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 @spotrh

Looking Back on the Gluster Summit

Gluster logoOn 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, and the website.

Attendees were also treated to fine local sights and food, courtesy of our sponsors: Red Hat, Facebook, Datalab.es, and Barcelona iCapital. We even had a special introduction from Eduard Martin, the Innovation Director from the Societat del Coneixement i Arquitectures TIC in Institut Municipal d’Informatica, Barcelona.

One of the main goals of the Summit was to bring the community together, face to face, to build momentum and excitement about the technology and its roadmap. Also important was for the community itself to feel energized and connected to each other.

The most common comment at the end of the Summit was people wanting to know when we would be doing another one.

Highlights

Facebook presented on their use of Gluster, and some new open source work to access NFS and Gluster instances using common CLI commands without mounting the storage directly.

There were several presentations discussing improvements to glusterd, with general agreement that refactoring for 4.0 was a good plan

There was also much discussion on the topic of what the future of distribution looked like for Gluster.

Slides are being collected from the presenters, and will be archived on the Gluster website. Ten of the talks were recorded, and have been uploaded to YouTube:

For more information about the Gluster Summit (including the full list of presentations), see the full agenda on the Gluster Community site.

How the First Minor in FOSS Grew From an Idea into FOSS@MAGIC

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. 

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