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IBM and Red Hat get with OpenStack

Open Stack

Open Stack

 

OpenStack filled in some key checkmarks this week as it adds IBM and Red Hat to its roster of corporate backers.  As GigaOM reported last week, the two tech giants will join the nascent OpenStack Foundation as Platinum members along with AT&T, Canonical, Hewlett-Packard, Nebula, Rackspace, and Suse.

The gelling of the foundation is important as OpenStack evolves from an effort driven by Rackspace and NASA, to a broad-based coalition. Its goal is to provide an open-source cloud platform alternative to Amazon Web Services.

A number of companies including  Cisco, Cloudscaling, Dell, Dreamhost, Morphlabs, Netapp and Piston Cloud Computing (see disclosure) are joining as Gold members — bringing the total of foundation members to 18, for now. That number will likely grow as the foundation evolves,  said Mark Collier, VP of business development for Rackspace.

Citrix, which was an OpenStack backer but then pushed its CloudStack as a rival platform, was not mentioned in the foundation news. Citrix employees are still working with OpenStack particularly around Xen hypervisor support, said Jonathan Bryce, Rackspace Cloud founder and OpenStack board member.

Platinum members pay $500,000 per year to participate with a minimum three-year committment.  Gold Members pay an amount pegged at .025 percent of their revenue but at least $50,000 and capped at $200,000, according to the foundation wiki. 

Collier insisted that the big spenders will not be able to big foot the foundation, however. ”Inclusion is not based on how much money you give but on the technical merit of your proposals,” he said.

OpenStack partisans seek broad-based foundation

When Rackspace announced plans for the foundation last fall,  OpenStack adherents were enthusiastic but vigilant. The important thing to them was that the foundation not be driven by any single company or cadre of big companies. Many cited the Apache and Eclipse Foundations as models for OpenStack to emulate. One reason IBM is such an important addition is because of its work in making the Eclipse Foundation a success — largely by ceding control over the open-source Java IDE to an outside body.

OpenStack took that to heart, according Bryce, and will borrow from both Apache and Eclipse models. “When you take the core principles of Apache — how developers are respected and empowered along with some Eclipse concepts around investing in the [broader] ecosystem, we think we’ll drive things forward,” Bryce said.

Expect more talk about the foundation, its governance, and its roadmap to come at next week’s OpenStack Spring Conference.

Disclosure: Piston is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.

Google Ending Google Wave

Google will kill off Google Wave, they told in a blog post. It was a technically very inspiring web app which, however, arrived without any particular and clear use case. This caused not only interface usability problems (Wave was good at allowing you to do a lot of things at once, but it often wasn’t really good at anything in particular, e.g. plain chat when needed). It also caused social frictions as people were using the tool with different, colliding expectations.

Google now says that despite wins and numerous fans, “Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked.” They won’t continue develop Wave as a stand-alone tool, but keep on using and extending its technology in other products. Well, it looks like this product at least had a chance to proof or disproof itself. Other products, like Google’s 3D world Lively, were cancelled after just mere months.

Yahoo Messenger API releasing in July

An update on the Yahoo! Messenger API: This is taking a little longer than Yahoo! think – Yahoo! have some last mile details to take care of but they are committed to launching the new Yahoo Messenger API very soon.

Let me say that they are really excited about the response and enthusiasm that they’ve received around the opening of the platform behind our popular Yahoo! Messenger service. The team is working hard to make sure that these new APIs meet your expectations, that they are as simple as possible, and that they contain all the key features you need to develop great applications and services.



Why Thunderbird is the Best Email Client for your Family or Office

Nowadays, most of us have so many email addresses, it’s hard just to keep track of our own, let alone manage those of our family and colleagues as well. Throw newsgroup subscriptions and multiple storage folders into the mix as well, and it’s a management nightmare.

Mozilla Thunderbird, my email client of choice, solves this problem effectively and easily with Profiles.

How do Thunderbird Profiles work?

Thunderbird allows multiple users to set up the email client to suit their own specific needs and tastes, from Themes and Extensions to Email accounts, Inboxes and Newsgroup subscriptions.
Upon startup of Thunderbird, you are able to choose which user profile you would like to use.
So, you can now have a profile for yourself, one for your partner, and even one for the kids (allowing you to increase Thunderbirds’s spam and security measures).
Each profile is independent of the others, so it’s like having a new installation for each user.

How do I activate Thunderbird Profiles?

1. Firstly, find the Thunderbird shortcut on your desktop (or create one from the .exe file).
2. Right-click it, and select properties.
3. Lastly, in the Target box, add ‘ -p’ without the apostrophes to the end of the target line (so that it reads something like ‘C:\Program Files\Mozilla\Thunderbird\thunderbird.exe -p’), and click OK.

Now when you start Thunderbird through this shortcut you will be prompted with the Profiles Manager box (as long as you do not already have Thunderbird open). It’s all self-explanatory from thereon.

For faster start-up, I advise that you keep two shortcuts on your desktop – one to load up Thunderbird as normal, and this new one to execute only when you want to change profile.