With the Flock conference being under way, Thomas answers a few questions related to his expertise.
- Senior Principal Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat
- Influential in the field of containers, Cloud solutions, JBoss middleware, and more, in the industry since 1993
- Specializes in cloud security and integration
- Author of trainings for many Red Hat products
- Experienced presenter
What would you like to achieve at Flock 2016? (what outcome would you like to see?)
I’d love to show that Red Hat folks outside of the Fedora project are
committed to the greater community. I’d also love to get folks up to
speed on container security (the topic of my presentation).
What do you think are the most pressing issues that should be discussed concerning Fedora Cloud at Flock?
Balancing the release of new features with stability/usability. There
are a ton of new features around containers, security, orchestration,
etc., and it’s incredibly difficult to get them out for use while
keeping them stable.
What do you think are the hot topics at Flock this year?
Containers, cloud computing, orchestration, security. I’d love to see
more around open hybrid cloud – i.e. integration of ManageIQ with
OpenStack and Fedora.
What is the future of containers in Fedora?
I hesitate to jump on the bandwagon, but… there seems to be a huge
amount of momentum in containerizing everything. In some ways, I think
that’s great, and it makes a lot of sense. But I worry it’s also
dangerous to go all in on containers. While I don’t think it’s the “hype
du jour,” I worry that something newer and shinier might come along and
derail all the work that’s been done.
You have insight into how the “productized Fedora,” that is RHEL, is used by Red Hat’s customers. Does the ‘loop’ close in any way? In other words, does some feedback from customers go all the way back to Fedora folks?
I definitely get feedback from a lot of our customers – from really
bleeding edge early adopters to very conservative, slow moving
customers. I try to make sure that feedback goes all the way from
support and product management to the folks in Fedora.
The opposite is true, as well. I try to take what I’m learning at Flock
to our customers to make sure we’re setting expectations as to what’s
coming over the next 12-36 months.
What do you think is a good way to attract more contributors to Fedora?
Fedora seems to be thought of as a hard-core developer’s platform. I
would love to see us change that image to a great, general purpose Linux
platform. We’re not just a coder’s distro, my kids use it to game on,
for Heaven’s sake!
Changing the perception of Fedora as a geek-only platform would be
awesome! I use Fedora as my daily driver at home, and it works
flawlessly for productivity work like mail, word processing,
spreadsheets, and so on. I also use it to play games from Minecraft to
Steam, and I also do a lot of sysadmin/systems engineering work like
virtualization and container development. I think Fedora is an
incredible distro, and we should talk a LOT more about that!