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Open Source Governance Roundtable at LinuxCon North America 2014 in Chicago

2014/07/18

I wasn’t expected to be there this year, but finally one of my proposal which was on waiting list was accepted, so I’m able to be back again this year !

I’ll animate a round table on Open Source Governance during the upcoming LinuxCon in Chicago ! I really need to thank the HP Open Source Program Office and the HP EG Presales management which are funding my travel there ! Without their support, it would not have occured.

The goal of this round table is to share the latest news in the area of Open Source Governance.
Topics covered will include:

  • Status on SPDX, LSB, FHS
  • licenses (e.g: analysis, new comers, usage example),
  • tools (e.g: license analysis, software evaluation, reference web sites),
  • best governance practices (e.g: return of experience, distribution adoption of tags, portability)

I think I’ve one of the best panel that could be gathered in the US around this topic:

  • Eileen Evans, VP & Deputy General Counsel of Cloud Computing and Open Source, HP
  • Bradley M. Kuhn, President & Distinguished Technologist of Software Freedom Conservancy
  • Gary O’Neall, Responsible for product development and technology for Source Auditor Inc
  • Tom Callaway, University Outreach & Fedora Special Projects, Red Hat

So don’t hesitate to come and attend this session, which will be, I’m sure, enlightening and informative on the latest hot topics in the area of Open Source compliance, governance and licenses.
And if you want to talk with me on anything MondoRescue, Project-Builder.org, UEFI, HP and Linux or early music, I’ll be around during the full event. See you there.

MondoRescue 3.2.0 stabilisation

2014/06/22

It took me time for sure. I started to work on this precise branch in October 2013. At that point, I was already happy to have a compiling version as I’ve made lots of memory management changes. But of course, it was not that simple ;-)

Then in march 2014, again, I thought I was ready to publish something ASAP. Argh !! I was wrong again.

But now is time for you to test it. I’ve fixed most of the issues I had remaining at that time (isolinux menus, NFS on Mageia 4, change of network NIC name). But the main one which took me hours to fix is linked to systemd. I’ve concentrated all my tests on Fedora 20 (which is very near from RHEL 7 that is an important target of course). But it’s not before a discussion with a systemd developer during LinuxCon Japan that I understood where the problem was.

At restore time, mindi init script was mounting the /dev filesystem as tmpfs instead of devtmpfs. Once I made the change, systemd-udev was able to be launched and work correctly for me at restore time, so the restore of fedora 20 was starting to work.

Of course, after that, I had other points to fix to name a few:

  • fully support systemd and its multiple compagnon binaries
  • fully support grub2 and its installer
  • avoid some memory management issues in corner cases using a lot valgrind
  • Remove from mindi 2 functions replaced by perl code (ReadAllLink by mr-read-all-link and ProcessLDD by mr-process-ldd)
  • cleanup of old useless file in /tmp suposedly used for mondo/mindi commnuication
  • Adds lvmetad daemon to list and launch it at restore time as new LVM version seems to need it
  • Rename the conf file mondo-restore.cfg into mondorestore.cfg for homogeneity
  • NETFS-SERVER-MOUNT remains the only built file by mondo for net configuration, lots of code cleanup and mindi now uses mr-net-get-config to build the network conf
  • Add support for latest Fedora keymap file (/etc/vconsole.conf) and non us keyboard detection

So that explains the delay you’ve seen in the publication of test versions.
But now, It’s time !!!

I’ve been able to make a full backup / restore / restart of the restored fedora 20 distribution in a full automatic mode without issue anymore ! Yep, I deserve some vacation !!!

So it’s your turn now to test this version and tell me what I’ve missed, and if that doesn’t create regressions for your prefered distro.
Available as usual at ftp://ftp.mondorescue.org/test

Now this version requires in addition to the afio or buffer packages also the perl modules developed for MondoRescue (at the same place) and for project-builder.org located at ftp://ftp.mondorescue.org/

Not all distros have been built correctly yet. Let me know what is missing, I’ll try to update during my week in Barcelona. I’m particularly interested by Fedora users for now, and more generaly other systemd users.

If tests are globally positive, I’ll publish it early July. And I’ll look at porting some of these changes back into 3.0.5 and add one or two features that have been asked for some time by some customers, but we’ll have to prioritize stuff. Again give feedback here.

Meet at HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit Again !

2014/06/13

For those of you working for an HP value added reseller (VAR) and attending the HP ExpertOne Technology & Solutions Summit in (again) Barcelona from the 24th to the 27th of June, feel free to meet during one of the session I’ll (co-)deliver:

For those of you wondering why project-builder.org and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you a hint ;-)

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

Fourth OpenStack Meetup for Rhône Alpes

2014/06/04

The fourth meetup for the OpenStack regional group will be organized again by HP at the HP/Intel Solution Center the 1st of July 2014.

We should have presentations about a new deployment tool by Mirantis, HP Helion by HP and Icehouse features and Juno roadmap.

Refer to http://www.meetup.com/OpenStack-Rhone-Alpes/ (in french) for more details and registration for those of you around.

Join us at HP: 5, avenue Raymond Chanas, Eybens, France
Access B10 HP

Do not forget Forj around Helion

2014/05/20

Caveat: I’m an HP employee, but info mentionned here are all public, and opinions/errors are just mine, as usual on my blog.

The recent announce of HP around Helion is really reinforcing investment made by my company in OpenStack and presenting the new involvement in CloudFoundry.

The key takeaway I got from it, after reading most of what was written is that we are providing every 6 weeks (think about it !) a new distribution of OpenStack (current being based on IceHouse), as an Open Source distribution, for which customers will be able to buy support. It’s based on TripleO for the bare metal deployment. This distribution is using HP’s own Linux for the controller and hypervisors nodes which is Debian based. Another interesting feature is the embedded update mechanism provided to make OpenStack updates easier (up to now, was simpler to reinstall a new version, not so much to update).

Another key point is the indemnification program. Martin Fink, who is behind this program, has been a long time advocate of Linux indemnification from HP. It was formely introduced when the SCO story was hot. It’s a strong commitment that HP know the code for both its OpenStack and Linux embedded distribution, believe in its licenses, and in its IP.

And last but not least, we do underline that Open Source business is mostly a service (and hardware for us) play, so we’re announcing OpenStack related services, and from my own tries with debugging OpenStack related issues, it will be probably very well received by customers, as it’s a real job, you need strong people knowing how it works, and where to look in order to debug issues.

And frankly, I feel better when I see 1 billion USD announced from HP in R&D around OpenStack technologies, than I felt when IBM announced last year its billion around PowerPC Linux. I think our dollars will produce more concrete results in the ecosystem (even if every USD dedicated to what is called today at LinuxCon “external” R&D is a good sign of the vitality of our ecossytem and some end up benefiting end customers). I think this part is as important as the one IBM made more than 10 years ago around Linux (not Power related) and shows that OpenStack will really become the commodity IaaS solution for all in a short future. It will for sure help a lot of customers consider that technology as being well supported by us (as well as many others). And reverse the trend we saw this morning when we asked how many companies were using Cloud (not even OpenStack) in their production environement, and only few hands raised !!.

I know this is changing quite a lot how IT departments handle IT today, but if they identify that they need an IaaS, then OpenStack is clearly the way to go: with our Helion announce we also do have the fact that hpcloud.com will soon be available on 20 additional HP data centers, meaning that we do consider it as production ready, even if it takes quite some efforts to reach that level, as we disclosed during an OpenStack meetup by presenting all the test work we do to reach enterprise grade level with a production OpenStack env.

Of course, as Martin Fink said rightly, “traditional” IT doesn’t go away. I have customers still operating mainframes, client-server apps, RDBMs, SMB shares, … and will for a long time. But in this new style of IT HP is promoting, for some new workloads and use cases, scaling out easily, it makes a lot of sense to adopt Cloud to support them. And if you adopt Cloud, then you should definitely look at OpenStack (and HP Helion of course) as the most promising technology to help you build it successfully.

And while it wasn’t part of the Helion announcement, as already presented during our last Discover event (and will be again in June), I think it’s important to remind readers of the availability of the Forj project. For development teams, this tool provides continuous integration à la OpenStack for just every development team, without the hassle of managing your own jenkins and associated tools. Definitely part for me of the Helion ecosystem and worth sharing around.

Interesting professional evolution…

2014/05/18

I’ve been pretty busy in May and traveling a lot. But I guess it won’t improve in the future with the recent news I got.

First I received a mail last week to invite me to a round table on Cloud and Virtualization during LinuxCon Japan in Tokyo next week. Which makes me a keynote speaker for the first time in such a Tier One Event WW. Not only was I surprised, (I even asked whether there wasn’t an error), but after confirmation, I was extremely proud to be seen as able to talk in front of the large community in Japan. Hopefully I will provide wise feedback, even if now I’m a bit more stressed than before !

Unrelated, even if…. On the HP side, since 2007, I’ve been preparing my application to become what the industry calls “Distinguished Technologist” (DT) and that HP for my role calls a Technology Strategist (being part of the Presales organization). It took me 6 years to build that application, work on various multiple customer activities as well as with numerous communities before I consider myself at the level to submit it. And pass it this week ! But even now, I know that the various models I have such as Bdale Garbee (formely DT at HP – only !) or Linda Knippers (DT as well at HP, and that I’d like to thank particularly for her successful mentoring) are still way ahead of me. More work in front of me !

But that’s an important step for me as this title will help wrt to peer discussions with our partners, or with community members having that grade as well. And it may also help internaly propagating my feedback and promote even better Open Source and linux at HP.

We’ll see what all that brings in the coming weeks. But what I’m sure is that HP will publish its Fellow page before I’m on the list ;-)

PS: For my friends in France, the fact I’m speaking next week at LinuxCon Japan also means I won’t be attending Solutions Linux in Paris, as I have for the last 14 years :-( I’m sad about that, as it’s always great to exchange and meet again, but I’m sure we’ll have other opportunities, for example at Open World Forum later this year.

Soon back in the air and on the roads…

2014/04/17

There will be possibilities to meet with me in some exotic places (at least for me as I never travelled there before in May !

I’ll first be in Wien, Austria, early May but that’s to celebrate somewhere my 50th birthday (half a century as my kids like to call that ;-)) and during vacations so won’t talk something else than early music or rchitecture and pictures of the nice building over there !!

But after that, I’ll attend the UEFI plugfest in Seatlle again, and be in charge of managing the interface between Linux distributions and HP. So if you plan to attend, and want to test your Linux distribution on nice shiny UEFI hardware platforms, feel free to contact me so we can organize that meeting over there.

The week after that I’ll be in Japan to present again during a LinuxCon event ! I’m very lucky first to be retained as a presenter to talk another time about Mageia. And then to be sponsored by our VP & Deputy General Counsel, Cloud Computing and Open Source Eileen Evans who is leading HP’s Open Source Program Office and allowing me to attend.

So feel free to drop me a mail if you want to chat about any topic I can decently talk about such as Disaster Recovery and Imaging or Continuous Packaging and some other surely HP related !

See you there.

HP miss a web page for HP Fellows

2014/04/05

I’m in contact with some fellows at HP such as Dong Wei for the UEFI forum. I thought we would promote them outside and reference their career such as what is done for some of our partners: Intel has a page describing their senior fellows and pages givig also access to the Intel fellows. Similarly, IBM promote their fellow each year, maintains a list of the 257 fellows they have !

But after searching on hp.com, I was unable to find such pages for our Fellows. And when you know the level of the people we have internally, they would definitely deserve a page with their Bio. You can fin the one of Kirk Bresniker e.g. but you have to know them to find them :-(

I think it’s time to repair what I consider as an error. Come on HP, it’s important to give visibility and show that we too have great people. Why do you think we’re the number one IT company ? It’s because we have some of the best people in the industry.

Still working on MondoRescue 3.2 to make it available ASAP

2014/03/14

Even if stuff do not progrees at the speed I’d like them to progress (lots of travels on HP side since early 2014 and 4 concerts to perform on the private side) I’ve tried to improve the 3.2 version I published unofficially as beta. Interestingly enough, even when I do not announce that packages are delivered, there are people who do use them !!! Which gave me some feedback (you can guess it wasn’t that positive), so in fact it’s already my second delivery :-) and it contains some interesting new features:

  • mindi now uses the new mr-kernel-get-modules perl script which allows now in mindi to just mention end modules names andd not dependencies anymore, which are now computed by the script !! This will help a lot to maintain the list of modules, which was always impacted by low-level dependencies changes at kernel level.
  • Support of symlinks for newest distributions based on systemd such as Fedora, Mageia, … is now finally working !! Again this was done exporting the existing wrong code into a separate perl script which now operates correclty. This is part of the global willingness to recode most of mindi and some of mondo in perl. This took quite a long time, as of course, we need to stay compatible (a word systemd team doesn’t care about of course) with other tools, and older distributions. Side note, this is probably one of the reason MondoRescue is still appreciated by its community :-)
  • The introduction of a dependency on a perl function was incorrect and people trying to install from packages gave feedback that they had errors dof course ue to that. This is now fixed, as project-builder.org indeed had an issue because a low level function was depending on a higher level function not part of the perl modules provided for MondoRescue. With 0.12.5 of project-builder.org this is completely solved.
  • Now I still have regressions with the isolinux menus, NFS on Mageia 4 and systemd not working anymore (change of network NIC name is the root cause). However the ldlinux.c32 issue for syslinux > 5.x is now solved.

Next week is the TES, so won’t have much time to work on it. Expect news the week after.

6th Technical Excellence Symposium (TES) in Grenoble 21-27 March 2014

2014/02/20

If you are an HP employee, or a Value Added Reseller (VAR), then I’d like to invite you to come to an Event I’m co-organizing:

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High Performance Computing and Open Source Linux
Technical Excellence Symposium
17 – 21 March 2014
Grenoble, France

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The goal is to gain expertise and increase your sales and earnings potential.

You are invited to the 2014 High Performance Computing and Open Source & Linux Technical Excellence Symposium. This highly regarded technological event dedicated to professionals is the unique opportunity to boost your skills and knowledge in just 4.5 days!!

Why should you attend the EMEA HPC & OSL event?

  • Receive an update on the entire HPC and Open Source & Linux solutions including Enterprise Storage, Servers and Networking (EG) portfolio.
  • Reinforce your knowledge in this focus area.
  • Connect with the HP management and peers in the HP Certified Professional Community.

Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to give your career a boost and be part of the HPC and OSL community. This is also an excellent opportunity to get the latest technology updates even if you participated in this event before.

Pre-register today to secure your seat by clicking on the following link: http://hp.inviteo.fr/HPC_OSL_TES2014/

Choose among over 100 technological and solution sessions, a mix of hands-on labs, breakout demos and round tables.

This technical event covers the HP’s broad enterprise products and solutions in an open source environment of high performance computing, web services portfolio and new product introductions (e.g. Moonshot program and big data solutions).

Along the sessions, you will meet the HPC and OSL experts to share knowledge and insights in many key business areas including competitive tools.

Back home and freshly armed with an enhanced skills set, you will be ready to provide a great business value to your customers.

Throughout the event, we will offer detailed tracks on High Performance Computing solutions portfolio using our HP Blade System, ProLiant Scalable servers, Storage Works and Network products and solutions using Open Source & Linux software products and services.

We will have a huge emphasis on topics like Hyperscale products, smart storage, purpose-built servers for big data, Moonshot program wave 2 solutions as well as open cloud solutions.

Our High-level agenda is available. The detailed one will be sent to you after your registration.

In addition, there will be:

  • Sponsor sessions delivered by top names in the industry
  • Presentations by HPC and Open Source experts
  • Evening events

For detailed program information, please visit the event website

Any question? We invite you to contact us at: TES-event_at_hp.com

We are looking forward to meeting you at the 2014 HPC and OSL Technical Symposium!


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