• 15 Minutes of Foo from Facebook, Google, and Red Hat

    by Ben Pearson
    January 28th, 2015

    On a morning with a less than excitable crowd (social events at these conferences can get a little wild), Linux Conf AU ran a 3-speaker keynote series to bring in people working for major companies in the open source landscape. Facebook, Google, and Red Hat are all represented in this keynote packed full of great developments in open source.

    Cooper Lees – Facebook

    Open Source at Facebook

    • [1:30] Start
    • [2:00 – 4:00 ] Facebook has hundreds of open source projects and thousands of people involved with their open source projects. Their pull requests have grown 10x from 2012 to 2014 (500 to 5,000). They are currently attempting to get more involved in the full lifecycle of their open source projects through TODO.
    • [4:00] React, hhvm, AsyncDisplayKit, and presto or some of Facebook’s biggest projects. They have also begun contributing to upstream projects like chihaya, libtorrent-rasterbar, Core Utils, and Mercurial
    • [6:00] Facebook has been contributing to the network side of the Open Compute Project, particularly through their own project: FBOSS. The company seeks to improve programmability, openness, and merge switching and server functionality. Their goals in getting involved with OCP are to save money, gain better control over their data center, and gain the benefits of being involved in a community.
    • [9:00] Facebook has been deeply involved in the creation of Wedge, OCP’s first open source switch.
    • [14:00] End

    Carol Smith – Google

    Open Source at Google Summer of Code

    •  [14:30] Start
    • [15:00] Explanation of GSoC – Google Summer of Code pays students to get experience in  real-world software scenarios by getting them to contribute to open source software.
    • [21:00] The last 10 years of GSoC – The number of students, mentor organizations, and participants from underdeveloped nations is growing every year.
    • [23:30] Details for getting involved in 2015.
    • [28:30] End

    Mark McLoughlin – Red Hat

    Open Source Software Shaping the Data Center

    • [28:30] Intro – Data center requirements are changing quickly. Major companies are directing these changes through growing use of open source.
    • [30:00] Telecommunications companies have always been viewed as ‘special’ since their needs of high-availability and responsiveness is unique. These companies are having major issues keeping up with changing use of data.
    • [32:30] – Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is the concept behind moving away from traditional data center models to new models that have the needed level of responsiveness.
    • [34:30] Why Open Source? – Telco companies are realizing they need to collaborate together in order to achieve the innovation needed. These companies need to “Build a diverse community dedicated to writing and maintaining software that solves problems users care about.” (36:60)

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