a community that values technology and, frequently, speculative fiction, the name "Klaatu" would be a quaintly obscure reference to my favorite movies. Of course, I have since learned that "Klaatu" as your handle in the tech community is rather like "Bob Smith" in the real world, so online I am also sometimes known as "notKlaatu" to set me apart from the other Klaatus.
Mozilla and seven other organizations will be participating in the Grace Hopper Open Source Day codethon taking place during the main conference event, on October 14. Emma Irwin is a Community Education Lead with Mozilla, and talks to me about why Mozilla is involved in the codethon, what she gets out of it, and what participants learn from it.
No one knows that better than Joaquim Vergès. Vergès built a polished and popular Android Twitter client called Falcon only to run into Twitter's "token limit," which puts a cap on the number of users third-party apps can support. Long story short, Falcon hit the 100,000-user mark -- and Twitter cut Vergès off from allowing any more users to sign in.
So far, we have utilized open source as a model to innovate quickly and engage with customers and a broad developer community. SmartOS and Node.js are open source projects we have run for a number of years. In November of last year we went all in when we open sourced two of the systems at Joyent’s core: SmartDataCenter and Manta Object Storage Service. The unifying technology beneath both SmartDataCenter and Manta is OS-based virtualization and we believe open sourcing both systems is a way to broaden the community around the systems and advance the adoption of OS-based virtualization industry-wide.
There are several reasons. If you have an idea for a utility or framework or whatever, and you would like the support of an entire community of developers, open source is a great way to go. If you want your code "out there" so it can be reviewed and critiqued (which will improve your skills), open source is a good solution. If you are just out of school and want to establish yourself and show off your coding skills, start an open source project. Finally, if you're altruistic and just want to help the software community at large, yes, please, start an open source project.
SUSE is one of the Linux trinity -- which comprises Red Hat, SUSE, and Canonical. SUSE is also one of the leading contributors to many open source projects, including the kernel itself. However, the company went through challenging times as it was acquired by one company after another. It seems that things have stabilized with the Micro Focus acquisition, so I sat down with Michael Miller, SUSE’s Vice President of Global Alliances & Marketing at LinuxCon and talked about topics ranging from acquisition to future plans.