Monthly Archives: August 2012

Taking a detour from Cloud to get an important community message out there.

There are times when having an email address helps my day go that little bit quicker. I've always taken huge pride from being involved in Linux and with Red Hat especially.

Today re-affirms why Red Hat is the number one technology company you would ever want to work at and why it's staffed by great people, managed by thought leaders, steered by the best directors and has a community and groundswell that is unmatched - anywhere.

To those that took time out to record this - kudos, to those that put the funding in place to make it happen and steer this to fruition I applaud you.

Now all thats required is for as many of you as possible to watch this from end to end and if you feel that you can - share it. Thats what Creative Commons is all about. Every time Red Hat does something to make me wearing my red fedora with pride I take stock, this time I just feel humbled.


Next week I'm hopefully getting together online with CaptainKVM himself - Jon Benedict, ex Red Hat now at NetApp. Plan is, if we can get the technology right, to record a podcast which I think will be pretty cool to download and listen to.

Red Hat and NetApp work pretty closely together and Jon also contributes to oVirt which Red Hat is deeply committed to and very supportive of with the likes of Carl Trieloff and Chris Wright contributing so much goodness to the cause.

That brings me onto the topic of oVirt. I suddenly realised I've been writing this blog since May and a subtle search of the site demonstrated I hadn't mentioned oVirt once. Shame on me, I have an oVirt sticker on my iPad case, on my Thinkpad, have it installed here and have never thought to write an article on it. I repent, I have seen the error of my ways and I promise to get something up either later today (work permitting) or early next week.

For now direct your browsers at oVirt's website and here's a great guide to getting up and running with version 3.1 from our very own Jason Brooks blog

I just recorded a podcast with Jon Masters from Red Hat Westford. Jon is based in the US but is a Brit and was here visiting his family so I saw an opportunity to sit down with him and record a podcast.

Jon and I go way back. In 2000 I was giving a keynote at a Linux roadshow with Lawrence Manning my then development partner at Smoothwall when we were interviewed by a young guy then eighteen years old, still in the sixth form at school for an article in Linux User magazine. We're both long seasoned veterans of the Open Source cause.

Twelve years on and the roles are reversed and I'm the one interviewing him. We're both very proudly working for the same organisation and both still living and breathing Open Source. Having spent brief time together in Boston recently he'd promised to record something so we rented some office space near his folks for a few hours and this is the result.

We're going to talk about Jon's talk he gave at Summit where he used his racing bike and a generator to power some ARM powered servers live on stage in front of an audience. You can see the resulting video from the RedHatVideo feed on YouTube at the base of this article. We'll gloss over the bit about him locking his bike accidentally to the venue and having to be rescued by kind people with cutting gear.

We're going to talk also about Raspberry PI, educational use of Open Source, our own programming backgrounds as fledgling talents back in the day. It's two geeks having a chat and talking technology as well as the goodness of emerging tech in the Cloud space.

Jon and I are both passionate about renewable energy. Outside Red Hat I have a hobby, TreePlug which aims to give away free the designs and blueprints to generate using solar power enough energy to run a home office or mobile office. In fact I gave Jon some panels I've had manufactured to take home to the US. Jon's passion for hyperscale computing and the low power requirements of these architectures, especially for Cloud computing datacentre usage is obvious when you listen to the podcast - and watch the video.

  Download our chat here in MP3 format or OGG format

Bryan Che has published a great article on on the whole OpenStack piece and the emergence of technologies as they become polished professional and industry standard.

Go read it -