Storm a comin’. Seriously, the remnants of a tropical storm were coming through the North East today. And Boston just happened to be a place where the rain bands were squalling all day long. I found a break in the storm to get in a five mile run. Parts of it were during a light mist, and the humidity reminded me of North Carolina. Continue reading
June has been a busy month. I helped with a book launch, CityCamp NC, and now this…
June started off with the launch of The Open Organization, a new book from Red Hat CEO, Jim Whitehurst. My role has changed over the last few months, and while I’m still working on Opensource.com, I’m now leading the effort to build community around the book. This means that we are exploring how leaders lead in an open organization and what makes them successful. Continue reading
We had an amazing Halloween. Of course, it’s a fun day for the family, but also at work. Halloween is important at Red Hat because of our history. 20 years ago this year, the famous Halloween release of Red Hat Linux was out in the wild. Now, it’s evolved into one of the most trusted, secure, and reliable versions of enterprise-ready Linux.
We have an awesome Halloween party at the office. Starting at 2:00 pm on Friday, Red Hat Associates gathered at the Lincoln Theater for a skit from our Corporate Leadership Team. Continue reading
On Thursday, December 12, I participated in my first Red Hat Craft Fair. It’s an event held at Red Hat headquarters where the crafty folks or their spouses/family members get a chance to sell their home goods to Red Hatters. I thought it would be a good idea to sell my book and my salsa. It turned out to be a good idea. Continue reading
“Raleigh is a great place to call home” said Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat. Whitehurst led off as dignitaries from all levels of North Carolina government spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony held at Red Hat Tower on Monday, June 24, 2013.
Governor Pat McCory thanked Red Hat for their commitment to the urban core. Chairman of the Wake County Commissioners, Joe Bryan, highlighted the need for a grocery story in downtown Raleigh. After talking with a few Red Hat associates who live near downtown, Bryan took the opportunity to talk about improving the quality of life for downtown to attract more companies like Red Hat. Continue reading
Almost 50 people collaborated on February 25 at Red Hat headquarters, currently located on Centennial Campus in Raleigh, NC, to participate in Triangle Wiki Day. The event was a soft launch of trianglewiki.org, an effort to document the Triangle region and increase collaboration and knowledge sharing across the area. The wiki uses open source software, local wiki, as a content management platform that includes wiki pages, images, and mapping.
The day started off with a brief presentation [PDF] by Jason Hibbets on how the Triangle Wiki project fits in with the CityCamp Raleigh movement, as well as the larger open government picture and civic innovation week, Code Across America, by Code for America. Continue reading
At last night’s TriDUG meeting, we had two stellar presentations and a preview to a new logo and identity for TriDUG (Triangle Drupal User Group).
Matt Kennedy from Four Clouds gave a great introduction Drupal Views. Andrea Ross from UNC, FPG Child Development Inst. wowed us with an introduction to Drupal Theming. Continue reading
Last week I drove to Columbia, South Carolina to attend POSSCON—the Palmetto Open Source Software Conference. This was my first time attending and I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I left with a good impression. Red Hat sponsored the event and had a presence last year. I think it was a good event for open source in the SouthEast region of the US.
My co-worker, Ruth Suehle, and I were representing Red Hat and promoting opensource.com at POSSCON. Early last week, we caught up with Travis Kepley, a Solutions Architect at Red Hat, who attended POSSCON last year. He gave us an overview of his experience.
I arrived late Tuesday night after a 3 and 1/2 hour drive from Raleigh. I checked into the Hilton near the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and got ready for a busy three days. (Nice hotel and easy walk to the conference—big plus.) Continue reading
This article and interview with Raleigh’s Mayor, Charles Meekor, was published on opensource.com, where we are exploring how the principles of open source are applied beyond technology–to our government, education, and much more. It’s relevant to South West Raleigh because the culture of our creative class embodies the principles of open source–even if some of us don’t call it that. Think Sparkcon, Barcamp, Ignite, etc.
I started pondering what qualities would define an open source city a few months ago when my friend Tom Rabon mentioned it to me one day. I was curious how the city I live in, Raleigh, NC, could attract other open source companies and be the world’s hub for open source and a leader in open government. How could Raleigh be the open source capital of the world, similar to what Silicon Valley is to technology and Paris is to romance?
I think the answer can be found in both the government and the people. Continue reading