Open Source Conversations
IT Conversations publishes a number of shows that deal with free and open source software. We've created this channel as a way of helping people interested in open source software find talks, discussions, presentations, and interviews about that topic.
There's a lot of talk about the use of open source in government, but oftentimes during procurement, the idea isn't taken seriously. Bryan Sivak, Chief Technical Officer of the District of Columbia, celebrates a 20% Linux data center, the Design for Democracy competitions, and the introduction of secure online absentee voting. He also makes frank observations on why open source is not yet viable in some government applications, and talks about the future announcement of "Code for America".
Metrics have to be state of the art to measure performance on SSDs, solid state drives. In this short yet technical talk, Dr. Bradley Kuszmaul from Tokutech and MIT discusses his own experiences. Comparing InnoDB to his own team's TokuDB he discusses why the fractal based model is faster at dealing with insertions. Going through the thought process involved in speeding up database design, Dr. Kuszmaul discusses using simplified models for speeding up the bandwidth of read/write processes.
Stormy Peters of the GNOME Foundation makes a call for the development of free, open-source web services in which complete data rights are maintained by the user. Noting cases of data lock-outs, or re-use of user data by service providers, she calls for close examination of user agreements. In this short and earthy appeal, Peters says "Don't give away your future choices with the choices you make today."
MeshCentral, a remote monitoring and management web site, allows a user to connect with home or office devices from anywhere in the world. It requires a special management agent on computers, but once installed, the computers will show up in the My Devices section of the MeshCentral web site allowing a user to monitor them, power them on and off and take control of them. Developer Ylian Saint-Hilaire of Intel discusses the project, now in its alpha phase.
To enable a free flow of data across platforms, operating systems and languages, Jean Paoli and his team, the Interoperability Strategy team at Microsoft, are working tirelessly. Paoli asks "What is an open cloud?" He contends that it's a cloud where data moves easily in and out, where programmers can work with the languages they choose. A truly open cloud will unleash the imaginations of developers to use the cloud's new data sets and computing power.
Musician and CD Baby founder Derek Sivers had already built his popular music selling website using his own cobbled-together PHP framework when he realized he needed to do something different. His quirky code was not able to scale as the site grew and Rails was the solution. In his 2010 Railsconf keynote, Sivers describes the journey he took and his own thought processes in deciding to use Rails as a framework for this award-winning project.
Don't just think about the cloud. Think about where it is taking us. Online collaboration is the first wave of a movement transforming how people network. A healthy commons is the real value of open source, making collaboration easier. This collaboration has assisted response to several recent calamities around the world. Tim O'Reilly believes we will need the communication open source allows in order to overcome a wide array of future challenges.
Open government data is being used to increase civic participation in a variety of ways. This series of Rapid Fire talks from the Gov 2.0 Summit shows how companies can transform government data for customers, how online tools can help citizens organize themselves, and how openness in software can provide huge returns on investment.
MySQL has had a turbulent couple of years after it was acquired by Sun and Sun was acquired by Oracle. Kaj Arno, VP of Community Relations at MySQL reviews what has changed so far and what the future holds as MySQL integrates into Oracle.
There is no "in crowd" in the Ruby development community, so you shouldn't be worried about being excluded. Yehuda Katz of EngineYard shares stories of several important contributors to Ruby and Rails who started out knowing nothing, but through hard work and persistence created value for the whole community. Katz: just find something that looks impossible and do it!