Not to over-inflate the horse race nature of the cloud computing space right now, but this is an exciting time to watch the action as open source projects seek to compete with giants such as Amazon and the telcos. This week's Open Cloud Roundup of top stories illustrates just how much the industry is heating up this year, with The Linux Foundation's announcement of a new CloudOpen conference and OpenStack's recent accumulation of big-name partners. The week also turned up an interesting "how-to" and a product launch for building your own private cloud with Debian.
Linux Foundation To Host Open Source Cloud Conference “CloudOpen”, TechCrunch 
Of course, this was the top news of the week for us! As Linux Foundation VP Amanda McPherson stated in her blog post  about the announcement this week: "The cloud and the open source technologies that comprise it are now reaching the point of maturity that this collaboration can truly benefit users."
Top 10 Cloud Computing Providers of 2012, TechTarget 
TechTarget’s list of top 10 cloud providers this year includes three open source projects, with one (care to take a guess?) taking second place. That’s compared with just one OS project on the list last year, a sign that open source is heating up in the cloud space. The list is also missing some noteable drop-offs from last year including IBM and Google.
OpenStack Optimism Overrides Confusion, Wired
Large companies are clamoring to participate in the project, but it’s still undefined. And many are asking who will be the Red Hat of the cloud? Hint: stay tuned for an interview here on Linux.com next week with a company that wants to answer this question.
Oracle And OpenStack: A Tale Of Two Completely Opposite Strategies, Forrester 
This analysis from Forrester contrasts Rackspace and Oracle’s analyst conferences last week and highlights the difference in approaches between open source and proprietary projects. Who will win?
Deploy Your Own "Cloud" with Debian "Wheezy", Debian-news list
The open source project this week announced the availability of several new technologies that would ease the deployment of Debian-based clouds. Starting with the forthcoming release of Debian 7.0 "Wheezy", users will find ready-to-use packages for OpenStack® and Xen Cloud Platform (XCP).
Tutorial: Build a Private Cloud in Twenty Minutes, Sys-Con Media 
Using OpenStack, set up devstack on a single server.