Two weeks from today The Linux Foundation will debut CloudOpen . This is a really exciting time in cloud computing, a time when developers and open source projects are clearly leading the way in technology innovation. The building blocks are in place thanks to decades of open source software development, and everybody is looking for their edge.
CloudOpen  will provide a vendor- and project-neutral venue for collaboration and for advancing key technologies. CloudStack, Eucalyptus Systems, OpenStack, Gluster, oVirt, Chef, Puppet, Xen, KVM, OpenShift, Ceph and more will all be there, as will the vendors and users who want to understand how best to work with these projects.
Part of the event's focus is ensuring that we all protect freedom, collaboration and access in this maturing computing environment. Users have gained massive advantages in the last two decades due to the rise of Linux and open source software, and together we can ensure those advantages remain as we move forward in the cloud. This is the only way that the full opportunity of the cloud can be realized.
As Amanda McPherson wrote in her blog, Why We're Fighting for an Open Cloud,  we must protect the freedoms we've come to expect lest the advantages users have come to know be lost.
To show your support for the open cloud, we're revealing today a limited edition T-shirt titled "I Fight for an Open Cloud." These shirts have been designed and produced to be available only at this first-time event.
We hope you will join us in San Diego August 29-31 and that you'll proudly wear one of these exclusive and stylish T's. You can also grab a web badge on the Fight for the Open Cloud webpage. And, if you haven't already, don't forget to register!