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The Dummies’ Guide to US Presidential Elections

Safe as Milk - Fri, 04/03/2016 - 11:41pm
The US presidential primaries For those following the US presidential primaries from a distance, and wondering what is happening, here’s a brief dummies’ guide to the US presidential primaries and general election. It’s too early to say that Trump has won the Republican primary yet, even though (given his results and the media narrative) he […]

Targeted selection for job interviews

Safe as Milk - Tue, 23/02/2016 - 9:50pm
A post by Amanda McPherson about her best interviewing tip over on LinkedIn got me thinking about an interview technique I was taught while on the GNOME board many years ago by Jonathan Blandford: Focus on behavior. In jobs related to product management, business development, sales, marketing or communications, you  have people who are verbally […]

SDN/NFV DevRoom at FOSDEM: Deadline approaching!

Safe as Milk - Tue, 24/11/2015 - 4:44pm
We extended the deadline for the SDN/NFV DevRoom at FOSDEM to Wednesday, November 25th recently – and we now have the makings of a great line-up! To date, I have received proposals about open source VNFs, dataplane acceleration and accelerated virtual switching, an overview of routing on the internet that looks fascinating, open switch design […]

SDN/NFV DevRoom at FOSDEM 2016

Safe as Milk - Tue, 03/11/2015 - 3:01pm
We are pleased to announce the Call for Participation in the FOSDEM 2015 Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization DevRoom! Important dates: Nov 18: Deadline for submissions Dec 1: Speakers notified of acceptance Dec 5: Schedule published This year the DevRoom topics will cover two distinct fields: Software Defined Networking (SDN), covering virtual switching, […]

5 Humanitarian FOSS projects

Safe as Milk - Thu, 30/04/2015 - 3:57pm
Over on, I just posted an article on 5 humanitarian FOSS projects to watch, another instalment in the humanitarian FOSS series the site is running. The article covers worthy projects Literacy Bridge, Sahana, HOT, HRDAG and FrontlineSMS. A few months ago, we profiled open source projects working to make the world a better place. […]

What’s in a job title?

Safe as Milk - Wed, 17/09/2014 - 9:36pm
Over on Google+, Aaron Seigo in his inimitable way launched a discussion about  people who call themselves community managers.. In his words: “the “community manager” role that is increasingly common in the free software world is a fraud and a farce”. As you would expect when casting aspertions on people whose job is to talk […]

Project naming

Safe as Milk - Fri, 18/04/2014 - 9:21am
Number two in an occasional series of “time I wish I could have back” topics related to releasing proprietary software projects as free software. What’s in a name? It was famously said that there are 2 hard problems in computer programming: Cache invalidation, naming things, and off by one errors. Naming a project is a […]

Choosing a license

Safe as Milk - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:31am
One in a series of indeterminate length I am calling “mostly unimportant questions which take an inordinate amount of time to resolve when releasing a project as free software”. For the next topic, I’m hesitating between “naming”, “logo/icon/mascot design” and “mailing lists or forums”.   Choosing a license Free software projects need licenses. But choosing […]

Writing more

Safe as Milk - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:06am
I realised recently that most of my writing has been of the 140 character format recently…. I plan to rectify this, starting today.

Learning to let go

Safe as Milk - Tue, 11/02/2014 - 8:03pm
There are times in a long career when you have to turn your back on what’s gone before. In work, this is easy. People stop giving you a paycheck, you stop turning up to work. And yet, some of my best friends are people I worked with 10 years ago. In open source, it’s harder. […]

The value of open source (for customers)

Safe as Milk - Sat, 08/06/2013 - 8:53pm
Over at, the Red Hat community blog, I have posted an article detailing some of the value I see to customers of companies who support and build on free software. The article is basically notes from a presentation I will be giving next Wednesday at the Red Hat Summit, “Community Catalysts: The Value of [...]

Webinar: “RDO: An OpenStack community”

Safe as Milk - Mon, 27/05/2013 - 4:54pm
With my colleague Keith Basil, the OpenStack  product manager here at Red hat, I will be giving a “webinar” about OpenStack, and Red Hat’s community-driven distribution of it, RDO, this Wednesday at 3pm UTC (5pm CEST, 11am EDT, 8am PDT, other timezones). We will cover what OpenStack is, at a high level, why Red Hat [...]

The changing world of adding a service

Safe as Milk - Fri, 26/04/2013 - 11:46am
1991 You: “I’d like to install a file server for the LAN – can I have the root password for the server, please” Admin: “You’re kidding, right? Submit a ticket, we’ll install it when we get around to it” crickets 1996 You: “I installed a Samba file server for the LAN on my own Linux [...]

Awesome MediaWiki theme

Safe as Milk - Fri, 18/01/2013 - 6:07pm
For anyone who saw the recent launch of the new oVirt website a while back and was wondering how we could make such an attractive theme and lay-out for a MediaWiki wiki, wonder no more. In fact, you don’t even have to be jealous! Because the theme, called Strapping, so called because it’s based on [...]

Open Source Parenting at OSCON 2013?

Safe as Milk - Fri, 21/12/2012 - 5:03pm
The OSCON 2013 Call for Participation just opened and the list of tracks this year is mostly the same as last year. I am a touch disappointed, because I suggested to some of the conference chairs that a track I’d love to see, and which I think would get lots of attention, would be on [...]


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