A reflection on how the Wikimedia Foundation raised $16 million using all open-source software for the annual fundraiser in 2010. Nearly all of the money raised came from small, online donations from users of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. This talk will explore the components of the system, development methodology, challenges faced and challenges we face for next year.
Ruby on Rails is a great framework for quickly building applications, but what happens when you are wildly successful and need to scale WAY up? This talk is a case study in the evolution of our Rails application from a monolithic "does everything" systems running on a hosted server to a service-oriented system running in the cloud.
Solr, an open source enterprise search server, scales very well within an index (vertical scaling). It is when you have multiple indexes (horizontal scaling) that it starts to get hairy, which happens a lot when you are hosting a cloud based solution for multiple users. In this session we will discuss these issue as well as the techniques of how to overcome them in-depth.