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New Open Cloud Computing Forum on has started a new forum for community members to discuss cloud computing and the open cloud. Just like the Linux Foundation's upcoming CloudOpen conference in August, the forum is intended to help highlight the people, projects and ideas behind the open source cloud and advance the conversation around creating open standards for cloud computing.

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Survey: SMBs Prefer Debian on File Servers, Seek Cloud Backup Options

Small and medium-sized businesses prefer Debian over Red Hat and CentOS for operating their file servers, according to a survey released Monday by cloud storage network provider Symform.

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How to Get a Discount on Embedded Linux Training in Silicon Valley this July

The Linux Foundation's embedded development training has helped companies like Compunetix with their transition to Linux and allowed individuals (even 13-year engineering veterans) to expand upon their existing knowledge of embedded.

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Open Cloud Roundup: Top Headlines Week of June 18

GigaOM's Structure conference on cloud computing this week has provided companies with an opportunity to publicy discuss their visions for the cloud and make related announcements. The Linux Foundation had its own announcement this week as well, with the release of the CloudOpen schedule of speakers and an appeal to the Linux community to fight for an open cloud.

Why We're Fighting for an Open Cloud 

Linux Foundation VP Amanda McPherson makes a strong argument that the freedom users gained with the shift toward open source software in the new millenium could be lost in the transition to the cloud now underway. She asks for support in pushing for collaboration and openness in the cloud.

Rackspace exec warns of Amazon lock-in

At the Structure cloud conference this week, Rackspace president Lew Moorman advocated for an open alternative to Amazon cloud services.

CloudDriversThe future of cloud computing: 9 trends for 2012

A North Bridge Venture Partners survey released this week says open source projects are still a small driver when it comes to pushing cloud adoption. But it points to some trends in cloud computing that favor open source technologies, including vendor lock-in as the No. 3 reason for what's inhibiting adoption.

Eucalyptus Systems Aims For Private Cloud Dominance

The open source cloud company released version 3.1 of its Infrastructure-as-a-Service product this week.  

Open Source, the Fuel for Cloud Disruption
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Open source cloud computing offers businesses more flexibility and options as they transition to the cloud, says blogger Jiten Patil. This will put constant pressure on proprietary systems and could lead to the commoditization of cloud technology.


Why We're Fighting for an Open Cloud

A few months ago I announced a new Linux Foundation conference called CloudOpen built to spotlight and advance the conversation on the open projects, companies and technologies that make up cloud computing. I am pleased to announce the schedule today. In the process of recruiting speakers and sponsors, I spoke to dozens of amazing companies, both new and old, doing amazing things with the cloud. Two things became very clear to me:

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