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Michael Proper

Michael Proper

During the past 20 years, Michael has helped start and grow numerous successful companies in the IT sector. Prior to founding ClearCenter (an IT Delivery Platform) & ClearFoundation (an IT Operating System) he started DirectPointe (an IT services company, now owned by HP & C7). He also helped launch and establish Calculated Research & Technology, way back in 1995 :). Michael is a creator and knows how to produce results by rounding-up great teams and helping them to focus on simple yet measurable, transparent goals. In addition, Michael has successfully acquired & integrated many great IT companies including iTOK, Center7 (Helpdesk & NOC), STI, System Works, S3 & Witsbits.

22
Dec

2016 - The Year The Penguin Jumped Over The Chasm

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As open source software continues to mature and gets adopted by more and more major corporations, it is becoming clear that both the SMB and Enterprise software game has changed and the innovation adoption curve chasm has been crossed.

Last month Microsoft announced that it is joining the Linux Foundation as a high-paying Platinum member and Microsoft was not alone in 2016 many other major corporations such as Wallmart, Samsung, Uber, Spotify, Apollo, Teradata, adopted open source technologies and open standards in a serious way in addition to those who have been dedicated to open source for some time now such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Red Hat.

Great to seeing folks understand that open source software is a positive-sum game, where the more contributors there are to the common good, the better there is for everyone. This idea is the opposite of a zero-sum game, where if someone benefits or wins, then another person must suffer, or lose and that value is derived from innovation and adding values, not just in creating a software application which continues to get sold over and over without continued innovation, integration and some type of additional service or support element.

PREDICTION: 2017 will start the mark of the Early Majority* and a new type of Information Technology Service Provider will emerge, know as the new Hybrid Service Provider who will leverage more and more open source technologies to drive down their costs and increase the value of their services and support... think based upon pitches that are simple, secure & affordable which leveraging open source software and open standards.

*See chart for details.

M~

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29
Oct

New ClearOS Build System Is Live

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Ready to get building? For most of 2015 key ClearCenter and ClearFoundation team-members have been jointly working hard on the new ClearOS Build System, which is patterned after many elements of the Fedora and Red Hat's Koji build system, with a fun twist. Intelligently allowing both Free and Paid / Open and Closed application developers to confidently work together on one ClearOS Build System. The ClearFoundation will be inviting and allowing external developers to develop on this new ClearOS Build System. Once developers have proven to be trusted, proficient at creating and supporting ClearOS Community Apps, ClearCenter intends to continue to help developers monetize both Free and Paid Apps for ClearOS using both GitHub and BitBucket repositories. 

Below is how the new ClearOS Build System Workflow works:

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If you have a desire to learn how to develop, submit or build new ClearOS Marketplace Apps here is a ClearOS Build System - Getting Started Guide on how to get started or feel free to get started by filling-out this ClearOS Community Volunteer Form and reviewing the following helpful links: 

ClearOS Development Environment - Building an RPM - An Overview

ClearOS Development Environment - Building An RPM - The Basics

ClearOS Development Environment - Submitting Paid & Free Apps  

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14
May

ClearCenter Acquires Witsbits

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ClearCenter today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Witsbits Inc., a venture backed startup based in San Francisco, built on KVM, started in 2011 and funded by Bootstrap Labs, Redhawk Invest and Chalmers Innovation Seed Fund.

The Witsbits patent pending virtual infrastructure makes bare-metal servers 100% cloud managed and virtualization-ready. Customers simply boot their servers after downloading a unique file. That’s it, no configuration or installation process. Servers are then cloud managed, automatically upgraded, and virtualization-ready, saving significant time, headaches and money.

Witsbits currently supports Operating Systems such as CentOS, Debian, pfSense, Ubuntu®, Microsoft® Windows Server®, Fedora®, TurnKey Linux, MineOS, Linux Mint and soon will tightly integrate with both Red Hat® and ClearOS®.

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17
Oct

Get Ready - A New ClearOS Website Is Coming Soon!

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Are you ready for new home? That's right the ClearOS Community will soon have a new URL to call home. Watch for a sign-up sheet to join in the testing fun coming later this month. Expect new intelligent forums, combined products, certifications, badges, a fresh point system with rewards, integrated tools, and a sneak peak at the new ClearOS 7 Alpha II

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01
Apr

Get Inspired & Informed @ Interop 2014

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Enjoy learning with key ClearFoundation and ClearCenter Team members at Interop Las Vegas 2014. Message David Loper or Michael Proper to see where the fun is. 

 

 

 

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10
Dec

ClearCenter Nominated a Finalist in the Best Hybrid Cloud Solution for the 2012 UP-START Cloud Awards

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Orem, Utah. December 2012 Recently ClearCenter, was notified by Susan Allen, UP-START 2012 that ClearCenter had qualified as a finalist in the “Best Hybrid Cloud Solution” category for the 2012 UP-Start Cloud Awards. The UP-START Cloud Awards recognize extraordinary achievements. These prestigious awards are the result of a huge vote from people at the heart of the cloud. The very best of the best for 2012 will be announced during the conference in San Francisco.

ClearCenter is honored to reach the award finals, given the calibre of the other finalists that included the likes of Alfresco, Hewlett Packard, Eucalyptus and Virtustream.  Michael Proper ClearCenter's CEO and ClearFoundation's Chairman stated that the nomination is a reflection of the value that ClearOS users have obtained from ClearCenter's Hybrid Service Provider Model and ClearCenter's Hybrid Appliances coupled with the hard work that the ClearFoundation Team & Community continually add value to our customers and partners.     

This is only the third time that these awards have been held and the voting process for them is conducted in two phases. The first phase collected votes from the public through an online voting form. This phase was completed on Nov 23, 2012 and thanks to those from the wider ClearCenter & ClearFoundation community for your many votes. The next voting phase is limited to only those people who attend the 2012 UP-Start Cloud Computing Annual Conference in San Francisco on December 12, 2012.  

Welcome to UP 2012

The Third Annual Global Cloud Computing Conference is an annual review of cloud computing developments and trends and the impact on the global economy and society

One of the biggest and oldest cloud events with world class lineup of speakers, providing solutions, that can be applied today and tomorrow. Conference covers following topics:

  • Enterprise Automation and DevOps.
  • Infrastructure and Operations.
  • Business Agility and Continuity.
  • Cloud Mobility.
  • Transition, Integration & Process Optimization.
  • Big Data, BI and Knowledge Management.
  • Standards, Governance & Security.
  • Cloud Adoption & Case Studies.

If you still haven’t made your mind up as to whether you might attend we have been able to get a  20% off discount for our supporters for the Expo Only ticket and here is the code http://up.eventbrite.com/?discount=VOTE. Upon check-in supporters will receive a ballot with a list of all finalists, which has to be filled and deposited to the ballot box to register your vote.

Come join the fun. http://up-con.com/vote

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01
Jun

Request for ClearOS Mirrors

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With the release of ClearOS Core the ClearFoundation will need global mirrors (see the TBD section) to help with the distribution effort. We are looking for sites with 100GB available that have a 100Mbps connection, 1Gbps preferred. We hope to be pushing content during the coming month. Sign-up here to help. 

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27
Apr

Going Back To Our Red Hat Roots

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ClearFoundation announces the development of an open source application repository to provide pre-built packages for ClearOS and other related Linux distributions. 

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This application package repository will be used in conjunction with newer distribution models to provide enterprise grade application frameworks for businesses, education, research and homes. This repository will contain packages built from Red Hat Enterprise Linux sources. 

Initially the repository will contain over 2000 open source applications, modules and components. These can be used to build custom solutions based on ClearOS or other related Linux distributions. Packages will range from very foundational Linux code to productivity applications. ClearOS and other open source communities will benefit from the repository by having access to timely updates and quick turn around for sources. 

The ClearFoundation will be seeking developers, maintainers, testers, bandwidth contributors (hosting mirrors) and additional funds for additional build hardware. If you are any of the above and would like to join this important effort please fill out this form.

* Company names, brand names, trademarks and logos are the property of their respective owners.

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17
Sep

Cast Your Wishes - ClearOS Home

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Cast your wish for ClearOS Home edition and help focus the scope, features and road map priority. 

 

 

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21
Jul

ClearOS Enterprise 5.2 Has Been Released!

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Thank you to our great development team at ClearFoundation and the many contributions and suggestions from the ClearFoundation community. With each release we improve the over-all feature base and performance of ClearOS, the leading open source linux server, network and gateway solution for small business and distributed environments. The primary ClearOS 5.2 changes include:

At ClearFoundation, we are always improving the open source environment for SMB and distributed IT environments with dedicated linux server features such as open source firewall and open source VPN packages.  We listen and deliver!  

As usual, please consult the Release Notes for specific upgrade information regarding your ClearOS version.

Have fun and thank you!
The ClearFoundation Team & Community

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01
Jun

Genie In A Clear Bottle - Make A Wish

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Have you ever had a wish come true?  Now you can! ClearFoundation is proud to introduce the ClearFoundation Community Wish List.  We created an innovative way to ensure that individual community members can influence the direction and development of ClearOS.  With the ClearFoundation Wish List, every community member can make their wishes come true by using their wishes to vote for specific features, ideas and functionality for ClearOS.  This gives ClearOS developers and the ClearFoundation Team direct input from the people that use ClearOS!  Like the idea? Log in and give it a try!

See you on the Wish List!  - Michael Proper

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29
Oct

Open Source Gets DOD’s Long-Awaited Blessing

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Open Source projects complete (and often exceed) commercial software.  If the United States Department of Defense (US DOD) can put open source on equal footing with commercial software, the entire market is shifting to a new paradigm of software development.  The writing on the wall?  "All software will soon be open source.  The software market needs to shift its business model from license to services." Check out this directive from the US DOD CIO:
 
ClearFoundation is dedicated to fostering the development of open source solutions to manage the gateway server layer.  ClearOS is a fully open source point and click network management solution.  ClearOS also offers direct access to ClearSDN which delivers services such as: Antivirus firewall, VPN client, dyndns, webfilter, ipsec, offsite backup and spam blocker.
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01
Oct

ClearOS 5.1 Beta (Cont.)

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Have you ever found yourself waking up (without a crazy alarm clock) with a pit in your stomach, because you didn't do what you committed to do the prior day?  That's how I felt this morning.  The open source world is not the same as the world I have lived in for the past 16 years and I'm learning lessons fast!


I set a hard date of Sept. 30, 2009 for the release of ClearOS 5.1 Beta.  Unfortunately setting that date encroached upon the process Peter Baldwin and many others in the community have been using to release code for the last 10 years. The process has been, "DING, DING, DING, the code is done and on the table, come and get it!" not, "Dinner will be ready at 7:35pm."


Historically, I have been accustomed to walking down to a dev team, asking them to create requirements around a feature, and the next thing I know it has been spec'ed, and a delivery date has been set. Then I move on to the next topic, taking a mental note that we'll soon be getting a peek at a new feature - the anticipation is like opening a gift.

---- PAUSE ----
The sun just came up, off to take a photo of the first snow be back in 10 minutes.

All of this said, First: Peter, I will commit to not call you late at night during development and ask for your blessing on a press release with a solid date in it.  Second: I will learn more about open source release cycles and gain a better understanding of how code gets developed in the open source world.

 --- OBSERVATION --- This is a great real world experience that furthers some of the comments received from both Linus Torvalds and Mark Shuttleworth at LinuxCon last week (great learning experience).

I am glad to see Peter Baldwin is dedicated to great software, not just dates.  Thank you for your patience everyone! 

Sincerely - Michael Proper

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12
Sep

What is The ClearFoundation?

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ClearFoundation is an Incorporated Society dedicated to the vision that every small organization and distributed IT environment on the globe deserves proper security, filtration, and management tools.  Internet access is the great equalizer in economics, but each network requires security and management.  ClearFoundation is dedicated to providing essential tools to everyone that might need it.  Below you'll find our basic purpose.  

The Purposes [Open Draft]

The purposes for which this Incorporated Society has been organized are as follows:

(a) Ensure that every small business and distributed IT environment on the globe can have proper security, filtration, and management tools;
 
(b) To defend Open Source software as publicly available and freely distributed: namely, ClearOS and its open source components;

(c) To promote the development, enhancement, and application of Open Source software within ClearOS;

(d) to ensure that people of any language and ability can use ClearOS for their own purpose.

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03
Sep

Google Apps | Great Example of Accountability and Professionalism

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World,
Below is a message I received from Google Apps today regarding a recent Google Apps (Gmail) web interface mail outage.

--- START GOOGLE EMAIL---
"Dear Google Apps customer,
We would like to follow up on the recent Gmail outage and resulting credit through our service level agreement (SLA) with you.

Between 12:45 PM to 2:15 PM PDT | 19:45 - 21:15 GMT on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, Google Apps Gmail users were unable to access their accounts

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04
Aug

ClearOS gets intl coverage in a leading open source magazine.

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Linux MagazinReaders of the German "Linux-Magazin" get a sneak peek of ClarkConnect 5.0 and the new features to be included. The special issue "Safeguarding Data" from Linux-Magazin includes a CD copy of ClarkConnect 5.0 beta 3 with prime placement on the full front cover.

Linux-Magazin sets the pace for many early adopters in Germany with in-depth coverage, such as tools and best practices for network security in this special issue for third quarter, 2009. A natural fit for ClarkConnect soon to be ClearOS in its up coming version 5.1 slated to be released in September 2009.  Read more...
03
Aug

ClearFoundation Launches & Welcomes The World!

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We are pleased to see this industry changing technology come to the masses. ClearOS delivers a comprehensive, integrated system in a single box with a unified interface, and that is very important to what we do as IT professionals.  Best of all, ClearFoundation delivers premier technology at a fraction of the cost of comparable multi-vendor solutions.  ClearCenter partners now have a fully supported open source, open standards solution with proven technology and easy to deploy services through ClearSDN.

   

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