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By Eric Anderson
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Chef with Adam Jacob
Full show notes and transcript. Eric Anderson (@ericmander) welcomes Chef co-founder Adam Jacob (@adamhjk) to talk about the popular open source service. He and co-founder Nathan Haneysmith originally started the company as a way to sell automation services to startups, but wanted to expand their abilities to serve more clients. From naming the company to governance and engaging with contributors, Adam dives into why it was important to him to go the open source route and how the business model works. In this episode we discuss: How Chef got started The decision to be open source What the business model looks like Contributors and community members Where Chef is today and where it’s headed Links Chef Puppet The Apache Software Foundation Docker Perl
40:44
July 1, 2020
Istio with Sven Mawson
Full show notes and transcript. Eric Anderson (@ericmander) and Sven Mawson (@smawson) dive into the past, present and future of Istio, an open source service mesh born of collaboration between IBM and Google. Sven is a Senior Staff Engineer at Google and co-founder of the Istio project. In today’s episode, he shares the story of how two titans came together for a tool that anyone can use and contribute to. In this episode we discuss: How Google asked IBM to drop their Amalgam8 project The involvement of Lyft, Envoy and Matt Klein (@mattklein123) Making moves at QCon A counter-intuitive marketing strategy What work still needs to be done Links Istio Google Cloud Endpoints Kubernetes Envoy QCon NGinX
31:23
July 1, 2020
Envoy Proxy with Matt Klein
Full show notes and transcript. Eric Anderson (@ericmander) and Matt Klein (@mattklein123) discuss the beginnings of Envoy Proxy, an open source proxy now governed by the CNCF. Matt is a software engineer at Lyft and creator of the Envoy. On today’s episode, Matt gives the inside scoop on the benefits and challenges of cultivating a self-sustaining open source community.   In this episode we discuss: How Matt’s experience at Twitter informed development of Envoy Working with Google The role of marketing in Envoy’s success Why building an open source community is like “total controlled anarchy” Finding the right contributors and maintainers Links: Envoy Proxy Finagle Hystrix NginX HA Proxy Istio CNCF
39:08
November 14, 2019
Alluxio with Haoyuan Li
Full show notes and transcript. Eric Anderson (@ericmander) hosts Haoyuan Li (@haoyuan), also known as H.Y., creator of Spark Streaming as well as the open source data orchestration system, Alluxio. H.Y. founded Alluxio, Inc. to further develop the research project that he first created as a doctoral student at UC Berkeley’s AMPLab. Listen to today’s episode to learn more about how H.Y. identified an opportunity to disrupt cloud storage with an open source project as his Ph.D. thesis. In this episode we discuss: H.Y.’s analysis of the data storage industry’s cyclical history How H.Y. balanced academics with the Alluxio community The 3 types of Alluxio contributors Use cases for Alluxio Links: Alluxio Spark Streaming Kubernetes Presto TensorFlow AMPLab
32:36
November 1, 2019