Classic formulas give good results – Amateur tech diviner – Issue #7

As part of my role as a senior product marketing manager at an enterprise software company with an open source development model, I publish a regular update about market trends for product marketers, managers, and other influencers. In the spirit of open source, here are the 5 articles my audience found the most interesting last week (as measured by clicks) and why I think that’s so.

How to install Ansible Tower on Red Hat OpenShift

“In this article, I will show how to install and manage Red Hat Ansible Tower on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. Ansible Tower helps you scale IT automation, manage complex deployments, and improve productivity. You can centralize and control your IT infrastructure with a visual dashboard, and it provides role-based access control, job scheduling, integrated notifications, graphical inventory management, and more.”

Why I suspect this played: This is the combination of the two most beloved of my company’s  emerging technology products. It also demonstrates the potential of OpenShift to blend the traditional and the cloud-native.

“Podman uses a traditional fork/exec model (vs. a client/server model) for running containers. Before I get into the main topic of this article, Podman and containers, I need to get a little technical about the Linux audit feature.”

Why I suspect this played: The different between an open source project and an open source products is often misunderstood or willfully downplayed. An open source project is usually more narrowly focused on the specific needs of the founders and contributors. Making that project into an enterprise-ready product means thinking about a different set of concerns, with security being a particularly good example. You can see the different level of thinking in this post.

“The open source world is where the innovation is happening” says Red Hat’s Mike Piech

“In a very informative interview, Piech, who is responsible for leading the product marketing, program marketing and product management teams responsible for middleware products at Red Hat, including JBoss, explained that open source software solutions are at the core of Red Hat’s portfolio that includes as well other types of solutions. He explained how open source adoption has accelerated and why customers should resort to such solutions without having to fear security breaches.”

Why I suspect this played: The tongue in cheek answer is that putting the interview subject in the headline seems like weird SEO, especially when it isn’t Jim Whitehurst or Paul Cormier. There is also the fact that this is a middleware guy being interviewed by a telecom publication which we might not be used to but make sense especially when thinking about the role of messaging in Internet of Things solutions.

Machine learning with Python: Essential hacks and tricks

“It’s never been easier to get started with machine learning. In addition to structured massive open online courses (MOOCs), there are a huge number of incredible, free resources available around the web. Here are a few that have helped me.”

Why I suspect this played: The “list of resources” post notoriously hard to resist. Bookmarking it says “I am the type of person who may one day know how to do machine learning with python”.

“There has been considerable progress made since the last time I tried a variety of Linux distributions other than Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi, so I’ve given four of them another try.”

Why I suspect this played: A Linux distribution battle-royale on open hardware is a time honored tradition. Many of us are nerds and have a Pi or Arduino kicking around running a media centre or homebrew rig. Sometimes its better to let someone else wear the frustration of distro-hopping.

Those stories got the most attention last week; subscribe to find out what we read this week (along with the other stuff I publish).

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