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OpenStack’s Community and Contributors are Gaining Influence

This week I noted in a post that the platelets are shifting in the fast-growing OpenStack cloud computing arena, and there is more and more evidence that this is translating into opportunity for many companies and individuals. Pivotal has just hired some monster OpenStack talent in the form of Joshua McKenty, a cloud computing guru and one of the original architects of OpenStack. He joins Pivotal as field CTO for Cloud Foundry, the open source Platform-as-a-Service.

Meanwhile, the head of the OpenStack Foundation has been providing his thoughts on where the platform and community stand for years after OpenStack’s inception.

Silicon Angle noted the following from the OpenStack Foundation’s Jonathan Bryce:

"In the early days of the initiative, he reflected, the ecosystem consisted mostly of developers caught in the allure of a fledgling open-source platform with the lofty goal of disrupting the enterprise status quo. Once it became clear that OpenStack holds the very real potential to realize its objective, vendors started to join the fray en masse with products and services that placed the project on the accelerating growth project it’s racing along today."

"And now, those offerings are attracting paying customers who Bryce said are emerging as a source of invaluable input for the broader community filling the missing piece in the open-source development puzzle."

 All of this, of course, fits right in with the findings of the OpenStack Foundation’s survey from late last year, which found that a huge number of enterprises were in evaluation mode with OpenStack last year. Those same enterprises are now deploying the platform.

Companies like Pivotal have a big need for people like Josh McKenty, who comes with more in-depth knowledge of the OpenStack platform than just about anybody has. McKenty was a technical architect of NASA Nebula, the U.S. government’s first cloud computing platform, which played a big role in OpenStack’s launch.

Recently,  I reported on Oracle’s release of its OpenStack for Oracle Linux distribution, and on HP’s pledge to spend $1 billion over the next two years on products and services surrounding OpenStack, under Helion’s branded umbrella.

As we close out 2014, we’re going to see OpenStack emerging as one of the most influential open source platforms of all time, with organizations large and small running it.


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Mozilla and Ford Team on Effort to Protect the Open Web

In partnership with Ford, Mozilla has just launched its Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows Program, which is "a Global Initiative to Recruit the Heroes of the Open Internet." In short, Mozilla is convinced that the bulk of the available tech talent in the job market goes to companies like Google and Facebook (which would also be companies that pay up for tech talent), while government organizations and nonprofits can’t attract talent.

Research from Ford and Mozilla shows that barely 10 percent of computer science students wind up working in those sectors. The research also shows a dearth of open source skills in these sectors. Here is how the new program aims to change that. 

Mark Surman, Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation, and Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation, have a co-written post up, in which they write:

"We are joining together today to launch the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows program, a landmark initiative to create a worldwide community of leaders who will advance and protect the free and open Web."

"Ford-Mozilla Fellows will be immersed in projects that create a better understanding of Internet policy issues among civil society, policy makers, and the broader public."

"Fellows will be technologists, hackers, and makers who work on a range of Internet policy issues, from privacy and security to surveillance and net neutrality. They will create an affirmative agenda and improve coordination across the sector, boosting the overall number of people throughout society (in nonprofit, government, philanthropy, academic and corporate sectors) that protect the Internet. At present, a whole new architecture is emerging at NGOs and in government where a technology lens is vital to achieving results, just as a focus on law and communications were important in building previous capacity. Fellows will be encouraged to work in the open so that they can share their experiences and learnings with others. Around the world, civil society organizations are working under difficult situations to advance social justice and create a thriving digital society where all voices have an opportunity to be heard."

 Mozilla and Ford note that you can apply to be a Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellow by visiting http://ift.tt/1rHGU0o. The application deadline is December 31, 2014.

In case this sounds more like a pipe dream than reality, Ford and Mozilla also have a pretty impressive group of early partners in the program, including:

 American Civil Liberties Union

Amnesty International

Free Press

Open Technology Institute

 Public Knowledge

"We must support the heroes – the developers, advocates and people who are fighting to protect and advance the free and open Internet," the announcement notes.


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Bad Saved Games, Fedora Scheduling, and Scribbling

softwareIn tonight’s Linux news, GamingOnLinux.com poster says "game saves are messing up our drives" – stop it! Phoronix.com is reporting on discussions of changing Fedora release schedule. Jack Germain says Scribbleton creates a personal local wiki to store anything from notes to books and Opera 25 draws near.

A poster named Skully today said on GamingOnLinux.com, "Currently games seem to be saving wherever they like, it’s making one hell of a mess. Heaven forbid I might want to ever backup all my savegames. Just trying to navigate my home folder to find something important is becoming extremely annoying." Then Skully shares just part of the adventure and concludes, "I try to keep my HDD nice and tidy, with everything in its place. I don’t have my music collection splattered everywhere, it’s all in my ~/Music. Pictures are all in ~/Pictures etc. Please someone FIX THIS."

It’s become a running joke to poke fun at Fedora’s continually slipping schedule and developers have been discussing the best way to fix it. Various ideas have been batted around once in a while but the latest one involves set release dates twice a year much like Ubuntu. According to Phoronix.com, "Fedora developers are currently looking at doing releases the second Tuesdays in May and October." They think this would allow developers to get into a rhythm of sorts and it could go into effect as early as Fedora 22.

Jack M. Germain takes a look at Scribbleton, a note-taking link-making local-saving word processor/text editor/wiki. Germain says to think of it as "an easy-to-use database to create links between words, phrases and pages." He runs down its features along with the pros and cons and concludes, "The ability to use this product as a note-taking tool or personal wiki tool makes it an inviting concept to watch. [While] Scribbleton is not in the same class as applications like Zim, KeepNote and Take-Note, this latest alpha release shows that Scribbleton has some potential."

In other news:

* Debian Project News – September 29th, 2014

* Opera for Linux to Get a Stable Version Soon

* Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 385

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Our Updated Resources for Hadoop Training and Certification

Hardly any echnology trend these days is drawing more attention than the Big Data trend. And, when talking Big Data, the subject of Hadoop comes up, as it remains the star open source framework for drawing insights from large data sets. Big tech companies like Yahoo and eBay use Hadoop extensively, but it’s also used by smaller companies these days, and we’ve reported before that the job market is very healthy for people with Hadoop and Big Data skills.

In this post, you’ll find our updated set of the very best resources for gaining expertise with Hadoop, and many of the resources don’t cost a lot of time or money. They may even lead to work for you in the Big Data arena.

Hortonworks, a spin-off of Yahoo, has been providing many kinds of Hadoop training for a long time now, and runs Hortonworks University, which focuses on teaching beginning to advanced Hadoop skills. We covered the company’s training programs in this post, and Hortonworks also offers extensive Hadoop courseware. According to the company:

"Hortonworks is the only place where you can find training that has been co-created with the people who are setting the standards for Hadoop…Working along side a team of Hadoop architects, committers and practitioners with deep technical and practical knowledge enables us to collect that knowledge and make it available to you as soon as the product is delivered."

Meanwhile, Cloudera has been providing Hadoop training for years, and there is very likely a class near you. You can the Cloudera site for details on the locally offered classes.  Cloudera’s training ranges from architectural instruction to fundamentals of MapReduce and powerful analytics. The company also offers certification.

Informatica is another popular souce for Hadoop training, and there are classes offered online.  Intel, too, has a Hadoop training program.  There are some other reasonably good Hadoop training courses offered on the web, such as this one from Udacity. These often include free trials, so you can effectively “sit in” on a class, auditing to see if it is right for you.

Hortonworks officials predicted not long ago that half of the world’s data will be processed by Apache Hadoop within five years.  Whether you are already an IT pro or not, it’s worth looking into building your skills with this platform.  And, if you’re just starting to get your mind around Hadoop, Information Week has an interesting breakdown on how to explain the platform to people completely unfamiliar with it.


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Apache Storm is ready for prime time

Storm, a real-time framework for dealing with Big Data, has become an Apache top level project.

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