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Parsing Technology: Software Collections and Containers

Software Collections logo Even working at Red Hat, it can be very challenging to keep up on all the latest technologies that permeate through our upstream projects and downstream products. No sooner than you can get your head wrapped around the notion of virtual datacenters vs. cloud computing, now all of a sudden you have to learn about containers. And don't even get me started on tools like Atomic App and Nulecule.

One of the things that's always bothered me a little bit about containers is that, on the surface, they seem to overlap a lot with the functionality of other technologies. When I hear someone talking about containerizing something like Fedora or openSUSE, it's pretty easy to think of containers as just fancy portable virtual machines—even though there is not a speck of hypervisor technology anywhere inside of container architecture. But from an initiate's point of view, it is easy to see how the overlapping functionalities can blur the perception between containers and virtual machines.

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Gluster Goes to FAST

Gluster logo We hosted a small meetup/birds of a feather session at USENIX’s FAST conference. FAST is a conference that focuses on File And Storage Technologies in Santa Clara, California.

Vijay Bellur, Gluster Project Lead, did a short talk on Gluster.Next, our ongoing architectural evolution in Gluster to improve scaling and enable new use cases like like storage as a service, storage for containers, and hyperconvergence.

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oVirt Rolls Into FOSDEM

fosdem logo Last month I was honored to experience my first FOSDEM as a devroom manager, for the Virtualization & Infrastructure-as-a-Service room. Despite my previous experience running open source events and my experience with FOSDEM as an attendee, running a devroom was a whole new beast, due to the sheer size of the conference and the broad scope of the devroom content.

The 500-person room was really well-attended, with many interesting talks about areas such as KVM/QEMU, libvirt, OpenStack, oVirt, Xen, and container integrations. For the most part, we had around 80% capacity, with notable exceptions being Containers and Virtualization by Joe Brockmeier, which packed the room to capacity, as well as I Find Your Lack of Threads Disturbing by Paolo Bonzini and Oh My! Oh My Vagrant by James Shubin, both of which came as very close runner-ups.

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Community Fences and Gates

Admin Cat One of the great pleasures in my career has been teaching at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. There's nothing like teaching IT concepts to business students and seeing the light bulb go off when they see the potential of technology in their work.

Occasionally, I will get a request from a student or student assistant for a reference. Sometimes for a foreign exchange program or sometimes for a job. This week, one of my former assistants asked me to be a reference for him at a non-profit organization in Chicago for which he wants to volunteer. I agreed immediately, naturally, but it struck me as a little disappointing that someone has to jump through the hurdle of getting a reference just because he wants to volunteer to help people.

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Gluster Takes Its Show on the Road

Gluster logo The last week of January and the first week of February were packed with events and meetings.

This blog contains my observations, opinions, and ideas in the hope that they will be useful or at least interesting for some.

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RDO Community Day at FOSDEM

RDO logo Time does get away from me! It's been three weeks now since I was in Brussels for FOSDEM. On the day before FOSDEM started, we held the first RDO Community Day as part of the CentOS Dojo. (Mark your calendars, we're definitely doing this again next year!)

Rewinding a little… last year at FOSDEM, we had a few RDO presentations as part of the CentOS Dojo. This was very well received, and at the RDO meetup at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, we decided to make it into a whole day.

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Welcome to the new oVirt.org Website

oVirt logo As part of their efforts to upgrade the ovirt.org website and improve the community experience, the oVirt community has migrated the oVirt website from a MediaWiki site to a static site, authored in Markdown and published with Middleman. This was a major project that took more than six months and involved many contributors from all aspects of the project.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were involved with this migration, from content reviewers to UX designers and Website admins who gave their time and brain power to make this happen.

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DevConf.cz Brings Devs to the Cutting Edge

DevConf logo On a quiet college campus in a small city in Eastern Europe, 1,200 professional and student developers recently descended to learn more about the future of coding. The general consensus from the participants was very much mission accomplished.

DevConf.cz is one of those annual events that looms high on the calendars of many Red Hat employees and contractors, since its location in Brno, Czech Republic puts it in the same location as Red Hat's largest engineering office in the world. Proximity to the Brno offices affords the event a lot of Red Hat attendees, but this is very much a conference for any developer who wants to see where market and community leaders are taking development best practices and projects.

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A Red Hat Journey to Linux.conf.au 2016

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Every year a (relatively) large number of Red Hatters descend upon a town/city in Australia or New Zealand for linux.conf.au. This is a blog of my week and a brain dump of sessions I attended or feel would be of value to my colleagues at Red Hat and in the broader open source community.

As a nomadic and volunteer-run event, linux.conf.au moves location each year around Australia and NZ, with a new team and a new focus. For 2016, the location was Geelong Australia from 1-5 February, with around 600 attendees from over 30 countries.

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Free As In (Lots of) Speech

scale14x logo At first blush, the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE) and the Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM) would seem to be as far apart as the 5611 miles that separate them. Sure, they have some surface similarities–they are both in late January, many of the same projects are showcased at each event, and there is Linux everywhere.

But look a bit past that and you will see two events that represent community within the free and open source ecosystem in sharply different ways.

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