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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 18 – 25)

January 25th, 2013 — 9:15am

Highlights of the week

Project Incubation Process Update is Underway

Alan Clark, Chairman of the Board, wrote about the effort to improve the existing open source incubation process for OpenStack. This is one of the most important processes kickstarted by the OpenStack Foundation whose objective is to help ensure that projects receive the focus, visibility and resources needed to be successful via a fair, equitable and open process.

Introducing the User Committee

Speaking of important processes, here is another one you should pay attention to: the OpenStack User Committee whose role is to represent the needs of the diverse range of OpenStack users. For those of you who would like to help define this committee, please look at the points to review document and post your thoughts to the OpenStack foundation mailing list.

Debugging OpenStack with pycharm and pydevd

The story of a conversion, that of John Bresnahan from being a strictly vi user, developing C code and debugging with gdb, to an avid user of pycharm. This is a story of lost productivity of a once Luddite converted to IDE and of how he got to appreciate remote debugging via pydevd.

Technical Committee & Grizzly Update

While we wait for the final release of OpenStack Grizzly, here is a teaser of what’s coming up, with other updates from the OpenStack Technical Committee. Read it together with the Motion on Technical Committee membership for Spring 2013 session.

Let’s Get this Started!

And ‘this’ is the Outreach Program for Women, coordinated by GNOME, with OpenStack as one of ten participating organizations: we’ve added a few more ladies to the OpenStack contributors starting line this month.

We are seeking sponsorships to bring all of them to the OpenStack Summit in Portland in April. If you are interested please contact Anne Gentle at anne.gentle@rackspace.com. For a few thousand dollars, we can learn from them as much as they are learning from us. A great opportunity for some great interns!

On-disk encryption prototype for OpenStack Swift

A few months ago, Mirantis engineers described the design of on-disk per-user encryption of objects in Swift. They released a first working prototype of this feature. It’s still very basic at the moment, but most of its components are pluggable and can be enhanced or replaced with more advanced versions. Code on Github.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Report from previous events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Wenhao Xu
  • gtt116
  • Spencer Krum, Portland State University
  • Mat Grove
  • Burt Holzman, Fermilab
  • Chet Burgess, Metacloud

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 11 – 18)

January 18th, 2013 — 10:15am

Highlights of the week

My first week at OpenStack

Victoria Martínez de la Cruz is one of the three interns working on OpenStack under the Outreach Program for Women (OPW –Anne Gentle shared some details about the program before.) She will be working on Tenant Deletion Workflow in the next months. This first blog post about OpenStack contains lots of good advice for any developer joining the community: a must read, for experienced developers, hiring managers and newcomers to this great community.

Ceilometer Grizzly 2 Milestone Available

The Ceilometer team is proud to announce the first synchronous milestone delivery with the OpenStack project. Grizzly-2 is also the last Folsom compatible version of Ceilometer as we are planning to introduce some breaking changes very soon in our trunk to enable a totally new set of features bringing Ceilometer beyond basic metering into monitoring and alerting.

How many people does one need to build a multi-region cloud?

Hui Cheng describes in details the StackLab project. Spearheaded by Sina, Intel, Gamewave, Xi’an Jiaotong University, South China University of Technology and others, it’s a non profit platform to try and test OpenStack. Sina’s OpenStack development team was responsible for the development, operations, and go online initially. More volunteers have joined the effort and are actively being recruited to get involved to this great career, which will accelerate OpenStack popularizing in China.

An Image Transfers Service For OpenStack

John Bresnahan makes the case for a new transfer service component in OpenStack. IaaS clouds must transfer VM images from the repositories in which they reside to compute nodes where they are booted. In the current state of OpenStack images download via HTTP to a nova-compute client speaking to the Glance image service. In the future proposed by John a transfers service would provide more predictable quality of service with horizontal scalability. Check his idea.

Ceilometer is looking for volunteers to take on unassigned blueprints

The team is about to start implementing the blueprints for the g3 milestone, there are few blueprints which still don’t have anyone assigned to them. If you are looking for something useful to code, head over to see the list of things that you could be working on. Remember that contributions during the Grizzly lifecycle will get you a free ticket to the OpenStack Summit.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Report from previous events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Toan Nguyen, Rackspace
  • Hans Lindgren, KTH
  • Flavio Percoco, Redhat
  • Michael J Fork, IBM
  • Sean Chen
  • Changbin Liu
  • Dan Florea, Cisco
  • Tony NIU
  • François Rossigneux, INRIA
  • Eric Peterson, HP
  • Sunil Thaha, Redhat

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 4 – 11)

January 11th, 2013 — 8:59am

Highlights of the week

Save the Date – OpenStack Summit Spring 2013

It’s official – the Spring 2013 OpenStack Summit will be held in Portland, April 15-18, at the Oregon Convention Center.

If you’d like to submit a presentation, panel or workshop, the call for speakers is now open and will close February 15.

OpenStack at FOSDEM ’13

In 3 weeks, free and open source software developers will converge to Brussels for 2+ days of talks, discussions and beer. FOSDEM is still the largest gathering for our community in Europe, and it will be a pleasure to meet again with longtime friends. Note that FOSDEM attendance is free as in beer, and requires no registration. OpenStack will be present with a number of talks in the Cloud devroom in the Chavanne auditorium on Sunday, February 3rd.

OpenStack at linux.conf.au 2013

On the other side of the world, OpenStack is a protagonist at linux.conf.au 2013 in Australia. Michael Still, Director of LinuxConf Australia, highlights in his blog post the not-to-be-missed talks about OpenStack and the closely-related ones. Spoiler alert: I counted 28 (twentyeight) talks, from Monday to Friday!

OpenStack Board of Directors Talks: Episode 4 with Jim Curry, GM Private Cloud at Rackspace

Jim Curry talks about OpenStack accomplishments, areas worth focusing on for improving, the importance of the ecosystem and more. As OpenStack Elections near, these interviews of current members of OpenStack Foundation’s Board by Rafael Knuth are nice to read.

Http OpenStack Foundation 2012 End-of-Year UpdateJanuary/001301.html

Alan Clark, Board Chair, and Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director, sent a summary of 2012 accomplishments and the budget for 2012-2013.

Introducing the Hyper-V Quantum plugin

Lots of good progress to bring OpenStack to Hyper-V and Windows. After the Nova Hyper-V driver, Cinder Windows Storage driver and Cloud-Init for Windows guests Cloudbase Solutions just released a Quantum plugin for Hyper-V 2008 R2 and 2012.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Report from previous events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Yuyue Hill
  • Kurt Taylor, IBM
  • Flaper Fesp

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 28 – Jan 4)

January 4th, 2013 — 11:06am

Highlights of the week

Save the Date – OpenStack Summit Spring 2013

It’s official – the Spring 2013 OpenStack Summit will be held in Portland, April 15-18, at the Oregon Convention Center.  

We’re expecting 2000 OpenStack users, prospective users, ecosystem members and developers to attend the Spring Summit. As usual, we’ll have a variety of content and tracks, ranging from compelling user stories and technical deep dives to the business case for OpenStack and hands-on workshops.

If you’d like to submit a presentation, panel or workshop, the call for speakers is now open and will close February 15.

The call for sponsorships will open January 14. Event registration and discount hotel rates will be available the week of January 14, so stay tuned and check back for updates.

OpenStack Board of Directors Talks: Episode 3 with Randy Bias, Co-Founder & CTO at Cloudscaling

Rafael Knuth chats with Randy Bias about Cloudscaling, OpenStack, cloud technology, API compatibility, enterprise adoption of cloud technologies, Dell and more.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Janis Gengeris

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 21-28)

December 28th, 2012 — 3:19pm

Highlights of the week

Ceilometer bug squash day #1

What better way to start the new year? The Ceilometer team is pleased to announce that it organizes a bug squashing day on the Friday 4th January 2013. You can get started by reading how to contribute to Ceilometer, from updating the documentation, to fixing bugs. There’s a lot you can do. Good support for Ceilometer is built into Devstack, so installing a development platform is really easy.

Thinking about the mission of the user committeee

Narayan Desai started a discussion about the mission of OpenStack Foundation’s most important governing body: the User Committee. Any member of the OpenStack Foundation is welcome to chime in and help define the User Committee.

Resources for translators of documentation

A thread on the OpenStack Documentation mailing list lead to a summary post on how to get started translating OpenStack Manuals.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • John Bresnahan, Red Hat
  • Xing Yang, EMC

Bonus Video

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Dec 14-21)

December 21st, 2012 — 9:54am

Highlights of the week – Holiday edition

Happy holidays from the whole team at the OpenStack Foundation. We wish you a merry time to spend with your beloved ones.

DevStack on openSUSE, or how to quickly setup OpenStack on openSUSE

DevStack is a set of shell scripts to build complete OpenStack development environments. It is useful to create a small OpenStack environment that will be used for hacking, testing, etc. and is therefore primarily used for upstream development. Vincent Untz got DevStack to work on openSUSE.

Ten Useful Openstack Swift Features

Adrian Smith goes through some of the new features introduced in Swift 1.7.5 and their implication. If you want to learn about CORS support, Etag, Object versioning and other nice features read his post.

Introducing OpenStack Packstack

Derek Higgins developed a tool that is capable of installing OpenStack in a distributed environment using some of the most common configurations. Packstack can be used to transform Fedora 17/18, RHEL 6 or CentOS 6 servers into a functional Openstack Folsom deployment. The tool ssh’s onto each server and apply’s puppet manifests to set openstack up. On his blog post Derek outlines how to use his Packstack on Fedora 17.

A look at individual membership in the OpenStack Foundation

It’s no secret that I like numbers and charts. If you like them too, then David Fishman’s post is a must read for the holidays. Davide took a snapshot of the membership of the OpenStack Foundation using the publicly available data. Who are these people and what are their affiliations? What if anything does it say about the use and uptake of OpenStack cloud? What doesn’t it say? And, like any data, what other useful questions does it raise? Remember that the OpenStack Foundation elections are coming and the holidays may be a good time to get to know the candidates for the Board of Directors.

An Introduction To OpenStack

Martin Paulo introduced OpenStack to a new group of people. He collected and published his notes: I believe his work can be very useful for other OpenStack speakers.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Harika Vakadi, Persistent
  • Ben Andrews
  • Walter A. Boring IV, HP
  • Therese McHale, HP

Bonus Video

Overview of OpenStack and the OpenStack Foundation by Mark Collier:

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Nov 30 – Dic 14)

December 14th, 2012 — 4:24pm

Highlights of the weeks

What people talk about when they talk about OpenStack Cloud

There’s enough going on in the OpenStack ecosystem that you can pretty much find a comfortable niche drilling down on anything from hypervisor compatibility to driver support to who’s in the foundation. Mirantis’ David M. Fishman takes a step back and highlights recent conversations about OpenStack.

Welcome New Outreach Program for Women Interns

With a flurry of applications, we had a difficult decision in front of us, deciding who would be our newest mentored contributors through the GNOME Outreach Program for Women. All the applicants were enthusiastic and personable, knowledgeable and technical. We’re pleased to announce that the decisions have been made and these three are going to work on OpenStack full-time from January to March. Please welcome Laura, Anita and Victoria to the OpenStack community.

Making sense of SDN with–and without–HW-based networking in OpenStack Cloud

There’s a tremendous amount of talk about the shift in the networking business from hardware-bound networking to Software Defined Network. Mirantis’ Greg Elkinbard gives an overview of SDN in OpenStack world.

OpenStack Board of Directors Talks: Episode 1 with Rob Hirschfeld, Principal Cloud Architect at Dell

Learn firsthand about OpenStack, its challenges and opportunities, market adoption and Dell’s engagement in the community. Rafael Knuth’s goal is to interview all 24 members of the OpenStack board, and will post these talks sequentially at Dell TechCenter.

Security Advisories

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Pavel Kravchenko and Alexey Roytman, IBM
  • Boris Pavlovic
  • Cian O’Driscoll, HP
  • Mana Kaneko
  • Andrew Glen-Young, Canonical
  • zhoudongshu
  • Yufang Zhang
  • Qiang Guan, Netease
  • Rohan Rhishikesh Kanade, NTT Data

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Nov 16-30)

November 30th, 2012 — 9:49am

Highlights of the weeks

OpenStack Outreach Program for Women Still Accepting Candidates

We are constantly moving and growing and very excited to invite newcomers to our community. To this end, the OpenStack Foundation has joined the GNOME Outreach Program for Women. The Women in OpenStack group has already found some mentors for the program and ideas for projects are flowing in. If you know women that may be interested in joining OpenStack please tell them to read our blog post with more details. The deadline is approaching (Dec 3) and we still have place for candidates.

OpenStack Nova, Glance, Keystone, Cinder, Quantum and Horizon 2012.2.1 released

The OpenStack Stable Branch Maintainers Team has been busy selectively back-porting bugfixes to the stable/folsom branch according to our “safe source of high-impact fixes” criteria documented on the wiki page StableBranch. We’re happy to announce the 2012.2.1 release, the first in the series of releases to make available the bugfixes from stable/folsom. A total of 139 bugs have been fixed in this release, which is a higher than the usual volume of fixes in a stable release.

What to expect from Grizzly-1 milestone

The first milestone of the OpenStack Grizzly development cycle is just out. What should you expect from it? What significant new features were added? With more than 399 bugfixes landing in this milestone, Grizzly-1 contains already lots of new features. Thierry’s blog post adds details for what changed in each component.

Developing OpenStack Dashboard using Fedora

Many developers recommend using devstack to work on OpenStack. Matthias Runge doesn’t recommend that for Dashboard (Dan Berrange has an article providing more details). Good news is, at least for OpenStack’s dashboard, devstack is not required in any case, it just runs on plain Fedora. Matthias swears that the instructions provided for Fedora’s test day worked great, no rocket science and no engineering master required.

What DevStack does to your host when setting up OpenStack on Fedora 17

DevStack is one of those huge, massive scripts that requires super user access to your machine. Understanding what it does to your setup is pretty complex. Daniel P. Berrangé did most of the work for us investigating just what DevStack does to a Fedora 17 host when it is run. Fascinating read.

The Future of Incubation and Core

Mark McLoughlin summarizes quite well the ongoing discussion to define the future of Incubation nd Core. The OpenStack Technical Committee and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors have pretty separate sets of responsibilities and can get on with their work independently. One exception to that is the inclusion of new projects in OpenStack. In the coming weeks, members of the two bodies will decide how to clarify confusion around the term “core project” and what exactly happens projects who graduate through OpenStack’s Incubation process. A thread on the openstack-dev mailing list is ongoing and is a great example of how a mailing list discussion can actually help to drive a rough consensus while still giving everyone an opportunity to express their views.

Driving a 100 Gigabit Network with OpenStack

Argonne National Laboratory is interested in building IaaS cloud systems that perform similarly to traditional HPC cluster-style systems for one of their projects. Narayan Desai reports on the work to validate the ability of an Openstack system to drive large quantities of network bandwidth, memory to memory.

Go to Australia in January for an OpenStack day at LCA2013

Being held in January in Canberra, Australia, linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the southern hemisphere. Linux.conf.au’s first ever OpenStack miniconf day is being held Jan 29, and we expect over 200 people will be attending the miniconf alone, with hundreds more attending the week long conference. More information is available at http://lca2013.linux.org.au/wiki/Miniconfs/OpenStack and the CFP is open.

Security Advisories

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Yolanda Robla, Canonical
  • dekehn
  • Ken’ichi Ohmichi, NEC
  • Belmiro Moreira
  • Anita Kuno
  • Shrutiranade38
  • Morgan Fainber, Metacloud
  • Wangpan, Netease

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Nov 9-16)

November 16th, 2012 — 6:06pm

Highlights of the week

OpenStack Outreach Program for Women Accepting Candidates

OpenStack provides open source software for building public and private clouds. We are constantly moving and growing and very excited to invite newcomers to our community. To this end, the OpenStack Foundation has joined the GNOME Outreach Program for Women. Join the list of mentors, contribute ideas, apply as intern.

What’s new in libvirt for the OpenStack Nova Folsom release

Even if Folsom has been out for a while now, Daniel P. Berrangé provided a little more detail on some of the changes he was involved with making to the libvirt driver and what motivated them.

Why to refactor the virt disk API in Nova

When launching a virtual machine, Nova has the ability to inject various files into the disk image immediately prior to boot up. Nova runs as an unprivileged user, and the guest files to be changed are typically owned as root. This means all the file injection commands need to run via Nova’s rootwrap utility to gain root privileges. It should come as little surprise that this has already resulted in a security vulnerability / CVE against Nova. The solution to this class of security problems is to decouple the file injection code from the host filesystem. Read more on Daniel’s blog post.

Swift 1.7.5 Released

Swift 1.7.5 has been released. This release is the work of twenty-seven contributors and includes several important new features and bug fixes.

Making keystoneclient python library a little easier to work with

A quick guide to using the python keystoneclient library and some of its new features, with v2 API examples throughout.

Installing OpenStack Nova Compute on Hyper-V

A lot of work went on OpenStack and Hyper-V integration, with the result of bringing back Hyper-V in the Nova sources in time for the Folsom release. Get started with OpenStack and Hyper-V using the installer developed by Cloudbase Solutions.

Security Advisories

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Foundation News

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this month by:

  • Hendrik Volkmer, Cloudbau
  • Andrew Bogott, Wikimedia Foundation
  • Tim Daly, Jr, Yahoo! Inc
  • Darren Worrall

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Nov 2-9)

November 9th, 2012 — 10:22am

Highlights of the week

The future of Incubation and Core

Incubation is currently an OpenStack project status that grants a promising project more access to OpenStack shared resources, especially in the CI, release management and QA space. The level of maturity reached by OpenStack requires revising the concept of ‘Core project’ and the incubation process. Join the discussion and help the Technical Committee form an opinion for the Foundation’s Board.

OpenStack Keystone plans for the Grizzly release

Joe Heck published the plans for Keystone over the Grizzly release cycle. To read after going through the state of the project slides.

OpenStack Image Service – Grizzly Planning

The primary objective of Glance is to publish a catalog of virtual machine images. Rather than own users’ image data, Glance simply tracks where that data resides. Glance owns the metadata provided by users. Brian Waldon summarizes the plans for Glance over the Grizzly release cycle.

FOSDEM 2013: Cloud Devroom – Call for Participation

The organizers of the Cloud devroom at FOSDEM 2012 invite you to submit a session proposal. The purpose of this devroom is to serve as a meeting point for cloud infrastructure projects, including a unique opportunity for discussion and collaboration between developers from different projects. This devroom will be focused on open source cloud infrastructure projects.

Call For Presentations at Linux.Conf Australia – OpenStack MiniConf day

Being held in January in Canberra, Australia, linux.conf.au is one of the foremost open source conferences in the world, and is considered the most prestigious in the southern hemisphere. Linux.conf.au’s first ever OpenStack miniconf day is being held Jan 29, and the Call for Presentations is now open.

Security Advisors

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this month by:

  • Yuan Zhou, Intel
  • Nicolas Simonds, Metacloud
  • Rushi Agrawal
  • Malini Bhandaru, Intel

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