Mark Shuttleworth on the Cloud, Ubuntu on Dell and more

September 24, 2009

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and the head of Canonical, the commercial entity behind the popular linux distribution, is currently making his rounds in the States.  Yesterday he was quite busy,  taking the stage at both the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco as well as at  LinuxCon up in Portland Oregon.

Today he popped by Dell here in Austin to chat.  I grabbed him for a few minutes right before lunch. Here is the result:

Some of the topics Mark tackles:

  • The release yesterday of Dell’s Mini netbook with Ubuntu Moblin Remix – Developer Edition. (More details on the release from the Dell blog.)
  • Mark’s keynote yesterday at Linuxcon and the themes of cadence, quality and design.
  • His kerfluffle with the Debian community around release schedules.
  • The cloud-related goals for next month’s Ubuntu 9.10 release, Karmic Koala:
    • To be able to deploy your own cloud across 5-10 servers in 15 mins to an hour
    • Be able to enable private clouds that are completely EC2 compatible
    • Ability to create a library of virtual appliances that will deploy on EC2 or private clouds
  • The announcement earlier this week of the 10.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release named “Lucid Lynx.”
  • Mark’s thoughts on Windows 7 or as he calls it, “the wonderful Service Pack for Vista.”
  • How long until profitability.

Pau for now…


Talking to Ubuntu’s Cloud Man

April 23, 2009

Today mark’s the release of Ubuntu 9.04, nee “Jaunty Jackalope,” and the debut of the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud powered by Eucalyptus.

To get some insight into the release and what it means, I grabbed some time with Simon Wardley of Canonical.  Simon, who joined Canonical near the end of last year, is the person tasked with looking into cloud computing for the company in order to figure out what it means for them, what it means for the industry and ultimately, determining what Canonical should be doing about this change that’s occurring in our industry.

My interview with Simon (16:14)  Listen (Mp3) Listen (ogg)

Simon Wardley, setting the controls for the heart of the cloud.

Simon Wardley, setting the controls for the heart of the cloud.

Some of the topics Simon tackles:

  • How did Simon get his present job and what was he doing before?
  • When looking at adopting cloud computing three risks need to be evaluated
    • The risk of doing nothing (which should be balanced against the next two)
    • Transitional risk
    • Out sourcing risks
  • Cloud standards will emerge through the marketplace rather than via committee
  • Why Ubuntu went with Amazon EC2 and Eucalyptus.
  • Today’s release is a technical preview, “a starting point in a journey.”
  • For the “Karmic Koala” release due in October, they will be focusing on persistency, policies and portability.  They are also working with a bunch of management tool providers  to allow users a choice of how they want to manage their environment.
  • Whats coming next year in the cloud space:
    • A hybrid model: Private clouds that allow bursting between them and public clouds.
    • Portability between providers will become a big issue.
    • A lot of standardization at the infrastructure layer of the stack
    • An explosion of innovation
    • The IT department will face real governance issues
    • Open source will continue to be critically important

Pau for now…


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