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OpenStack Icehouse brings new features for the enterprise

OpenStack Icehouse

Deploying an open source enterprise cloud just got a little bit easier yesterday with the release of the newest version of the OpenStack platform: Icehouse. To quote an email from OpenStack release manager Thierry Carrez announcing the release, "During this cycle we added a new integrated component (Trove), completed more than 350 feature blueprints, and fixed almost 3000 reported bugs in integrated projects alone!" » Read more

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Giving rise to the cloud with OpenStack Heat

Heat for OpenStack orchestration

Setting up an application server in the cloud isn't that hard if you're familiar with the tools and your application's requirements. But what if you needed to do it dozens or hundreds of times, maybe even in one day? Enter Heat, the OpenStack Orchestration project. Heat provides a templating system for rolling out infrastructure within OpenStack to automate the process and attach the right resources to each new instance of your application.

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DevOps amplifies your open source credentials

open source experience

Can you really do DevOps without sharing scripts or code? DevOps manifesto proponents value cross-functional teams, symbiotic relationships, and continual feedback loops. Effective DevOps initiatives create engaged communities where team interactions amplify personal actions. When technology teams find adopting a DevOps culture is more difficult than using DevOps tools, suggest the open source way as a path forward.

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How to govern a project on the scale of OpenStack

Managing collaborative open source projects

How an open source project is governed can matter just as much as the features it supports, the speed at which it runs, or the code that underlies it. Some open source projects have what we might call a "benevolent dictator for life." Others are outgrowths of corporate projects that, while open, still have their goals and code led by the company that manages it. And of course, there are thousands of projects out there that are written and managed by a single person or a small group of people for whom governance is less of an issue than insuring project sustainability.

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Making FLOSS circumvention tools safer for journalists and activists

Open data and privacy

Software tools that bypass censorship and surveillance, also known as circumvention technology, are used in variety of contexts. Chinese citizens get around the Great Firewall to access censored sites and popular international social media platforms. Activists in Iran bypass government surveillance to post photos and video of anti-government demonstrations. Journalists in Mexico circumvent cartel surveillance to report on local drug-related violence.

While circumvention tools have become more popular in recent years, many are shipped with little or no security review. This is precarious since any error could place end-users who are located in high-risk areas in danger. » Read more

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Linux to the rescue! Windows XP support discontinued today

Choose Linux to replace Windows XP

Today, as Microsoft discontinues support for Windows XP, a 12 year old operating system, users all over the world find themselves with only a few options to choose from as they move on. It's not surprising that Microsoft encourages users to migrate to Windows 8.1, but of course, there are other alternatives. The best one by far is Linux. With over 100 distributions, Linux not only offers flexibility, but also reliability and support. » Read more

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Facebook rebooting their open source contributions

The path to open source

Facebook is on a new open source journey. They're managing hundreds of active open source projects across the company and over the last nine months, have rebooted how they run those projects. Just scroll through their GitHub pages to browse the projects they're actively contributing to. Yes, they have six pages of projects on GitHub. » Read more

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LinuxCon North America 2014 comes to Chicago

sharing open ideas

More than 100 sessions ranging from simple tutorials and workshops to deep technical dives and everything in between.

More than 1000 attendees to collaborate with, an opportunity to network with thought leaders in the open source world, and a world class venue at an international city.

Welcome to LinuxCon 2014 North America, the largest conference featuring Linux, taking place in Chicago, August 20 - 22, 2014 at the Sheraton Chicago hotel. » Read more

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Lowering barriers to open source contributions with OpenShift Origin

Contribution is key

This past week, the OpenShift Origin repository on Github saw some major code merges from external contributors that added MSFT .Net functionality to the OpenShift Origin platform. Thousands of new lines of code were tested and merged successfully into the OpenShift Origin codebase, which was then instantly made available for anyone to download and deploy. » Read more

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Storing data in the cloud with GlusterFS and OpenStack Swift

Innovative ideas for cloud storage

Udo Seidel is no stranger to dealing with enormous file stores. Udo is Section Manager for Linux Strategy and Server Automation at Amadeus Data Processing GmbH and will be giving a talk with Vijay Bellur at DevNation in San Francisco, California later this month on developing applications with GlusterFS and OpenStack Swift. » Read more

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