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Presenting OpenStack Foundation mission and roadmap [webinar]

Jonathan Bryce and Mark Collier will host two webinars to illustrate the draft mission for the future OpenStack Foundation. The draft was published on http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/Foundation/ and it’s the fist building block of the organisation that was announced in Boston. They will be available to answer questions about the roadmap and deadlines proposed for the project.  We believe a live conversation will complement the online discussion on the foundation mailing list. We picked the times of the webinars to accommodate the needs of people living across the world and we picked the technology that is most accessible. You can use your favourite operating system or dial in using toll free numbers for virtually anywhere in the world. If you encounter problems please let us know.

The first webinar will be held on Thursday Jan 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM CST (register here https://cc.readytalk.com/r/ogxx717wjy06) and the following day on Friday, Jan 13, 2012 at 9:00 AM CST (register here https://cc.readytalk.com/r/9o9bdh6hb3vn).

You may find the converter useful http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to find your local time.

OpenStack Governance Elections Fall 2011 – Results

The polls  for OpenStack Governance Elections closed. Congratulations to the winners and thank you all for participating in this election.

PROJECT POLICY BOARD (3 positions + 1 to replace resigning member)

Winners:

  1. Ewan Mellor
  2. Paul Voccio
  3. Monty Taylor
  4. Josh Kearney

Details of the poll results are visible.

The Project Technical Leads have not changed.

NOVA Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner: Vishvananda Ishaya

SWIFT Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner: John Dickinson

GLANCE Project Technical Lead (1 position)

Winner: Jay Pipes

OpenStack Governance Elections – Voting started

Today at 12:00pm CDT the election process for the OpenStack has started.  The approved candidates for the Project Policy Board are:

  • Joe Heck
  • Soren Hansen
  • Rick Clark
  • Jason Cannavale
  • Christopher MacGown
  • Paul Voccio
  • Joe Arnold
  • Blake Yeager
  • Ewan Mellor
  • Brian Lamar
  • Monty Taylor
  • Josh Kearney
  • Chuck Thier
  • Rob Hirschfeld

The poll is currently running to elect the three new members and the replacement for Eric Day. If you are eligible to vote and have requested to be added to the official list of voters you should have received an email with instructions to cast your vote for the Project Policy Board (PPB). Poll will close on September 4th, 12pm CDT.

For the Team Lead positions in Nova, Swift and Glance projects no poll was necessary since we had only one candidate for each position. The Team Leads therefore are:

  • NOVA Project Technical Lead:  Vishvananda Ishaya
  • SWIFT Project Technical Lead:  John Dickinson
  • GLANCE Project Technical Lead: Jay Pipes

OpenStack Governance Elections – Voting Process

This Wednesday at Noon CST, the OpenStack Governance Elections Nominations process will close and all approved candidates will be entered into the Election Tool.  Elections will run from August 25 – September 4 at Noon CST.

Elections

The following four separate votes will be conducted during this election cycle:

  • NOVA Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • SWIFT Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • GLANCE Project Team Lead (1 Position)
  • Project Policy Board (3 Open Seats)

In addition, Eric Day has resigned his seat on the PPB with a term ending Spring 2012. To fill his seat for the next 6 months, the 4th place vote getter in the Project Policy Board election will replace Eric and complete his term. This process change simplifies having to run a special election for his seat. Please contact me if you have any questions on this process for replacing Eric on the board.

Voter Eligibility

Each election has a separate policy for who can vote in the election. A complete review of this process can be found at http://www.openstack.org/blog/2011/08/openstack-governance-elections-coming-soon/. To be eligible to vote, please ensure that you meet these requirements by Noon CST on Wednesday August 25th.

Candidates

The current list of nominees is available at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Fall2011-Nominees.  If you are interested in being a nominee, please add yourself by Wednesday August 25th by Noon CST at which time nominations will close.

Developer Weekly (August 12)

Many people have asked for more insight into the developer activities for OpenStack as the large number of code changes and proposals make it difficult to monitor everything happening. In hopes of exposing more of the developer activities, I plan to post a weekly or biweekly blog post on the latest development activities. If you have any ideas for this blog post, please email me at stephen.spector@openstack.org. I am always ready to listen to the community for new ideas.

Activities

Developer Mailing List (archive: https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/)

This is select list of topics discussed this week in the developer mailing list and is not a complete list.  Please visit the archive to see all the topics.

  • Tenants and Service Relationship… - Liem Manh Ngueyn asks “can I have a tenant associated with the “swift” service in Region X and another “swift” service in Region Y?” Yogeshwar Srikrishnan replies that Keystone would have different endpoint_template for each of those regions and provides and example.
  • Monitoring RabbitMQ Messages – Joshua Harlow asks if there is a tool to see all the messages passing thru rabbitmq. Craig Vyvial suggested changing the config options for rabbitmq (http://www.rabbitmq.com/management.html#configuration). Narayan Desai suggested using rabbitmqctl list_queues to see what the queue depth for each NOVA service was.
  • Problems connecting Dashboard and Nova – Mauricio Arango submitted the error information when the Dashboard fails to connect to Nova. Several developers offered various ideas to solve the problem – Mark Gius, Rafael Duran Castaneda, Joseph Heck, Arvind Somya, Vand ish Ishaya . The complete flow of ideas and responses is at https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg03456.html.

Statistics

For the latest on development activities on OpenStack please check these sites for more details:

OpenStack Governance Elections – Nomination Process

The OpenStack Governance Elections Nominations are open from August 10, 2011 through August 24, 2011 at Noon CST. The process will follow the same format as last time with Etherpads as well as the opportunity for approved nominees to highlight information on themselves. If you have any questions on the process or eligibility, please contact me.

NOVA PROJECT TEAM LEAD (1 Position) Nominee Process

All developers listed on http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~hudson-openstack/nova/trunk/view/head:/Authors by the 24th of August are eligible to run for this position. Please nominate someone from the NOVA developer community or yourself at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Fall2011-Nominees under the Nominees heading. I will then confirm with the contact if they are willing to run for the position at which time I will move them to Approved Candidates or remove them from the list. Please give the name and email of the contact when nominating.

SWIFT PROJECT TEAM LEAD (1 Position) Nominee Process

All developers listed on http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~hudson-openstack/swift/trunk/view/head:/AUTHORS by the 24th of August are eligible to run for this position. Please nominate someone from the SWIFT developer community or yourself at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Fall2011-Nominees under the Nominees heading. I will then confirm with the contact if they are willing to run for the position at which time I will move them to Approved Candidates or remove them from the list. Please give the name and email of the contact when nominating.

GLANCE PROJECT TEAM LEAD (1 Position) Nominee Process

All developers listed on https://github.com/openstack/glance/blob/master/Authors by the 24th of August are eligible to run for this position. Please nominate someone from the GLANCE developer community or yourself at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Fall2011-Nominees under the Nominees heading. I will then confirm with the contact if they are willing to run for the position at which time I will move them to Approved Candidates or remove them from the list. Please give the name and email of the contact when nominating.

PROJECT POLICY BOARD (3 Positions) Nominee Process

All registered members of the OpenStack Launchpad system (https://launchpad.net/~openstack) who are listed by the 24th of August are eligible to run for these 3 positions. Please nominate someone from the OpenStack community or yourself at http://etherpad.openstack.org/Fall2011-Nominees under the Nominees heading. I will then confirm with the contact if they are willing to run for the position at which time I will move them to Approved Candidates or remove them from the list. Please give the name and email of the contact when nominating.

CANDIDATES

I will work with all approved candidates to add a link from the main page, http://etherpad.openstack.org/Fall2011-Nominees, to their custom profile. This will allow voters to learn more about the various candidates running for the open positions.

Once again, if you have any questions on this process or eligibility, please contact me for answers.

OpenStack Governance Elections – Coming Soon

The time is once again upon us for our OpenStack Governance Elections. The Nomination Process will run from August 10 – 24 at Noon CST; stay tuned for more information on how this process will work. The Election will run from August 25 – September 4 at Noon CST. Final results will be posted immediately upon election shutdown on the 4th at Noon CST.

Information on the open positions is listed below.

NOVA Project Team Lead (1 Position)

Voter Eligibility – Only OpenStack community members who have successfully submitted code to the NOVA project are eligible to be nominated or vote.  I am using the list of email addresses found at http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~hudson-openstack/nova/trunk/view/head:/Authors for eligible electors and nominees.

Each member of this list will receive an email with a direct link to the NOVA PTL team lead election site where they can vote for the member of their choice. Each member can only vote once in this election.

SWIFT Project Team Lead (1 Position)

Voter Eligibility – Only OpenStack community members who have successfully submitted code to the SWIFT project are eligible to be nominated or vote.  I am using the list of email addresses found at http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~hudson-openstack/swift/trunk/view/head:/AUTHORS for eligible electors and nominees.

Each member of this list will receive an email with a direct link to the SWIFT PTL team lead election where they can vote for the member of their choice. As this list only has author names, I will be reaching out to several members whose email I do not have; of course, if you are on the list you can simply send me your email address to save me time in searching out your contact information. Each member of this list will receive an email with a direct link to the SWIFT PTL team lead election site where they can vote for the member of their choice. Each member can only vote once in this election.

GLANCE Project Team Lead (1 Position)

Voter Eligibility – Only OpenStack community members who have successfully submitted code to the GLANCE project are eligible to be nominated or vote. I am using the list of email addresses found at http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~hudson-openstack/glance/trunk/view/head:/Authors for eligible electors and nominees.

Each member of this list will receive an email with a direct link to the GLANCE PTL team lead election site where they can vote for the member of their choice. Each member can only vote once in this election.

Project Policy Board (3 Open Positions)

Voter Eligibility – Any registered member of the OpenStack Launchpad is eligible to run or be nominated for one of the two positions. I am getting this list of authorized voters and nominees from the Launchpad system at https://launchpad.net/~openstack. Based on current numbers, there are 1,321 people eligible to vote or be nominated; however, Launchpad does not provide me the email address of all 1,321 people. Thus, if you are interested in voting I will need to obtain your email address for entry into the CIVS (see below) voting system. More information on this process later in this blog post.

PTL Member Wins 1 of 3 Slots – Following governance policy, if either of the three top vote getters are also winners in the PTL election, then the next highest person on the election results will be declared the winner.

The Condorcet Internet Voting System (see below) leverages ranked choices thereby making the possibility of a tie extremely unlikely. If a tie does occur, a runoff between the  candidates who tied will be held.

ELECTION TOOL

Like previous elections, we will use the Condorcet Internet Voting Service from Cornell University, see http://www.cs.cornell.edu/andru/civs.html. This tool uses the Condorcet method of voting which invokes ranking the nominees instead of just selecting one choice. More information on this methodology is at http://www.cs.cornell.edu/w8/~andru/civs/rp.html.

All registered voters will receive an email with a unique link allowing them to privately vote.

For the Project Policy Board election, in order to collect voters email addresses I will contact every potential voter using the “Contact this team’s members” feature at https://launchpad.net/~openstack and ask them to reply directly to me using their preferred voting email address if they want to participate in the vote.

Please note that the voting system is run using private polls with restricted access to ensure voter authenticity; however all results will be made public once the election ends.

OpenStack Boston 2011 Events Sponsorship Packages Available

The sponsorship packages are now available for OpenStack eco-system partners looking to take part in supporting the community at the upcoming OpenStack Design Summit and OpenStack Conference from Oct 3 – 7, 2011.

Sponsorship Package Webinar – https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=dkqn1a (30 minute presentation on the packages)

Sponsorship Package Slides from Webinar - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34074954/OpenStack_Sponsorship_Webinar_2011.ppt

Sponsorship Package Prospectus – http://dl.dropbox.com/u/34074954/Sponsorship_Prospectus_Fall2011.pdf

If you have any questions on these packages please contact me so we can create a package that best meets your needs.

 

OpenStack Community Message Boards UPDATE

With the release yesterday of an OpenStack message board system, the community has quickly realized that significant demand exists and we have decided to re-evaluate the various technologies to ensure that we provide the optimal solution to meet the growing demand. The Project Policy Board is is working on a process to make decisions on our official communication tools that will result in new tools being deployed in the near future to meet the needs of the community beyond the existing tools (IRC and Mailing List).. I anticipate the re-launch of a forum next week with the full support of the entire community. Please watch this blog and Twitter for more information on this important support mechanism.

OpenStack Governance Discussion from Conference

The OpenStack community held an open discussion on the existing and future governance policy of the community. I taped the meeting with my FLIP camera so apologies for the so-so video; however the audio sounded fine when I ran through the tape.

OpenStack Conference: Governance Discussion from OpenStack on Vimeo.

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