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Open is as Open does


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OSCON Open Cloud Day presentation discussing different implications of openness and cloud computing.

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Open is as Open does

  1. 1. Open is as Open does Andrew Clay Shafer OSCON Open Cloud Day 2014 @littleidea
  2. 2. @littleidea
  3. 3. this guy
  4. 4. disclaimer a school of thought
  5. 5. buckle up keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times
  6. 6. here we go • words about stuff • more words • open words • cloud words • question everything
  7. 7. open dialog
  8. 8. What is ‘Open’?
  9. 9. if (free == open) then ?? • The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0). • The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this. • The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2). • The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
  10. 10. if (free == open) then ?? • (freedom 0) can you really run a cloud? • really? • (freedom 1) can you change what you don’t understand? • (freedom 2) can your neighbor really run a cloud? • (freedom 3) if you got this far, sure, why not…
  11. 11. –Wikipedia “The concept of free sharing of technological information existed long before computers. For example, cooking recipes have been shared and remixed since the beginning of human culture.”
  12. 12. In 1911, independent automaker Henry Ford won a challenge to the Selden patent. The result was that the Selden patent became virtually worthless and a new association was formed. The new association instituted a cross-licensing agreement among all US auto manufacturers: although each company would develop technology and file patents, these patents were shared openly and without the exchange of money between all the manufacturers. By the time the US entered World War 2, 92 Ford patents and 515 patents from other companies were being shared between these manufacturers, without any exchange of money (or lawsuits).”
  13. 13. Open is relationships
  14. 14. Open is relative
  15. 15. Open Source is Big Business
  16. 16. who pays what? to whom?
  17. 17. Cloud, as we now know it, would not have happened without ‘Open Source’
  18. 18. what even is cloud? PaaS IaaSSaaS Public Private Hybrid
  19. 19. not here to argue definitions
  20. 20. everyone believes their perspective
  21. 21. everyone is not wrong
  22. 22. everyone has an agenda
  23. 23. A Spectrum
  24. 24. closed code open code closed intentions open intentions proprietary with roadmap occasionally update a tar file open code open backlog open wip hmm
  25. 25. closed code open code proprietary API open standards SQL HTML TCP/IP driverslots of stuff SQL HTML TCP/IP
  26. 26. closed governance open governance proprietary API open (defacto?) standards Cisco IOS
  27. 27. private public proprietary API open (defacto?) standards
  28. 28. things to be aware of • trust • walled gardens • mercantilism • harvest
  29. 29. trust
  30. 30. walled gardens
  31. 31. mercantilism
  32. 32. harvest
  33. 33. words in the open cloud conversation that make me cringe • standards • committee • vendor lockin • meritocracy
  34. 34. standards & committees
  35. 35. vendor lockin everyone’s favorite strawman
  36. 36. meritocracy I don’t always use words to mask oligarchy, but when I do, I prefer to use the title of a dystopian novel.
  37. 37. questions to ask
  38. 38. what do you value?
  39. 39. start with ‘why’
  40. 40. are you a consumer?
  41. 41. are you a producer?
  42. 42. how will you define ‘open’?
  43. 43. how will your choices reflect your values and definitions?
  44. 44. what is right?
  45. 45. what is right for you?
  46. 46. come at me @littleideaOSCON Open Cloud Day 2014