FOSDEM 2014 is over and it was a great event for OpenStack in Europe. We had a booth wonderfully staffed by Association des Utilisateurs Francophones d’OpenStack, distributed lots of gratis tshirts, flyers, met hackers with lots interesting questions about using OpenStack and developing it. Thierry Carrez spoke twice, about the burgeoning OpenStack jobs market and about the super infrastructure powering our development process. The most common reaction was: “i had no idea OpenStack was so big”. There were lots of other talks about OpenStack-related projects, too. We’ll keep going to Bruxelles and advocating FOSDEM organizers to find always bigger rooms.
I love reporting back from events where we grow our inclusive contributor base! On the Saturday after the Grace Hopper Conference, four of us ran a workshop to onboard future OpenStack contributors. Grace Hopper is a celebration of women in computing and over 4500 women attended the conference this year, showing great growth over the years. Iccha Sethi came up with the idea way back in April and we organized our workshop in the months leading up to the event. This year is the first year I’ve ever attended such a conference and I really enjoyed the experience, writing about it on the Rackspace developer blog.
Here is a photo of our group of merry patch-makers:
There were a dozen open source projects there for 200 participants total. For OpenStack, Rackers Iccha Sethi, Jessica Lucci, Ashwini Shukla and I all served as technical support to the ten people who participated. For starters, Iccha presented about OpenStack, using the great decks from openstack.org/marketing. Next, we ran through introductions and a short icebreaker activity where we did a cloud simulation activity. Everyone enjoyed acting like cloud servers passing red Rackspace squishy balls like they were files on a network.
Then we settled into our laptops for the main workshop, getting DevStack running on a bunch of Rackspace Cloud Servers and working on a first patch! By the end of the day, we had two new patches up for Glance, the Image Service project. We would have had a few more patches in if mid-afternoon flights hadn’t got in the way. Here are two of our happy patchers:
We also had Susan Lauber in our group, who is one of the first OpenStack trainers ready to give OpenStack training through RedHat. The Foundation sent OpenStack stickers and the newest OpenStack t-shirts which flew off the tables! It was so great to see so many women working together on OpenStack. I’m looking forward to the OpenStack Summit where we can see even more people in person. If you’re attending the Summit in Hong Kong please save the date for the next Women of OpenStack gathering – Monday, November 4, 5pm-7pm. Details will be shared soon to all Summit registrants.
The conference and open source day was full of recruiting opportunities for the GNOME Outreach Program for Women. I’ve been inviting OpenStack organizations to sponsor an intern, and I wanted to also ask through this blog. If you’d like to get involved with the Outreach Program for Women, there are two opportunities that come to mind immediately. We have some mentors in mind but always want good ideas from mentors for projects that an intern could complete in 3 months. Also, each internship spot is sponsored at $5750 twice a year. If you’d like to donate, please go to http://gnome.org/opw/ and click on Become a sponsor! Let the admins know by October 10th if you are interested in joining the program.
The Venezuelan OpenStack community had its first full day meeting on August 24 in Caracas and it was a big success. Nelson Perez, gave a general introduction to virtualization talking about what it is, why it’s useful and finally an overview of hypervisors. Enrique Femin then talked about cloud computing giving general definitions, principles and types. Finally, Ender Mujica presented one introduction to OpenStack: What is it? How to use it, its history, the community, developers and members, and of course an overview of OpenStack’s architecture, components and services.
Lunch was followed by 3 live demonstrations. Ender Mujica presented a installation from scratch on Ubuntu 12.04 using all the component with Neutron and Cinder. He also showed some functions of the dashboard, like how to launch virtual machines with network, how to create a volume and attach it to a VM.
Reinaldo Martinez presented an installation on Centos 6 and Debian 7 and some details about the other functions like namespaces, dhcp, how to create networks, load balancing with 3 web servers on VM, glance with swift and with LVM, horizon and the command line tools and more.
The intensely technical day was followed by appetizers, soft drinks, water, beers, some awesome mugs and OpenStack stickers.
The Hong Kong OpenStack User Group 2nd Workshop: ‘Learn how to deploy a 3D Virtual World on OpenStack Cloud’ has been successfully organized by the Hong Kong Cyberport and Hong Kong OpenStack User Group (HKOSUG) at Cyberport Campus on 5 July 2013. We took the unprecedented step of focusing the OpenStack workshop in digital entertainment.
This was a short rapid paced workshop where participants installed and used the OpenStack to practice creating and using a distributed computing approach for collectives of global small business and small artist collaborations. The OpenSim 3d virtual world server was presented as a working example for the workshop. Participants were able to share a collective cloud and demonstrated how shared clouds could be set up to be distributed computing nodes for the development of digital entertainments.
The lecturer, Todd Cochrane is a software developer in research and for art, and Senior Lecturer in the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Participants were coming from different domains, ICT startups, university students, Telecommunication companies and Rackspace Hong Kong.
Bruce Lok and Raymond Chan, the Coordinators of HKOSUG and the Team in Cyberport who initiated and established the first HKOSUG, are dedicated to promote and drive the cloud adoption to the ICT industry in Hong Kong. Bruce finally introduced the upcoming event of OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong and encourage participants to join and share their innovative ideas on OpenStack during the Summit.
Finally the feedback has been good, it was really worth it as the ideas shared from participants were useful for our further planning on OpenStack workshop in Hong Kong.
Following the success of the first Vietnam OpenStack Community (VietOpenStack) meetup, the second meeting has been held at Marcel Dassault amphitheater, Francophone Institute for Informatics (IFI-VNU) on 4th January, 2013. There were approx. 50 people attending this event. We warmly welcomed:
- Representatives from IT Business Management level: Mr. Nguyen Huc Quoc – Director of e-government center, Department of Information and Technology, Ministry of Information and Technology, Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang – Chairman of Vietnam Free and Open Source Software Association (VFOSSA), Mr. Nguyen The Trung – Managing Director of DTT Technology Group (DTT), Mr. Do Hoang Khanh – Former CTO of Citibank Global, a senior expert on IT of DTT, Mr. Tran Luong Son – Director of Vietsoftware, Mr. Le Phuoc Thanh – Managing Director of VidaGis…
- Representatives from ICT companies: Vietsoftware, Netnam, iWay, VidaGis, Viami Software, DTT …
- Members of VietOpenStack start-up team: Translation sub-team, Technical sub-team…
- Teachers and students from technology university: Francophone Institute for Informatics (VNU-IFI), Hanoi University of Industry (HaIU), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)…
The 2nd VietOpenStack meetup took place in a friendly, enthusiastic and full-of-energy atmosphere and the “Open” spirit was clearly shown in every presentation and discussion of the participants. Starting the show, Mr. Nguyen The Trung, Managing Director of DTT introduced the agenda of VietOpenStack Meetup 2 and special guests.
Main contents of 2nd Meeting include:
- OpenStack Demo
- Translation of OpenStack Documents
- OpenStack experience sharing of an IT expert
- Q&A and future plan
1. OpenStack Demo
Mr. Nguyen Thanh Hai from Netnam introduced his company as one of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) company providing internet and network services. He then conducted a demonstration on OpenStack installing model.
2. Discussion on OpenStack Translation
Ms. Le Phuong Nga, member of OpenStack Translation team from DTT, started her presentation by introducing all members of the OpenStack translation and reviewing teams. She then briefed on recent team activities and translation progress in which Vietnam has completed 9% of the translation work. She also raised some translated related issues while her team doing the translation to the community, such as difficulty in getting the translated work reviewed by the reviewing team.
3. OpenStack experience from a senior IT expert
Mr. Do Hoang Khanh, former CTO of CitiBank Global and a 30 year experience IT consultant of DTT Technology Group, is a person who is passionate about open source movement. He also attended the OpenStack Summit last October in San Diego. He shared with the participants his personal experiences and knowledge on OpenStack. What a touching presentation he has given for this meetup event!
4. Q&A and future plan
Although there were some questions and answers during the whole meeting, group discussion really started when beers and snacks, sponsored by DTT, were served to the attendants. People drank and shared more openly on OpenStack and opportunities it could bring to ICT companies in Vietnam. Everyone was eager for the next meetup, which is tentatively to be held in Ho Chi Minh city. And yes, discussion for Meeting 3 is on the mailing list now. It will be announced very soon
We especially thank Mr. Nguyen Hong Quang, Chairman of VFOSSA and his team for being so supportive in organizing the meetup place. Great hospitalities has made to the success of VietOpenStack Meeting 2.
5. VietOpenStack contact details:
- Group Mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web address: https://groups.google.com/d/forum/vietnam-openstack?hl=vi
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VietOpenStack
- Coordinator: Hang Tran (email@example.com)
Highlights of the week
Coverage of OpenStack Summit
This was a busy week for all of OpenStack members. A few reports from the community:
- OpenStack Summit: Day 1
- OpenStack Summit Day 1 Blog
- A list of announcements from day 1
- From the Ground at the OpenStack Summit
- Keynotes Recap from Day 2: OpenStack in production
- Keynote Recap, Day 2: Why We Do What We Do
- OpenStack Summit Day 2 Blog
- OpenStack Summit Day 3 Blog
- OpenStack Summit Closing Thoughts
The story of OpenStack community’s collaboration at the Design Summit to make better clouds as told by Alex Glikson, leading a research group at IBM Haifa Research Lab.
OpenStack uses Transifex to manage translations. OpenStack Manuals are in DocBook format. We slice the documents into short statements, then use Transifex to manage the translation process, and finally converge the translated content into a new copy of DocBook, which will used to generate HTML and PDF versions. The easiest way to contribute to OpenStack is to start by translating the manuals. Getting started is super easy.
Tips and tricks
- By Citrix: Upload custom images to a XenServer powered OpenStack Cloud
- By Mirantis: Integrating OpenStack Cloud Nova Volume storage with Isilon
- By Chmouel: Emacs and nosetests
- By Alessio Ababilov: OpenStack EPEL: the Dependency Purgatory
- Swiss OpenStack user group meeting Nov 15, 2012 – Zürich, CH
- As Nimbula joins OpenStack, a look at their cloud orchestration
- Introducing the Rackspace Developer Relations Group and open cloud SDKs
- How to Make Money on OpenStack | The Presentation Deck
- To get OpenStack Cloud, get this: developers want Serverless Computing
- OpenStack Foundation Board Meeting: summary from Executive Director
Soundtrack of the week
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