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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 [...]


Safe as Milk - Tue, 27/11/2012 - 10:55am
Via Simon Phipps, I discovered PlayTerm this morning. You can record and play back terminal sessions, which allow you to show commands and their expected output, played at typed speed. This may be the greatest invention since screencasts.

Open Source communities

Safe as Milk - Wed, 14/11/2012 - 8:03pm
I was re-reading one of my favourite blog posts on running an Open Source community today, and thought I would share it. Max Kanat-Alexander is the Bugzilla Release Manager, and put a variety of thoughts on leading an Open Source community together – Open Source Community, Simplified. The TL;DR version, for those too lazy to [...]

“Community citizenship” survey

Safe as Milk - Wed, 14/11/2012 - 11:11am
I spoke to Kevin Carillo about what makes a good community citizen a few months ago – he had already been working for some time on his research at that point, and I thought that his approach and ideas were interesting. Recently, he blogged about his work, and released a survey targeting recent contributors to [...]

Humanitarian Free & Open Source Software meeting place

Safe as Milk - Tue, 16/10/2012 - 10:05am
This year, we hosted a Humanitarian Free and Open source software track at the Open World Forum for the third time. The track has been of great value to participants as a way of communicating with other practitioners in the space, and exchanging best practices and experiences around funding, community, and working with NGOs. Once [...]

Attention! Speed bump ahead!

Safe as Milk - Fri, 14/09/2012 - 8:47pm
This week I was reminded that the first step in an Open Source project is often the hardest.We’ve been using MediaWiki for a project at work, with the “ConfirmAccount” extension to deal with spammers – a very nice extension indeed! It adds account creation requests to a queue where they can be handled by members [...]

Tomorrow is the big day

Safe as Milk - Fri, 27/07/2012 - 9:56am
For those of you who have been keeping an eye out for me in A Coruna this week I’m sorry to be letting you down. Instead of Galicia, I will be in the Alps this weekend, finally running the race I have spent the last 4 months preparing for: the 6000D. I have written a [...]

Table Quiz, in aid of MDI, Wednesday 11 July

Safe as Milk - Fri, 06/07/2012 - 4:46pm
Fancy yourself as a smartypants who knows everything there is to know about everything? Could you name all the cities who have had two or more soccer teams win a European club tournament? Or name the artist and song that kept “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” off the number one spot in the UK [...]

Joining Red Hat

Safe as Milk - Mon, 16/04/2012 - 7:09pm
I’m joining Red Hat on May 2nd, where I’ll be working with the Open Source and Standards team. We’ll be working hard to help all of the projects that Red Hat contributes to kick ass at growing community. I have known several of the team from years gone past, and interviewing for the position was [...]

Running 60km for charity

Safe as Milk - Wed, 21/03/2012 - 1:19pm
This Summer, on July 28th, I’ll be running a 60km mountain trail race in La Plagne in the Alps, the 6000D. And to provide myself with an added incentive, and to give back something to an organisation that has helped my family in the past, I will be raising money for Muscular Dystrophy Ireland in [...]

Recent activity

Safe as Milk - Thu, 16/02/2012 - 7:22pm
Mentoring, lawyer/developer relations, organising events… a few pieces I’ve written/delivered were released recently. As an OuterCurve mentor I wrote a short article targeted at project managers considering submitting their projects to the Google Summer of Code this year. My piece on getting people together was included in the recently released Open Advice book, edited and [...]


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