How cloud can give back to open source

There’s been a lot of talk about open source and the cloud, which makes sense given the proliferation of open source technologies that actually comprise cloud computing.

But what about open source in the cloud? Can cloud computing and storage provide open source projects less expensive access to computing resources?

The question seems to be answered by a revelation today from Debian GNU/Linux developer Lucas Nussbaum, who has outlined how Debian archive services are now completely hosted on Amazon Web Services.