This month we are very pleased to release an exciting new issue of opensourc3. The opensourc3 staff would like to thank all of the readers who helped make the first issue of opensourc3 a great success. The Packet Generation with ScaPY article has been postponed to Issue 3. I made the decision due to the early release of the Open vSwitch project to run the Open vSwitch article in this issue instead of next month. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused readers looking forward to the ScaPY article, but we will run it next month.
This issue is packed with articles on a number of exciting and game changing Open Source technologies. First, there is an article on Ksplice, a utility that enables live kernel patching, eliminating the need to reboot the system to apply a kernel patch. This is followed by an article on Image versus Package Management. Package Management is by no means obsolete, but in Unified and Cloud Computing environments, for speed and quality assurance Image based solutions make a lot more sense.
GlusterFS is a user-space based distributed file system, that is extremely flexible. It has a number of features specifically designed to make storage cheaper and easier to deploy in private Cloud Computing solutions. We take a look at migrating from a traditional web server farm to a highly distributed web architecture.
We round out this second issue with an introduction to the Open vSwitch project, which is looking like a strong competitor to the Cisco Nexus 1000V virtual switch.
There are a couple of great events coming up this month, Hacker Halted in Miami, Florida between September 20th and 25th. The Linux Foundation's LinuxCon in Portland, Oregon from September 21st through the 23rd. Of course we have Ohio LinuxFest in Columbus, Ohio on September 25th and 26th. Some of the opensourc3 staff will be at Ohio LinuxFest this year, including John Buswell. The Storage Developers Conference in Santa Clara, California is running from September 14th through the 17th. If you are interested in checking out any of these events in September, they all have advertisements in this issue of opensourc3. There are also a number of great events in October and November such as ApacheCon, Utah Open Source Conference and SC World Congress.
We expect to have an updated look on the opensourc3 website before September 1st, as well as both Issue 1 and Issue 2 in our web based on-line viewer for those who do not like PDFs. The new site also adds our RSS Subscription Feed and Facebook pages. As always, we appreciate the great feedback from our readers. Thanks for making opensourc3 a great success.
Next month opensourc3 will look at KaOS a new Linux platform designed to provide next- generation data center technologies for Unified Computing and Cloud Computing solutions.
John Buswell Executive Editor opensourc3