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How I contribute to OpenStack series

August 16th, 2012 — 12:47pm

Rackspace is running a series of interviews to the protagonists of OpenStack development. Titled ‘How I contribute to OpenStack’, it  collects insight straight from key developers on the front lines about how they became involved in OpenStack and the open cloud, and what contributions they’ve made.

The first two installments saw SolidFire Software Engineer John Griffith and Red Hat Principal Software Engineer Mark McLoughlin. More to come on How I contribute to OpenStack.

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Developer Activity Review – May 20

May 20th, 2011 — 3:53pm

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 [email protected]. I am always ready to listen to the community for new ideas.


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.

  • Graphical Console for VMs w/o Network Stacks – Donal Lafferty is looking for a blueprint for a graphical console instead of text console. Mike Scherbakov replied with instructions for using the current Dashboard.
  • Unassigned Essential Diablo Specs – Thierry Carrez listed a set of blueprints that are planned for Diablo but currently have no owner. The list is at https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack/msg02432.html.
  • Python-novaclient vs. python-openstack.compute - Soren Hansen brings up the issue that we have 2 distinct but similar libraries doing the same thing; Sandy Walsh, Dan Prince, Gabe Westmaas, Ed Leafe, and Josh Kearney all joined in the discussion of how to handle this issue.
  • Global deployment of Glance – Glen Campbell raises the issue of having replicas of Glance in multiple installations and how to maintain synch. Jay Pipes, Chris Behrens, and Eric Day discussed the idea of using SWIFT to manage the multiple zones issue and offload the problem from Glance.


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

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OpenStack Project Oversight Committee

January 27th, 2011 — 9:43am

The OpenStack Project Oversight Committee (POC) was formed at the end of last year. The committee is a mixture of appointed and community elected members who fill nine seats. The current members are Jesse Andrews, Jonathan Bryce, Rick Clark, Soren Hansen, Mark Interrante, Vish Ishaya, Joshua McKenty, Ewan Mellor and Chuck Thier. One of the responsibilities of the POC is to approve policies for the operation of OpenStack sub-projects.

As Rick mentioned in this week’s release meeting, one policy has just been approved–a procedure for adding developers to core teams. This was a policy that was proposed to the general OpenStack mailing list for open discussion. After a period of time, the POC then took up discussion of the issue and voted to adopt the proposal. John Purrier has followed a similar process for a number of proposals and the POC is currently considering two.

The majority of POC discussion and voting has happened on a Launchpad group mailing list. Archives are publicly available and anyone interested in reviewing the detailed discussion can view the threads here: https://lists.launchpad.net/openstack-poc/

In addition, the POC will be holding regular IRC meetings, and the logs and minutes of those meetings will be available as well. A summary of POC activity and links to relevant information will be available on the OpenStack wiki: http://wiki.openstack.org/Governance/POC

In the last six months, OpenStack has grown and matured, and we have heard a lot of great feedback on the governance model. As the year progresses, I expect that we will continue to refine and improve our governance processes and models. If you have feedback, suggestions, or questions, please share them with me ([email protected]).

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OpenStack Austin Release Award Winners

November 16th, 2010 — 11:10am

Rewards, high fives, kudos, and good old fashioned handshakes. We gave those out and more at our first public OpenStack Design Summit during a break from jamming on Rock Band Thursday night. Chief Architect Rick Clark and I (Content Stacker Anne Gentle) wanted to recognize members of the community who made a significant impact on the Austin release through a variety of contributions. Our community is in its early stages and going through growth spurts, and these members found ways to build OpenStack up during a busy release cycle.

So, please join us in congratulating these community members:

Developer Community Awards

  • Vish Ishaya – Vish was rewarded for submitting the biggest patch (9,000 lines or so) that also broke the most stuff. We like breakers as long as they can fix what they break.
  • Alex Polvi - We wanted to recognize all of Alex’s work building community ties and helping us realize the vision of open source for clouds by being a strong community builder.
  • Jay Pipes – Jay gets recognized for so much Karma in the Launchpad system that Rick is practically suspicious. Just kidding, he has answered questions, submitted patches, fixed bugs, and in general been a huge push behind support for OpenStack from a developer’s perspective.

Content Stacker Community Awards

  • Stephen Milton – He took the Swift all-in-one instructions and tested and created a multiple-server instruction set that Chuck Thier then edited based on the Rackspace Cloud Files experience. It was a great mini-sprint effort.
  • David Pravec - He is always helpful answering questions in IRC, plus he created outlines for three manuals for Nova – Administration, Deployment, and Cloud-Users. He also created polished diagrams that are worth 1,000 words. Each.
  • Anthony Young - We recognize Anthony and the Anso labs team effort to completely refresh the Nova developer documentation and docstrings. Look for the fruits of their labor at nova.openstack.org.

We couldn’t build what we’ve built so far without all the combined efforts of all our developers, supporters, and documentation contributors. Take a minute to give these guys a high five with us.

And then get back to Rock Band.

Photo used with permission from Mark Interrante

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OpenStack Design Summit – Developer Interviews

November 15th, 2010 — 11:07am

There are many videos floating around the Internet from last week’s OpenStack Design Summit and I plan to organize them all on a new event page for Design Summit on OpenStack.org. In the meantime, I did several short interviews with developers at the event that are now available for your review. Please turn your volume UP as the Flip video camera doesn’t have the greatest microphone. Also, if you are interested in uploading your videos into the OpenStack Vimeo site please contact me.

DesignSummit 2010 Ewan M – Citrix from Stephen Spector on Vimeo.

DesignSummit 2010 Kei Masumoto (English) from OpenStack on Vimeo.

DesignSummit 2010 Masanori Itoh (Japanese) from Stephen Spector on Vimeo.

DesignSummit 2010 Itai Frenkel (English) from Stephen Spector on Vimeo.

DesignSummit 2010 Itai Frenkel (Hebrew) from Stephen Spector on Vimeo.

DesignSummit 2010 Michael R Dreamhost from Stephen Spector on Vimeo.

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