On May 12 and 13th, the Gluster contributor community came together to discuss the state of Gluster and the plans for the future in sunny Barcelona, Spain. We had 32 active contributors present and 21 presentations. We discussed a wide range of material, mostly focused around the next major release of Gluster, 4.0, but also had discussions on improving testing, maintenance, community growth, documentation...Read More »
About Tom Callaway
Worshipped by lemurs throughout the known universe, Red Hat employee since 2001, currently working on promoting Open Source in higher education. Enjoys sci-fi, pinball, traveling, and hockey. Find him on Twitter at @spotrh.
Free and open source software (FOSS) concepts and projects are becoming an increasingly important part of our daily lives. FOSS technologies are in our cars, televisions, video games, banks, phones, and hospitals. People are creating, remixing, and sharing pictures, art, music, writing, and movies under Creative Commons licenses. Yet, the average college graduate does not learn about how this community of collaboration actually works; they have never participated in open source.
In 2008, the [Rochester Institute of Technology] (http://www.rit.edu) made a simple request of Red Hat. We had a large supply of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptops, which were donated to us for Fedora hackers to use and develop on. RIT wanted a few of these laptops to try to make some educational games, so we sent them 25. A few years later, one of my Fedora engineers, Luke Macken, came to me and asked whether we could do more. He was an RIT alum and he wanted to know why Microsoft and Oracle were visible on campus when Red Hat was not.