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Comment: Re:the importance of dominant designs (Score 1) 27

by martenmickos (#44397483) Attached to: Should OpenStack Embrace Amazon AWS?

You bring up an interesting and relevant point about how various APIs are used by the applications. But when I think about how the world of software is evolving, it seems that those management APIs are becoming more important, because a software application of today must know not just how to run, but also how to be deployed.

Comment: the importance of dominant designs (Score 2) 27

by martenmickos (#44395705) Attached to: Should OpenStack Embrace Amazon AWS?

I believe it is both difficult and important to align with dominant designs. 30 years ago it was a good bet to develop software for the new x86 architecture, 15 years ago it was a good idea to bet on the new world-wide web, 10 years ago on the new LAMP stack. Today, the API layer is where different pieces of software come together and where brilliant software developers congregate. It's about AWS, but it's even more about the new design paradigm that the AWS APIs represent. Of course there will not be just one set of APIs. We know that in addition to AWS, we have OpenStack, Microsoft, VMware and Google are all building theirs. One of them will be dominant. Randy Bias brings forward an important point.

Comment: Re:Open to you or Open to Everyone Else? (Score 2) 70

by martenmickos (#42880485) Attached to: Which Cloud System Is the Most Open?

I'd say that forking is an order of magnitude (or perhaps 2) easier than creating the product in the first place. Forking is hard work. But creating a product from scratch is enormously harder.

The creators and owners have the right to decide on the roadmap of their creation. Closed source software can't deal with disagreements, but open source software can. If you don't like the roadmap, you can create your own branch or your own fork. You don't have to make use of that freedom, but it is a freedom nevertheless, available to all.

Comment: Re:Open to you or Open to Everyone Else? (Score 2) 70

by martenmickos (#42879913) Attached to: Which Cloud System Is the Most Open?

Thx for the comment. I'd say the right to fork prevents the bad things from happening. If you are ever displeased with what the steward of an open source project is doing with it (be it Eucalyptus or something else), you can take the source code and fork it. Happens all the time (OpenOffice, MySQL, Android, etc.).

Comment: Re:Eucalyptus openness (Score 3, Interesting) 70

by martenmickos (#42879883) Attached to: Which Cloud System Is the Most Open?

We believe in Linux, KVM and Eucalyptus - all production-ready open source software freely available to anyone. Just download and get going. - If you have chosen to use closed source software like VMware's, then as Dishwasha points out there are commercial plug-ins available for Eucalyptus.

Marten Mickos
CEO, Eucalyptus Systems

Networking

Take a Free Networking Class From Stanford 128

Posted by timothy
from the beats-tuition dept.
New submitter philip.levis writes "Nick McKeown and I are offering a free, online class on computer networking. We're professors of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford and are also co-teaching Stanford's networking course this quarter. The free, online class will run about six weeks and is intended to be accessible to people who don't program: the prerequisites are an understanding of probability, bits and bytes, and how computers lay out memory. Given how important the Internet is, we think a more accessible course on the principles and practice of computer networks could be a very valuable educational resource. I'm sure many Slashdot readers will already know much of what we'll cover, but for those who don't, here's an opportunity to learn!"
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Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful 413

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the photoshop-phriday-replaced-by-state-secrets-saturday dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Here's one that even The Onion would reject as too blatantly ridiculous: American right-wing radio and TV clown Glenn Beck believes that Sean Smith aka Vile Rat, the EVE Online diplomat who was killed earlier this month during the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, was actually a CIA agent, relaying communications to his fellow undercover agents at Something Awful."

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