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The way businesses build and consume open source software is radically changing and we’re fortunate to be at the vanguard of that change with the Solum project.
With a mission-based focus on scientific research, universities and research institutes have long been at the forefront of technology innovation that embraces open standards and ease of collaboration. By nature, the academy well understands that when hundreds of researchers contribute to a shared purpose and solve a shared problem in open and transparent ways, everyone benefits. The pace of innovation is accelerated and the diversity of solutions and approaches ensures that good solutions persist and not so good ones are quickly identified. Some might argue that the relative success of open-sourced platforms suggests that proprietary technologies often preclude necessary innovation. The growth of cloud has further challenged both researchers and industry. The scale economies of cloud-based solutions brings with it attendant challenges for the research community – beginning with the question of how to scale a conversation that brings both sides of an open community together to ensure that the full benefits of the cloud can be realized.
Go. It’s more than the opposite of stop and unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard about this exciting modern language created out of Google by Rob Pike and Ken Thompson, both important names in the Unix community.
Rackspace Cloud Queues is backed by the open source project, Marconi.  Below, Oz Akan,  Development Manager for Rackspace Cloud Queues and an active contributor to Marconi, walks us through the project. Want to try out Marconi without managing your own environment?  Want to explore open source code with the comfort of Fanatical Support behind you? Rackspace Cloud Queues is currently accepting Early Access participants.  Sign up here.  
Coming from, say, an enterprise-level Microsoft .NET shop and crossing over into the world of open source is like stepping out of an office building into the street during a parade. Clowns and bands and floats roll by as you tighten up your necktie and try to remain distinguished. But you know you really want to join the folks pulling the giant Batman float.
The concept of open source has allowed software development to evolve in very different ways than many other industries. It’s common practice for even the largest tech companies to regularly rely on open source software – even Google relies heavily on open source to keep running by using languages like Python to libraries like OpenSSL and OpenSSH.
With OpenStack, we already have the open source software to run your data center. Now, we’re building the open source hardware to run it on. The Open Compute Project is a collaborative community of designers, consumers and innovators focused on building more efficient servers, storage and data center hardware designs for scalable computing at a lower cost.
Earlier this year Racker Anne Gentle blogged about her contributions to the OpenStack Operations Guide, an instructional book highlighting how to operate the cloud on a daily basis. Fueled by caffeine and take-out food, Anne and a dream team of cloud evangelists and developers outlined, wrote and edited the 230-page book in just five days at the Rackspace Austin office.
Last week, OSCON brought together people in the open source community from around the world. While attendees heard experts talk about their respective languages and projects, I noticed several overall trends that emerged throughout the conference.
Our culture is obsessed with perfection. We have endless debates about it: the perfect movie, the perfect job, the perfect car, the perfect guitar riff. We seek out the best restaurants and order the best entrée. And who isn’t inspired to be the best by the song played during the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in The Karate Kid?
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