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This week, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth stole the show, for better or worse, during his keynote talk at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. View in browser »
The New Stack Update

ISSUE 118: Bashing Competition

Talk Talk Talk

“We have the ability to deliver OpenStack anywhere in the world, in less than two weeks, with fewer than two people … If we can do that, economically, you can operate it economically.”

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Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth, OpenStack Summit, Vancouver.
Add It Up
Open Source Policies for Dependencies Almost Identical to Complete Applications. Have you ever read a survey report that claims that a certain percentage of companies use open source? We think those findings are almost always misleading. Practically every company in the world is using an open source component in their software stack. A better approach is to assume that a developer has some exposure to open source and to instead ask about their contribution to open source. Using that metric, a recent DZone survey found that only 16 percent of developers are actually contributing to an open source project. Sponsored by GitHub, last year’s Open Source Survey takes a deeper look at developers that are pre-disposed to open source. Almost two-thirds of this group are at least occasional contributors to an open source project. Two surveys and vastly different results.
 
Looking more closely at the GitHub data, we found that 44 percent these organizations encourage the use of open source applications, often because of its ability to save development time or money. Another 35 percent say it is “acceptable” to use open source if it is the most appropriate tool. There is very little difference between corporate policies towards using open source software as opposed to open source dependencies. In other words, compliance and other departments are not differentiating between 100 percent open-source end products and proprietary tools that rely on libraries supported by the larger community.
 
As The New Stack continues to explore ways open source is promoted, we will make sure to focus at a granular level — microservices and smaller — to determine how successful these efforts are.
What's Happening

As a company heavily invested in community, Snyk is not about hiring security practitioners, but around getting developers to embrace security best practices. On this episode of The New Stack Makers, TNS founder Alex Williams sat down with Snyk’s CEO Guy Podjarny to discuss the levels of abstraction in today’s infrastructures, how those impact developers, and the many ways in which infrastructure impacts how developers work with Kubernetes and AWS.

Exploring The Dual Popularity Of Kubernetes And Serverless Architectures

Bashing Competition

This week, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth stole the show, for better or worse, during his keynote talk at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. He did it the old-fashioned way, by talking smack about the competition. The OpenStack Foundation does an amazing job at balancing the interests of its many participants, assuring that decisions that are made are done in the best interest of the platform, not in the vendors that are contributing in the project. But the keynote talk was a “sponsored one,” which meant Canonical paid for the time, thus giving Shuttleworth more leeway to say what he wanted. He used the platform to point out – among other things – that Canonical’s OpenStack distribution costs about a half of VMware’s and a third of Red Hat’s.

Many people at the conference were taken aback by Shuttleworth’s blatant marketing pitch. But his talk, bold and maybe a bit slippery of facts, reminded us of the IT keynotes of the days past, when CEOs such as Sun Microsystems’ Scott McNealy, Oracle’s Larry Ellison or Microsoft’s Steve Balmer would gleefully bash the competition, much to the delight of their hardcore users. We journalists loved these tirades – they made for good copy and could actually reveal a bit about dirt about the competitive landscape. But in the years since, the IT landscape has grown, by necessity, from pure competition into one of forced collaboration, due to the complexity of projects such as OpenStack. A decade ago, Microsoft was bashing open source; these days the company is standing member of The Linux Foundation. As a result, perhaps IT companies have grown more docile, at least in their presentations. Or maybe they are just hiding their inherently competitive nature.

In any case, Shuttleworth reminded the audience that, at the end of the day, IT is a business. Whether his message is prescient or outdated remains to be seen.

Atlassian Develops a Speedy Auto-Scaler for Kubernetes

Atlassian has been using Kubernetes extensively inside its internal build systems. That has led to a bit of a sticking point with the popular container orchestration platform, however: New nodes aren’t coming online fast enough for Atlassian’s tastes. So it built its own lightweight but fast auto-scaler, called Escalator.

Microsoft Pushes Serverless Beyond Events and Functions

Microsoft continues to add new features to its serverless offering, Azure Functions. But at its recent Build conference, the company shows that it’s also developing a range of tools and services that use the same idea of not having to care about infrastructure, for everything from workload orchestration to machine learning with Python. Services, such as container registries and storage queues, also get the serverless treatment. Another interesting point: Microsoft Azure is the first cloud provider to support the Cloud Events Standard from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

Which Programming Languages Use the Least Electricity?

Last year a team of six researchers investigated the energy efficiency of programming languages. They ran the solutions to 10 programming problems written in 27 different languages, while carefully monitoring how much electricity each one used — as well as speed and memory usage. While there’s still a common belief that energy consumption goes down when programs run faster, the researchers state unequivocally that “a faster language is not always the most energy efficient.” Compiled languages tend to be more energy efficient than interpreted ones, with C handily beating out Python or PHP. Read this article to find other surprising facts.

Party On

Look who we ran into at the OpenStack Summit Party in Vancouver! Rackspace cloud veteran Ken Wronkiewicz, who is now working with developers for Salesforce.com.

The ZuulCI cufflinks of OpenStack's James Blair, who gets our TNS Fedora Award for being the most dapper dresser in IT, from the OpenStack Summit.

Ubisoft’s Martin Chlumsky and the OpenStack Foundation’s Megan Guiney discuss the glory days of Microsoft, at the OpenDev Wrap Party in Vancouver.

Chilling by the veggie buffet at ChefConf opening happy hour: CNCF's Kim McMahon with Chef's Jody Wolfborn and Justin Redd. Guess which one was overheard saying, "My goal is to become the Ms. Frizzle of Chef."

The real Craig McAndrews of Chef — doppelgänger to CEO Barry Crist — with Alex Williams at ChefConf in Chicago. 

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