If you’ve been to a devopsdays event before, you’ll have understood that deploying an open source automation tool doesn’t mean you magically reach DevOps nirvana. Similarly, using open source code doesn’t mean you magically get software for free, become independent from those who develop it, and don’t need to worry about those foundations you’re about to build your business on top of.
One could argue that the DevOps movement grew around existing open source tools and inspired many new ones, and it certainly builds on the spirit of sharing. Looking beyond that, I will consider the evolution of DevOps from the perspective of a long history of success and failure in free/libre software projects (with a particular focus on infrastructure components - MySQL anyone?).
Some food for thought, applicable to both devops and open source projects:
Jonathan Clarke is the Product Owner for Rudder, the open source IT automation & compliance tool, at Normation, a software company he co-founded in Paris in 2009.
He has been working in IT infrastructure, almost exclusively with open source tools, since his beginnings as a system administrator. His work is now focused around automation for configuration and compliance, in particular Rudder. He is also a contributor to several open source projects including CFEngine, LSC and OpenLDAP. In his spare time, he enjoys good food, real ale, cinema and cycling around Paris.
Jonathan is a regular speaker at international events including Solutions Linux, Open World Forum, FOSDEM, RMLL, Floss UK Spring Conference, Loadays, LDAPCon...