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+ - Texas Linux Fest coming up->

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christian.einfeldt writes "Penguinistas in the Lone Star State will soon get a chance to share the love at the upcoming Texas Linux Fest, taking place on April 10, 2010. This event is signficant due to the fact that is the first Linux fest of this size to be held in Texas, according to long-time Linux advocate and blogger Ken Starks, who offers this interview of one of the event's founders, Nate Willis. The saying goes that they do everything big in Texas, and the promoters are hoping that this event will be no exception, as they are billing it as a regional event, according to Starks' interview with Willis."
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+ - DevOps: Sysadmin meet Developer and Vice-Versa-> 1

Submitted by socialized
socialized (1258014) writes "DevOps, also referred to as agile systems administration, is a big part of how Kris Buytaert, a Senior Linux and Open Source Consultant with the Belgian firm Inuits who, likes to create opens source apps for business. Buytaert describes himself as a developer who "then became an Op" and as such, began to see the challenges facing both sides of the application deployment process. The 451 Group also has recently noted this phenomenon as have may others (Stephen Nelson-Smith, Jake Sorofman) .There's even a series of Devops Days internationally and OpsCamp is running DevOps styleunconferences for cloud computing (Devops.Info lists even more self-organizing conferences). How many systems administrators consider themselves part developers and how many developers consider their operations knowledge a critical to their ability to create software?"
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+ - 10 Virtualization Companies You Never Heard Of

Submitted by VerbalKint
VerbalKint (666) writes "I used to be primarily a database admin(mostly MySQL and Postgres) but I just took a new job where I have to do a lot of sysadmin work. We have a large number of virtual servers (VMware and Xen) and a lot of virtualized storage (NetApp). Datamation just published an article talking about the 10 Emerging Virtualization Companies Shaking up Datacenters in 2010 I haven't heard of any of them: ScaleMP, Syncsort and Zenoss (At least it's open source) look interesting but I haven't used any of them. Has anyone? What virtualization tools do you use for security and management of virtualized infrastructure (VMware and especially Xen) and virtualized storage? Are there any open source tools out there that I can use — especially that don't require me to run a Windows client (I prefer a Linux desktop)?"

+ - Open Source Cloud Monitoring-> 2

Submitted by MyRottenHell
MyRottenHell (666) writes "After beta testing Zenoss Core for the last month yesterday version 2.5 went live yesterday. It's the first monitoring tool I found that gives me Amazon EC2 cloud monitoring. My sites are running Drupal and I was using a synthetic transaction plug-in to monitor website responses and and an ODBC plugin to test MySQL. The only thing I need now is something to monitor Amazon S3 does anyone know of a open source (or at least free) tool that does this."
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+ - 101 Open Source Apps for Biz and do you care?

Submitted by IMRU
IMRU (666) writes "Datamation published yet another list of open source apps for business — 101 Open Source Apps for Enterprises quite a few of them we use or are thinking of using e.g. Mindtouch for our intranet, Zenoss to monitor our servers and WAN, KnowledgeTree for our customer documentation and manuals, etc. I like the fact that they are open source mainly because it means there are good communities especially IRC and forums to get help...actually free support. That's also why we use the software because it is free. I never write code or contribute changes. With all things being equal does anyone really care if it's open source or do most people use the software because it's free(as in beer)?"

Comment: Zenoss it is (Score 0) 342

by F.O.Dobbs (#28631263) Attached to: What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?

Bias alert, I'm the Zenoss Community Manager.

Zenoss was written with the intention of making it easy to monitor and manage tens of thousands of network devices remotely. By using templates and device classes, once you have a single machine monitored the way you like, you can apply that to thousands of other devices, making individual changes as necessary. Zenoss handles network hardware, servers (Linux, Unix and Windows), databases, applications and just about anything else you need to monitor. There's a network map and a Google map mashup for mapping. No need to start from scratch, there's already an Open Source (GPLv2) Python-based solution with a large community and installers for Linux and OSX and a VMware image to get started (plus source for everything else). Lots of documentation and frequent releases, with commercial support available. If you're coming from Nagios or Cactii, you can reuse any custom plugins you've developed.

Comment: There are Contributors at Every Level (Score 1) 312

by F.O.Dobbs (#28168885) Attached to: Should Enterprise IT Give Back To Open Source?
I'm the Community Manager for Zenoss, an open source enterprise network monitoring application. We have thousands of installations and even more users, and we see a lot of the same participation percentages seen by Linux and Wikipedia. There's a great article call Participation Inequality, pointing out that about 90% of users are never heard from again and 10% participate in forums, mailing lists and other indirect ways. We see similar numbers ourselves, and we get really great contributions from hundreds of users from enterprise IT staffs. Extensions, patches, testing and documentation are all provided by our community, you just have to work with them to lower the barriers to entry.

You can be replaced by this computer.