Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Podcast: Nextcloud founder Frank Karlitschek on breaking away from the cloud

Frank founded the ownCloud project in 2010 to put home users and enterprises back in control of their data. To bring file sync and share technology to the next level and better align to the needs of users and customers he founded Nextcloud in 2016. We caught up at FOSDEM in Brussels earlier this year to talk open source.

Among the topics we covered were:

  • Nextcloud
  • How users/organizations have become more sophisticated about hybrid cloud and multi-cloud and have generally rejected making a binary choice
  • Reasons why some of his customers have chosen to self-host storage and collaboration
  • Why we should talk more about the freedoms that come from choosing open source

Listen to the podcast [MP3 - 11:50]

Monday, February 17, 2020

Podcast: Red Hat's Harish Pillay on open source and sustainability

One can look at sustainability through a number of different but related lenses. What incentives (and education) needs to be in place for manufacturers to maintain their devices and, in the process, engage more with upstream communities? How can users not lose access to their devices or simply need to stop using them because they're out of support? What are some of the mechanisms through which upstream developers can get compensated for their widely-deployed code?

These were some of the questions I talked about with Harish Pillay at FOSDEM in Brussels in early 2020. Harish is a Red Hat colleague of mine; he's Head, Community Architecture and Leadership, and works out of out Singapore office. He has a long history with open source and this is a podcast you'll enjoy listening to if you have any interest in these topics.

Listen to the podcast [MP3 - 20:10]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Podcast: A Taste of Research Day, Brno 2020

Red Hat Research connects researchers around the world with Red Hat engineers, customers, and partners to move great research ideas into open source communities. We recently held a European Research Day in Brno, Czech Republic with tracks covering Data-Intensive Science and Software, Security and Privacy, and Code Analysis and Verification.

Check out this podcast for short interviews with three of the presenters.

  • Kit Murdock, a PhD student at the University of Birmingham covers Plundervolt: Pillaging and Plundering SGX with Software-based Fault Injection Attacks
  • Red Hat's Uli Drepper in the Office of the CTO tells us about Avoiding Bad Decisions and Heuristics
  • Martin Ukrop, a PhD candidate at Masaryk University, discusses his research Observing Developers Interacting with TLS Certificates
We encourage you to check out the videos from the entire program as well as the Red Hat Research Quarterly for more information about Red Hat Research.

Listen to the podcast [MP3 - 19:01]

Monday, February 10, 2020

Podcast: Open Cloud Testbed with UMass Amherst's Michael Zink

Cloud testbeds enable research that requires peeling back cloud computing abstractions. In this podcast, Michael Zink from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst talks about Mass Open Cloud (MOC), datasets on the MOC, FPGAs, and the testbeds being used to support the systems research community.

Zink spoke at Red Hat Research day in Brno, Czech Republic in January 2020 where this podcast was recorded. He gave the keynote for the Data-Intensive Science and Software track in which he presented the NSF-funded Open Cloud Testbed project.

Listen to the podcast [MP3 15:29]

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Podcast: Tidelift's Luis Villa on license experimentation and collaboration

As we cover in this podcast, recorded at FOSDEM 2020 in Brussels, questions about open source licenses and what restrictions developers may impose on the use of their software are having something of a moment. In this podcast the co-founder of Tidelift, Luis Villa, talks about why these discussions seem to be coming to a head today and offers his thoughts as to what issues we should be thinking about. In the show notes, I link to a great blog that Luis wrote recently as well as the location for videos of some of the debate-style and other discussions that took place in the Legal and Policy devroom at FOSDEM (still in the process of being uploaded).


Listen to podcast (MP3): [13:04]