Size and Change

Apple and Orange I have been thinking about how size can affect culture and adaptability of groups recently. The topic once again came up today in a talk about what makes a healthy community. The answer to that will depend on the community’s size and maturity. An open source project, in the words of one participant in one conversation I had recently on this subject, should have "the minimum level of structure to allow it to function effectively." I agree—just enough is the right amount. This article contains some ponderings on the relationship between size and communities, and some conclusions we can take from that.

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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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Trying out oVirt’s Probabilistic Optimizer

Next week in Los Angeles, I’ll be giving a talk at the SCALE 13x conference on oVirt’s new OptaPlanner-powered scheduling adviser.

Martin Siv├ík wrote a great post about the feature a couple of months ago, but didn’t cover its installation process, which still has a few rough edges.

Read on to learn how to install the optimizer, and start applying fancy probabilistic fu to your oVirt VM launches and migrations.

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