Growing Ubuntu's cloud community

Carlos Ribeiro carribeiro at
Wed Sep 8 20:53:40 BST 2010

On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 16:01, Scott Kitterman <ubuntu at> wrote:

> On Wednesday, September 08, 2010 09:44:44 am Ahmed Kamal wrote:
> >   Hi folks,
> >
> > For the 11.04 cycle, I will be focusing on growing the community around
> > Ubuntu's cloud offerings (and by extension Ubuntu server). Please reply
> > back with what you consider to be the most important areas that need
> > work to achieve such a target
> > In particular I think we should try to answer questions like
> >   * Where do we see new contributers adding value to Ubuntu's cloud
> > offerings ? What can they do
> >   * How to make it easier for new contributers to jump-in and have an
> > easy start
> >
> > Awaiting your suggestions and past experiences.
> > Thanks
> Personally I've found all this emphasis on cloud instead of traditional
> server
> applications (many of which are used in the cloud) to be quite
> demotivating.
> I spend considerably less time on server related development than I used
> to.


As for myself, I'm really interested in cloud deployment - I'm thinking
about running a commercial service based on Ubuntu in the next few months,
probably around the year's end. But I still found the literature regarding
cloud in Ubuntu to be insufficient for my needs. It's not clear how do the
pieces interact; for example, there's little information regarding design
issues; networking tips for cloud scenarios; building a storage with Ubuntu
(I found a great howto yesterday on the wiki, but that's all that I could
find - a single article) and other stuff like that. But I understand what
Scott is saying.

In the end it seems to me that focusing on cloud issues should not be done
at the cost of focusing on the development of the server. Cloud is much
bigger and has a much wider scope. Maybe there should be separate
initiatives, one for cloud (focused on system-wide issues) and another one
for the server.

Carlos Ribeiro
Consultoria em Projetos
mail: carribeiro at
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