There’s a lot going on in the OpenStack community and it’s easy to get lost in the noise. We’ve collected the top stories and conversations you need to know about this week. From the latest OpenStack resources to news about users, we share the content you need to stay up to date.
By: Dan Kusnetzky
Bill Hilf explains why Helion is executed on OpenStack, mentioning vendor neutrality as one of the big draws.
###[Free courses for getting started in the open cloud](http://opensource.com/education/14/9/free-courses-getting-started-open-source-cloud)
By: Jason Baker
Opensource.com compiles a list of free courses for diving into the open source world and learning about Linux, Hadoop, Python and more.
###[OpenStack market to quadruple in size between this year and 2018](http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2014/09/10/openstack-market-to-quadruple-in-size-between-this-year-and-2018/)
By: Business Cloud News
A recent 451 Research report projects that the OpenStack market will be worth $3.3 billion by 2018.
###[Git Bounty Wants To Help Open-Source Programmers Get Paid For Bug Fixes](http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/07/git-bounty-wants-to-help-open-source-programmers-get-paid-for-bug-fixes/)
By: Frederic Lardinois
Git Bounty pays open source programmers to make bug fixes on behalf of those using open source, but lacking the expertise or the time to make the fix themselves. Would you use Git Bounty or does incentivizing programmers with money cross the open-source line?
###[Piston Cloud Updates OpenStack Software, Unveils Private Cloud Cost Calculator](http://www.crn.com/news/cloud/300074000/piston-cloud-updates-openstack-software-unveils-private-cloud-cost-calculator.htm)
By: Kevin McLaughlin
Piston’s latest updates includes stronger security features via support for Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology and a calculator that allows users to determine the total cost of ownership of building a cloud on Piston’s version of OpenStack.
###[Mirantis Updates OpenStack Express to Icehouse](http://talkincloud.com/private-cloud/091114/mirantis-updates-openstack-express-icehouse)
By: Chris Talbot
Mirantis has also released the latest version of its OpenStack Express. The 2.0 version is based on Icehouse and offers a handful of improvements.
>”In just four years OpenStack, the open source cloud orchestration project originally launched by NASA and Rackspace in 2010 has garnered more buy-in from vendors and service providers than any cloud-centric open source project out there at the moment.” — [Business Cloud News](http://www.businesscloudnews.com/2014/09/10/openstack-market-to-quadruple-in-size-between-this-year-and-2018/)
> “OpenStack has seen tremendous growth over the last four years in terms of investment and community expansion. The open-source platform is increasingly a consideration for private cloud deployments.”– Al Sadowski of [451 Research](http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12144923.htm)
> “What’s needed now to accelerate the open source revolution for non-tech businesses is a lot more learning—stories, case examples, profiles of success—about how leadership really works in a world increasingly building new value through volunteer communities.” –Brook Manville in [opensource.com](http://opensource.com/business/14/9/open-new-agenda-business-leaders)
— 451 Research (@451Research) September 11, 2014
— OpenStack IL (@OpenStackIL) September 11, 2014
— Jan Schwoebel (@MindTheVirt) September 11, 2014
— Jonathan Bryce (@jbryce) September 8, 2014
— Thierry Carrez (@tcarrez) September 8, 2014
— Niki Acosta (@nikiacosta) September 11, 2014
— Khayam Gondal (@khayamgondal) September 11, 2014
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