Monthly Archives: February 2013

markmSo last night I released a podcast that got a terrific number of downloads with Robyn Bergeron of Fedora and tonight I bring you one of the other podcasts I recorded recently at FOSDEM with Mark McLoughlin of Red Hat, who apart from being a seriously talented software engineer was also recently elected onto the Foundation Board of OpenStack. Terrific guy, passionate about Cloud, passionate about his team at Red Hat and very clued up.

Now we'd been trying to record this recently but diaries hadn't synced and if you get a chance to record with Mark you take it. However, the Gods were against us everytime I hit record on my rig at FOSDEM. We were given what I can only describe as a bunker to record in, a room with no windows, with broken furniture, geriatric Red Cross volunteers positioned there to deal with dehydrated and broken geeks who had over done the Belgian beer intake the night before.

They didn't respect we were recording and we had to cope with foil wrapped geeks, in fact the last podcast I managed to record was interupted by a very sick and ill Python developer being vocal into a bucket six feet from where I was recording. Not ideal. Next year I hope they can cater for us a LOT better. Seriously less than impressed.

The recording we did with Mark I knew from the minute I pressed record was going to be testing. I've tried to clean it up digitally to get rid of first aid traffic noise and echo and am still not happy with the quality by any degree. However Mark and I wanted to get it out to you and the consensus is that it's good to go.

Come back soon for some far better sounding audio !

Download the podcast here in MP3 format only

bryancheBryan Che who leads the technology team in the Cloud BU at Red Hat recorded a great podcast talking ManageIQ in the same vein that I did with John Hardy earlier in the year. Appearing on the DABCC show, the first in a series of podcasts with some of our technology team across the entire stack Bryan talks about why we acquired ManageIQ and what this means from a practical application perspective.

You can listen to the podcast here

Sat on my desk in front of me delivered earlier this week from Amazon's online ordering (and printing platform) is Gordon Haff's new book Computing Next which was published last week globally.

Gordon is my opposite number in the US at Red Hat and we recently spent time together in London and in Belgium and I always enjoy his company both as a friend and as a technologist with a grasp of the drivers of modern computing consumption. A talented writer, podcaster and analyst he has delivered a thought provoking publication that should be on the radar of every manager involved with the acquisition or provisioning of virtualisation and cloud. Especially where that involves any degree of outsourcing. It features a lot of context editorial designed to start conversations and cleverly dovetails in thought provoking interviews with industry leaders and those involved in Cloud Computing (theres a three page reproduced interview with me in there as well).

Gordon has put together a video piece talking about the book which you can see, also I like the fact that Gordon categorically proves here that Steve Jobs isn't the only techical guru who can carry off a polo neck.

I have personally bought a number of these out my own pocket and will be giving one away in an upcoming podcast in a competition so watch out for that.

Available now in print format from and Amazon regionally, as well as in eBook format for Kindle it's well worth reading and compared to a lot of the other cloud books I've purchased and read cover to cover it actually delivers to the layman.

Today's podcast is with Robyn Bergeron who is of course the Community Project Leader of the Fedora Project, the erstwhile evergreen Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat.

Last June Robyn and I were in Boston together and I meant to get her in front of one of my microphones to record a podcast but it was the last day of Red Hat Summit and people were packing up and getting ready to disappear all points east and west and it never happened.

So it was a given that the first opportunity I had to record something with her turned into a forty five minute recording I've cut down to about 25 minutes or so for this podcast.  We talk Fedora of course, releases, release criteria and etiquette, conventions and community, we talk OpenStack, we talk Aeolus and JBoss and all things technical that make up Fedora's capabilities as part of upstream RHEL.

Listen carefully and you may even hear John Mark Walker from muscle in on the recording. Do of course download and listen, or subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher Internet Radio, Podfeed or via the RSS using your client of choice.

Download the podcast here in MP3 format only