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What Users Want for the Cloud

Today is opening day of LinuxCon and the first-ever CloudOpen. It represents the culmination of months of preparation and collaboration with speakers, sponsors and members of the community. And, it represents possibly the largest assembly of open source developers, sysadmins, cloud architects and business executives working on open technologies that we've ever had in one place at one time.

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IBM's Angel Diaz: 3 Projects Creating User-Driven Standards for the Open Cloud

IBM wants a set of interoperability standards for the open source cloud to emerge through a collaborative process, similar to standards creation for Apache and Linux. Here are three projects that IBM's Vice President of Software Standards and Cloud Angel Diaz highlighted as having a key role in standards creation for the open cloud.

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Follow Our Live Coverage from LinuxCon and CloudOpen

Today I'm headed to sunny San Diego for the LinuxCon and CloudOpen conferences. Woohoo! This will be my first LinuxCon and I'm pretty excited to meet new Linux community members, reconnect with those I met at Collaboration Summit in San Francisco and hear some great keynote speakers.

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Announcing the Winners of the LinuxCon "Find Skater Tux" Competition


Today we're very excited to announce the winners of our "Find Skater Tux" competition, which invited community members to locate the skateboard-riding penguin on our web properties and send us the URL for a chance to win a custom Linux skateboard.

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Winning T-Shirt Contest Designs On Sale This Week at LinuxCon

Brian Beck took first place in this year’s “Inspired by Linux” t-shirt design contest. We followed up with him shortly after the contest results were announced to find out more about his involvement with Linux and the open source community and what inspired his design.

Beck will travel to LinuxCon Europe in Barcelona this fall and a limited number of t-shirts sporting his design, along with second-place winner Sabrina Aqil’s design, will be on sale starting this week at LinuxCon North America in San Diego. Both shirts will also be available shortly online in the store.

Brian BeckWhat do you do? Who do you work for?

Beck: I am the instructional technology specialist at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research at Angelo State University. I provide faculty development and try to interject as many open source software packages, along with the open source mindset, as I can.

The main reasoning is to provide a more creative and flexible workflow for faculty as well as saving taxpayers money. At the same it's time allowing the students the freedom to take the software, use it and share it with others! I strongly believe that Linux and the open source mindset should be taught in every public school system across the face of the earth! This is why I'm a big advocate for Linux and open source!

Why did you decide to enter the design contest?

Beck: I decided to enter the contest because I have been truly "Inspired by Linux" and all that Linux and the open source mindset stand for. And this was my way to give back, as I am not a programmer or developer.

What are you looking forward to at LinuxCon?

Beck: One of the main things I'm looking forward to at LinuxCon is honestly to thank as many people as I can. Without them -- the developers, engineers, programmers and power users -- I couldn't do what I do, and the rest of the world wouldn't be as far along as we are without them!

Linux Arrow shirt design

How do you use Linux? 

Beck: I use Ubuntu Linux 12.04 mostly in higher education. As far as my hobbies go, I use Darktable for my photography, as well as GIMP, Inkscape for graphic design, print work... and of course designing T-Shirts! ;) And one of my favorite things to do is create things in Blender 3D. All while using Linux!

I also co-founded and teach for TexOS - The Texas Open Source Project. We take donated computers, install Linux, teach others how do use it, as well as teach them the open source mindset.  And we give it to them to keep and take home. We couldn't do this without Linux.

Why do you support the Linux Foundation?

Beck: I support the Linux Foundation, because the Linux Foundation supports everyone else! It is because of the training and support at a high end level, and most importantly it is the community that surrounds open source that only fuels my fire to give back more to others!

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