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Happy Birthday, Internet

Admin Cat According to the Computer History Museum, today marks the date when the first host-to-host connection on ARPANET, from the University of California Los Angeles to the Stanford Research Institute, was made in 1969. This first connection effectively marks the the very beginning of what would later become a global network that would bring us knowledge, communication, and cat pictures.

Birthdays and anniversaries for technological advancements are tricky things, of course. Do you, for instance, celebrate the birth of the telephone based on Alexander Graham Bell's conception of the idea somewhere in the early 1870s within his work on the "harmonic telegraph," or do you peg the big day on March 10, 1876, when Bell famously called out to his assistant Thomas Watson to bring him some latte?

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Update: Call For Proposals—FOSDEM 2016 Virtualization & IaaS DevRoom

FOSDEM logo I am excited to announce that the call for proposals is now open for the Virtualization & IaaS devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM 2016.

Note: This blog entry has been updated to include new information on the deadline for submittal, as well as more information on the speakers mentoring program and the FOSDEM Code of Conduct.

This year will mark FOSDEM’s 16th anniversary as one of the longest-running free and open source software developer events, attracting more than 5,000 developers and users from all over the world. It will be held once again in Brussels, Belgium, on January 30 & 31, 2016.

This devroom is a collaborative effort, and is organized by dedicated folks from projects such as OpenStack, Xen, Mesos, oVirt, and Foreman. We would like to invite all those who are involved in these fields to submit your proposals by December 8th, 2015.

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What Is a Community Manager's Goal?

Football Goal I was recently asked what a community manager does in a technical development community. My answer is, the community manager's job is to help the project have:

More, happier, engaged users.

With just four words, this covers all of the things I see as most important for a project.

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Ceph Launches New Community Advisory Board

Ceph logo There are a few important milestones in the life of any open source project: the first outside contribution. The first general release. And, for really successful projects, the creation of a solid governance structure to help guide the project in a way that benefits many.

For Ceph, that milestone is today.

In conjunction with the OpenStack Summit currently taking place in Tokyo, the Ceph community is announcing the formation of an advisory board to assist their community in driving the direction of Ceph. Specifically, the new advisory board will launch with the goal of expanding and enhancing community participation and collaboration for the Ceph project, working closely with the community’s technical and user committees.

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Community Profile--RDO Project

RDO logo

Community Profile: RDO Project
Name: RDO
Initial Release: April 15, 2013
Community Manager: Rich Bowen
Downstream: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform (RHELOSP)
Upstream: OpenStack
Governance: A collaborative, community-driven governance that communicates through IRC and various RDO mailing lists. (
Web Site:
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus
Software: Download, Source Code
Description: A free distribution of OpenStack that runs on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is different from many other OpenStack distributions in that it is community-supported. OpenStack is open source software to build public and private clouds.

The Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat continues to support a variety of open source projects driven by different communities. Of the communities that OSAS supports, RDO will be the second community highlighted in our new blog series. The goal of these blogs is that readers will further understand the highlight community and how they play into the Red Hat ecosystem.

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Managing the World of the Small

ATO 2015 Logo There is a growing discussion in the IT world about the ways in which we, as information technologists, will approach managing the world of the small.

There are two aspects of current technology that fall into this category of "small"–containers and the Internet of Things. Both technologies were the subject of two intriguing keynotes at the opening session of All Things Open yesterday.

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Introducing the OSAS Community Dashboard

Red Hat's Open Source and Standards (OSAS) group, working with Bitergia, is capturing interesting data from some of the upstream projects with which Red Hat is deeply involved. On this page, you'll find various vital signs from projects like oVirt, RDO, ManageIQ, and Gluster.

It's useful for folks who are familiar with an open source project to be able to see, at a glance, the general trends for things like mailing list activity, IRC discussions, or how many bugs/issues are being opened and closed.

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A Containers-Eye View of LinuxCon EU

Atomic Logo I recently attended LinuxCon Europe 2015 from 5-7 October, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. I came with high expectations and goals and I am pleased to be able to say they were met.

The conference was combined with two other conferences (CloudOpen and Embedded Linux Conference Europe) and I expected it to be a painful to navigate a huge venue, where I wouldn't be able to find anyone. Instead, at about 1500-2000 people, the combined conference was very addressable, allowed for easy crossing of tracks, and presented a fantastic "hallway track." The organizers, sponsors, and venue did a fantastic job.

Rather than recap every talk I attended, I'll talk about the event from the perspective of a software engineer working with container-related technologies. In my $dayjob I focus on Project Atomic, a collection of container-related technologies that make containers easier to implement and deploy. While the project focuses on Docker containers and tends to use the Kubernetes orchestrator, Atomic is really container-technology agnostic.

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Don't Skeumorph your Containers, Use Microservices Instead

The genesis of this article was a financial industry luncheon in New York City a couple of years back at which I was invited to speak. The topic was this new "containers" thing: what it was, where it was going, and how it could best be used. Of particular interest was how containers related to virtual machines (VMs).

At this point, it's worth remembering the context in which server virtualization and its VMs became such a popular technology, fundamentally changing how many datacenters were operated and spawning a mini-industry of complementary vendors and products. Although initially introduced as primarily a tool for developers, virtualization rapidly became instead a way to carve out multiple virtual servers from a single physical server. This server consolidation was initially driven by cost-cutting, a popular pasttime after the dot-com bubble popped.

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Celebrating Software Freedom Day and 30 Years of GNU

SFD Logo September 19 is a significant day for those of us who work and play in the world of free and open source software (FLOSS). Software Freedom Day, a global celebration of FLOSS falls on this date, with this year being even more significant, because this month also marks the 30th anniversary of GNU!

It is, at a certain level, pretty amazing: the choice to share software and see it built freely for its own sake has influenced innovation within IT for three decades. Technologies like cloud computing, big data, containers… these all were successful not in spite of FLOSS, but because of it. Free software has has a personal effect on its practitioners as well.

To celebrate Software Freedom Day, we put out the request here at Red Hat: what was your first experience with free software? The answers were full of tech, but also touched on a lot of positive emotions. Free software, lest we forget, means something, as the answers to our question certainly suggest.

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