Best of Interviews

Check out our 10 most-read interviews in 2016.
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At we interview a lot of people from all sorts of backgrounds and areas of expertise in open source over the course of a year. In this roundup of the 10 most-read interviews, we focus on new or existing open source projects, conference sessions, and career-related issues.

Keeping DOS alive and kicking with open source

In this interview with Jim Hall, FreeDOS Developer, we are reminded of one of the first operating systems: DOS. Before reading this interview, I didn't realize DOS was still being used! Did you? Jim has been developing FreeDOS for over two decades and shares with us all its uses and his vision for future releases.

An introduction to OpenStack clouds for beginners

Before his presentation at SCaLE 14x, Andrew Chow, an OpenStack developer, talked with Sandeep Khuperkar. Each year we hear more and more about the cloud, and OpenStack is a huge part of that for many developers and companies. "OpenStack is just like a Lego set; we can pick and choose to fit a particular deployment requirement," said Chow. Who doesn't love Lego's ease of use?

Is Brave the new champion the open web needs?

What's your favorite browser? In this interview, Benjamin Kerensa talks to JavaScript founder Brendan Eich about what he hopes will become your new favorite, Brave. According to it website, "Brave aims to transform the online ad ecosystem with micropayments and a new revenue-sharing solution to give users and publishers a better deal, where fast, safe browsing is the path to a brighter future for the open web."

Finding the signal in the noise of Linux system monitoring

Before his talk at LinuxFest Northwest, Ilan Rabinovitch, director of Datadog's Technical Community and self-described recovering sysadmin, sat down with Seth Kenlon to talk about system monitoring. Ilan recommends that sysadmins monitor everything, but adds that they also have to be aware of how to filter out what's important and what's not.

How Apache Kafka is powering a real-time data revolution

Neha Narkhede gave one of the keynotes at All Things Open this year, and Deb Nicholson had the pleasure of interviewing her ahead of time. Narkhede talks about diversity in open source and leaving LinkedIn to start her own company, Confluent, which focuses on Apache Kafka development.

8 reasons to make the switch to IPv6

Owen DeLong, a senior manager of Network Architecture at Akamai Technologies, spoke with Girish Managoli before his talk at SCaLE 14x. Owen's talk on IPv6 was long overdue (he says we should have been thinking about IPv6 20 years ago), and was even more important because many regions are actually out of new IPv4 addresses.

Hacking the farm with low-cost, open source tool designs

Open source isn't just about hardware and software. Marcin Jakubowski, founder of Open Source Ecology, was interviewed by Don Watkins about the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), open source blueprints for the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist.

Tips from a software engineer for a balanced life

A very busy Kent Dodds catches up with D Ruth Bavousett. He's a full stack JavaScript engineer at PayPal, hosts JavaScript Air, co-hosts React30, is an instructor on, is a Google Developer Expert, and spends a lot of time on Twitter and GitHub. With that jam-packed schedule, he's had to be very deliberate about his time and imparts a few of the lessons he's learned for living a more balanced life.

Driving cars into the future with Linux

When I was shopping for a new car, I wanted to find one with an open source media system, but I didn't have much luck. I didn't even think about the software that makes the car go. In this interview with Alison Chaiken, a software engineer at Peloton Technology and an expert on automotive Linux, cybersecurity, and transparency, we learn about Alison's work with open source software for our cars.

MySQL and database programming for beginners

Dave Stokes, a MySQL user for more than 15 years, was interviewed by Robin Muilwijk about how best to start developing with MySQL. My first tip lines up with Dave's perfectly: Read the MySQL manual, it's amazing!

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Nicole C. Baratta (Engard) is a Senior Content Strategist at Red Hat. She received her MLIS from Drexel University and her BA from Juniata College. Nicole volunteers as the Director of ChickTech Austin. Nicole is known for many different publications including her books “Library Mashups", "More Library Mashups", and "Practical Open Source Software for Libraries".

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