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The LinuxTag Hack

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What do you do when you go to LinuxTag the premier Open Source conference in Berlin Germany ? You give a talk, you hand out tee-shirts at the CloudStack booth, you explain Cloud computing and you hack a CloudStack driver for SaltStack while patching libcloud.

The talk: Talking about Clouds is nice and all, but after many years and many talks, I shamelessly admit that it gets a little old. So lately I have been working on BigData, both as a backend to CloudStack (think Ceph, Riack CS, Gluster) and as a workload to a cloud. I am talking about using Apache Whirr or Apache Provisionr incubating to deploy "one-click" hadoop clusters on public clouds. It is a long story that I will keep for another post as I am trying to write this before going to bed. but check out the slides and keep an eye on pallet and exoscale.

The booth: An open source booth is ..well a booth. I came with my pop-up banner, table cloth, tee-shirts, post-cards, USB stick/bottle openers, it feels a little bit like a traveling sales man, not that I would know but I imagine it like this. I have to explain that the 2 and 3 XL shirts will shrink quite a bit and will fit perfectly people's M or L frames. Then I point at the banner to showcase the magnificient CloudStack UI, I explain that there is an API server behind it. Sometimes I launch devcloud and do a live demo to bring them to their knees, sometimes I have to ask for help on IRC to answer a question, and sometimes a german developer wants to trade a tee-shirt against illegal substances not to be named. Life in the fastlane let me tell you. But that's what it's like to build a community, it is very much an evangelization process.

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Citrix supports the open source community via developer support and evangeslism. We have a number of developers and evangelists that participate actively in the open source community in Apache Cloudstack, OpenDaylight, Xen Project and XenServer. We also conduct educational activities via the Build A Cloud events held all over the world.