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February 8, 2024 20 mins

Kapil Thangavelu, CTO and co-founder of and the leading force behind an open source project called Cloud Custodian, talks about his journey in open source, beginning with his transition from Windows to dabbling in Linux, marking his shift toward open source development. He talks about the creation and development of Cloud Custodian while at Capital One, highlighting how the cloud management tool has grown to adopt multiple cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Oracle, and Tencent Cloud. He gives credit to the tool's vast community of over 400 contributors, and thousands of users, and attributes its success to welcoming contributions, not only in the form of code but also in essential non-code contributions like documentation. He ends the conversation by addressing the future of open source, expressing concern over changes in licenses and tailoring open source projects to fit into a more commercial, rather than a community-based landscape.

00:00 Introduction 02:05 The Genesis of Cloud Custodian 05:48 Expanding Cloud Custodian to Multiple Platforms 06:21 The Versatility and Use Cases of Cloud Custodian 14:11 The Challenges and Future of Open Source 17:28 Closing Remarks and Reflections



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Guest: Kapil Thangavelu is a Co-Founder and CTO at Stacklet, building products to help companies be well managed in the cloud. He started his career in open source working on Zope and Plone (CMS) communities as a consultant. Over the last decade he’s spent time building open source projects and accelerating cloud innovation at Canonical, Capital One, and Amazon.


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