Ubuntu was in "full force" at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.
I was very happy to see the awesome booth we had, (which helped offset my disappointment about not being there. Hopefully next year ;)
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What I always enjoy about booth duty at conferences is that moment when people walk up to our booth and say "Hey, I've been enjoying Ubuntu on my laptop for years. It's amazing! Thank you for working on it." It's encouraging and makes up for those days "in the salt mine" when I feel we have so far to go before Ubuntu, Juju, MAAS, Landscape, Snappy Core, and many more become household words.
If you dropped by the booth or just walked by it casually, I'd be interested in what you saw, what you liked, what you wish you would have seen, any impressions of the show...
And, to provide an example, here's what one booth visitor had to say:
- "And, for the record, the entire team at the stand were beyond amazing. Incredible, lovely, talented people with amazing knowledge. The new phones and OS are excellent. it nearly killed me that I couldn't buy one immediately. Keep your eyes on BQ.com for their flash sales on handsets. The basic model is excellent and amazing for the money, the premium model will be available in a few months and is a larger, sleeker device. I'd flash my device to the OS today if I could, but I'll wait until I can buy the real thing. A flash sale is about a week away, and one week per month at the moment. It's a handheld, fully functional version of Ubuntu which operates in a really impressive touch mode normally, and seamlessly switches to full desktop mode with the connection of a bluetooth mouse / keyboard. I am in love."
Were you there? Please share your story in the comments or email me at randall (at) ubuntu (dot) com
We live in exciting times!
Not only do we now have an Ubuntu Phone, but we also have Ubuntu running quite nicely on the OpenPOWER platform (which is based on the POWER8 architecture).
You might be thinking "So, where are you going with this?" I'm glad you asked :)
In just a couple weeks, the very first OpenPOWER Summit will start. Everyone who's involved in the OpenPOWER community will be making the trek to sunny San Jose, CA. If you're writing (or thinking about writing) software that is targeted for the OpenPOWER platform, then you'd be crazy *not* to be there!
During the OpenPOWER Summit, the fun folks that bring you Ubuntu will be hosting a session entitled the "ISV Roundtable". This session is designed to connect people who have great ideas that would benefit from OpenPOWER to the people who can help make them reality.
Are you thinking of writing, tuning, or porting (it's super easy) software to benefit from OpenPOWER? This is the session for you.
Are you looking for the "next big thing"? You've found it.
I'd love to see you there!
Contact randall (at) ubuntu (dot) com
Ubuntu runs on POWER8. That's likely not news to many of you. But what hopefully is news, is that you're not allowed to say "So what?" any more. (Call it "Randall's Rule of POWER"). By doing so, you discount that which can power the future.
Remember the future?
I recently stumbled on a fresh analysis of IBM POWER8 vs "something else". Here's what stood out, and what one author has called a "thrashing":
- 8 threads per core (compared to 2)
- twice the amount of L2 Cache memory per core
- almost twice as much L3 Cache
- a L4 Cache using buffer chips (compared to no L4 cache)
- much higher clock speeds
- 12 sockets for Coherent SMP (compared to 2)
- 8 core systems at less than 50% the cost of "something else" having 12 cores.
- 12 core systems at around 70% of the cost "something else" having 18 cores
You can read the whole article here, for free: https://www.business-cloud.com/articles/news/ibm-power8-thrashes-intel-xeon
If you're a developer, you might be excited by these specs. Get your code executing as fast as possible (but no faster.)
And if you're not a developer then maybe you'd be excited to run your business (or your institution, or your organization) on hardware that's cheaper, faster, and more future-oriented.
Future is now! Check out and join OpenPOWER to get involved. http://openpowerfoundation.org/2015-summit/
Image CC BY-SA 2.0 by Torley, https://www.flickr.com/photos/torley
Earlier, I blogged about my belief that OpenPOWER represents the next big disruption in the server space. Turns out I'm not alone. Check out what another author has to say:
"My personal belief is probably obvious, and I believe this has an excellent chance of success, and is the greatest threat to Intel and x86 in the server space. The technology is excellent, the degree of freedom partners have extraordinary and the partners strong and well-respected. We should also consider the importance of China, and IBM's partnerships there. While there's no such thing as a sure thing, this comes pretty close for me; the argument for it is compelling on so many levels."
The rest of the article is here, and it's worth a read:
Are you content with the status quo in technology? I'm not.
Years ago, I became aware of this little known (at the time) project called "Ubuntu". Remember it?
I don't know about you, but once I discovered Ubuntu and became involved I was so excited about the future it proposed that I never looked back.
Aside from Ubuntu's "approachable by everyone" and "free forever" project DNA, one of the things that really attracted me to it was that it had the guts to take on the status quo. I believed (and I still believe) that the status quo needs a good disruption. Complacency and doing things "as they always have been" just plain hurts.
In those days, the status quo was proprietary software and well-meaning but inpenetrable (to the everyday person that just wanted to get things done) free and open source software. I'm happy that we've collectively solved the toughest parts of those problems. Sure, there are still issues to be resolved but as they say, that's mostly detail.
Fast forward to today. Now, we are faced with a hosting (or call it cloud infrastructure if you wish) hardware landscape that is nearly a perfect monopoly and is so tightly locked down that we can't solve the world's big problems.
Spotting an opportunity to create something better and to change the world, a bunch of people rallied together to create
Not surprisingly, Ubuntu joined and became a partner early on. And today, another one of the most famous disruptors has joined: Rackspace. In their words,
"In the world of servers, it’s getting harder and more costly to deliver the generational performance and efficiency gains that we used to take for granted. There are increasing limitations in both the basic materials we use, and the way we design and integrate our systems."
So here we are. Ubuntu, Rackspace, and dozens of others poised once again to disrupt.
It's going to be an interesting and fun ride. 2015 is poised to be the year that the world woke up to the true power of open.
I'm looking forward to it, and I hope you are too. Please join us!
Juju makes things really simple.
But, like you, I'm not content to stop at simple. I'm always looking for ways to make things even simpler so that I have more time to work on tough problems (e.g. spreading Ubuntu in my city.)
Today my colleague Corey Johns pointed me to DHX, a cool plugin for Juju that he developed. Even simpler!
I hope you find this useful.
And please remember to thank Corey for his excellent work.
A while back, as part of my new role, I began looking for opportunities to:
- Challenge the status quo, and,
- Connect people together that want to solve big problems.
(Luckily, the two are closely related.)
Recently, I was introduced to some fine folks at SiteOx in Franklin, TN (that's just outside of Memphis) that happen to have some really fast POWER8 systems that provide infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).
I mentioned that previously unknown tidbit to some of my colleagues (who are are awesome Juju Charmers) to see if/how the service could be used to speed Juju Charm development.
As it turns out, it can! In case you missed it, Matt Bruzek of Juju Charmer fame, figured it all out and then wrote a concise guide to do just that. Check it out here, and then...
Thanks Matt, and thanks SiteOx.
Do you make software that solves real-world problems? Do you want your software to be instantly available to everyone that's building cloud solutions? Did you know that Ubuntu powers most of the cloud?
Some fun Ubuntu folks will be with their IBM and OpenPower friends just south of San Francisco, California next Wednesday (Nov. 5th, 2014) to talk about the future: Ubuntu on Power.
The event is free, but you'll have to register in advance.
Click the power button to get more information and to register!
Ubuntu Community Manager
Ubuntu on *Power*
Questions? randall AT ubuntu DOT com