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Open Source Summit Videos: Sputnik, Bitnami, ARM, CoreOS, and OpenShift

This collection of video interviews from Open Source Summit covers the latest in container, cloud, and orchestration news from a variety of open source companies.

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Last month, I attended Open Source Summit (OSS) North America, which was held in Los Angeles from September 11- 14.

This year, the Linux Foundation brought four conferences under the umbrella name, “The Open Source Summit”. The four conferences were LinuxCon, ContainerCon, CloudOpen, plus the new “Open Community Conference.”

Interviewing and Being Interviewed

While at the conference, besides giving away an Ubuntu-based XPS 13 developer edition, AKA “Project Sputnik,” I found myself on both sides of the camera. I was interviewed by Swapnil Bhartiya around the history of Project Sputnik and I, in turn, interviewed representatives of ARM, Red Hat’s OpenShift, Bitnami’s Kubernetes effort, and CoreOS.


Project Sputnik

Here I speak in regard regards to the origins and ideas behind Project Sputnik, our line of Linux-based developer systems.

Bitnami and Kubeless

  • Sebastian Goasguen’s Kubernetes-focused company SkipBox was recently acquired by Bitnami – the name comes from “(Skip)per” like Kubernetes and Tool(box) — which helps onboard people to Kubernetes.

  • Bitnami acquired SkipBox as a way to get into the Kubernetes space. SkipBox’s key offering was “Kubeless,” a Kubernetes-native serverless framework that helps people move from physical machines/VMs/cloud to containers and then to Kubernetes.

ARM’s Development Platform

  • Julio Suarez of ARM walks us through their demo at Open Source Summit. The team was demoing their server enterprise development platform “Mali.” Unlike Raspberry Pi, Mali is pretty beefy with 10GB Ethernet ports, SATA, PCI, etc.
  • The platforms are clustered into a group of three using Docker Swarm (could also use Kubernetes or Marathon Mesos). The swarm is running an ecommerce website that's ported to ARM from x86. The website is composed of 14 microservices.

CoreOS and Kubernetes

  • Senior Architect Mike Metral of CoreOS talks about the massive bet on Kubernetes they have made and their product “Techtonic.” Techtonic is CoreOS’s enterprise platform for Kubernetes that runs on top of Container Linux (Container Linux was previously known as “CoreOS Linux.”)
  • Techtonic is fully automated and updates to the latest version of Kubernetes two weeks after it's released. Techtonic is completely open source and the first 10 nodes are free. After that, you would reach out to CoreOS.

Red Hat’s OpenShift

  • Harish Pillay talks about Red Hat’s Container-as-a-Service offering, OpenShift. While OpenShift began life with its own version of containers, they have pivoted to employ industry standard containers and Kubernetes.

  • Different pieces and technology can be swapped in and out as long as they are written to standards.

Conference Reflections

Given the continued growth in the number of Linux Foundation projects and the number of sub events, the attendance of little over 1,900, albeit from 37 different countries, seemed a bit light. Additionally, the show floor seemed sparse compared to past.

I’m guessing that high-level open source events don’t have the allure they once did, particularly since open source is a given in most environments today. In turn, people are seeking out more targeted events around specific technologies like DockerCon and KubeCon. All that said, it was a valuable conference thanks to the always-interesting hallway track.

Extra Credit Reading

  • Open Source guides: At the event, the Linux foundation introduced a set of succinct Open Source guides targeted at enterprises to help:
    • Guide their use of and contribution to open source software and communities.
    • Explain the value of open source to management.
    • Formalize and organize their existing open source efforts.
  • Videos: The keynote sessions were recorded and are available to watch.
  • Event Photos: To view a selection of photos from the events, visit the Linux Foundation’s website.

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