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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Feb 1 – 8)

February 8th, 2013 — 5:52pm

Highlights of the week

Best way to brag about contributing to Grizzly?

Contributors to OpenStack Folsom received a nice patch to stick on something you carry every day like a backpack or your favorite sweater. Would you like to get a patch for Grizzly, too? Would you rather get something else to brag about your ‘Contributor’ status? Let us know your preferences.

Packstack: Openstack Install tool

There is a new tool that installs Openstack either on bare metal or Vms: it can be found on github under the fedora-openstack organization. Packstack is currently in its first ages and still under heavy development but, it’s already capable of installing, customize some parameters and distribute most of the Openstack modules on a single server or several as well. It currently supports Red Hat based distros but there’s space for more.

Testing (OpenStack)

Anita Kuno, one of our awesome intern of OPW program, tells the tales common to new developers learning about OpenStack developer’s community. In this new installation she tells us how she had to run some tests in /opt/stack/nova and every command failed. Why? She didn’t know. But now she does.

Cloud Prizefight: OpenStack vs. VMware

There have been many discussions in the cloud landscape comparing VMware and OpenStack. In fact, it’s one of the most popular topics among those thinking about using OpenStack. Mirantis’ Lee Xie judged the two in the following categories: design, features, use cases, and value. The categories are scored on a 10-point scale and then tallied to determine the winner.

In a nutshell: How Does OpenStack work?

Victoria Martínez de la Cruz, another awesome intern of OPW program, uses pictures and words to explain in a blog post how OpenStack works.

Security Advisories

Tips and Tricks

Upcoming Events

Reports From Past Events

Other News

Welcome New Contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Kurt Martin, HP
  • Svetlana Shturm, Mirantis
  • Mitsuhiko Yamazaki, NEC
  • Andrea Frittoli, HP
  • James Morgan, Rackspace
  • Jesse Pretorius
  • Nathan Reller, JHU APL
  • Rami Vaknin, Redhat

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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 (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 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 (Oct 19-26)

October 26th, 2012 — 12:24pm

Highlights of the week

More coverage of OpenStack Summit

We’ve all been catching some air this week, it seems. Some more reports from the community:

Inside Synaps, a CloudWatch-like implementation for OpenStack

A few days ago, Samsung released the source code of Synaps, an implementation of the Amazon Web Service CloudWatch API for OpenStack. Julien Danjou, a contributor to the Ceilometer project, gives a look at this project and how it could overlap with Ceilometer or other projects like Heat.

Why OpenStack doesn’t need a Linus Torvalds

As comparing OpenStack with Linux becomes an increasingly popular exercise, it’s only natural that people and press articles start to ask where the Linus of OpenStack is, or who the Linus of OpenStack should be. This assumes that technical leaders could somehow be appointed in OpenStack. This assumes that the single dictator model is somehow reproducible or even desirable. And this assumes that the current technical leadership in OpenStack is somehow lacking. Thierry Carrez thinks all those three assumptions are wrong.

Preauthorization in Keystone

Sometimes you need to authorize a service to perform an action on your behalf. Often, that action takes place long after any authentication token you can provide would have expired.  Currently, the only mechanism in Keystone that people can use is to share credentials. Adam Young argues: We can do better.

New wiki page: Software Development Kits

SDKs are a vital part of any ecosystem and we need to start treating them as such in OpenStack. To do so we need to raise the profile and legitimacy of SDKs that support OpenStack.

Heat version 7 released

Heat allows you to launch AWS CloudFormation templates on OpenStack. CloudFormation is a programmable interface and templating system for orchestrating multiple cloud applications. This version adds an OpenStack-native ReST API.

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Sep 28-Oct 5)

October 5th, 2012 — 5:53pm

Highlights of the week

Full steam towards the OpenStack Summit Fall 2012

Whether you want to build the software, run it, grow the community or just learn more about it, there will be content, workshops and design sessions for you to attend at the OpenStack Summit, Oct 15-18 in San Diego. Registration still open, and the agenda (almost) complete. Stick around Friday for the first OpenStack service day, a 1/2 day beach cleanup.

Contributing OpenStack Support to jclouds

jclouds is a popular cross-cloud toolkit that covers an impressive number of public and private cloud providers. There are lots of advantages for both projects to help each other. Read the article Everett Toews wrote to get started contributing OpenStack support to jclouds.

Tracking OpenStack adoption / Discussion at Summit

One of the objectives of the OpenStack Foundation is to “Make OpenStack the ubiquitous cloud operating system”. In order to reach that objective the Foundation needs to understand more about the usage of the OpenStack software. OpenStack distributions are requested to participate in this conversation at the OpenStack Design Summit.

Providing a Unified View of OpenStack Projects

Want to find answers to questions like: who’s contributing to that particular feature of OpenStack? What is that developer working on? How many work hours/lines of code went into adding that feature/blueprint? What are users saying about OpenStack? Watch the recordings of the webinar and provide feedback answering the four simple questions in the survey. Don’t miss the talk on Wednesday, October 17 in San Diego.

Security Advisory

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Aug 31-Sep 7)

September 7th, 2012 — 5:00pm

Highlights of the week

New OpenStack Foundation Gold Members: Intel, VmWare, NEC

Today, the OpenStack Board of Directors approved the applications of three companies wishing to become Gold Members: Intel, NEC and VMware. The factors considered by the Board included a commitment to helping achieve the OpenStack Foundation Mission through demonstrated and potential contribution to the OpenStack community in terms of code, adoption into product roadmaps, adoption as an end user, geographic and industry diversity and community development efforts. Join us to welcome them to the Foundation.

Session proposals for the Design Summit now open

Differently from previous OpenStack Design Summit and Confernece, this time the “Design Summit” is a specific track in the overall “OpenStack Summit” event. It is different from other tracks, too. Please make sure to read the full announcement and help make this summit the best Design Summit ever.

Caimito 0.9 – WebDAV frontend efor OpnStack Swift Cloud Storage

Caimito is an open source (Apache Software License 2.0) WebDAV,caching, and content management and delivery server frontend for cloud storage. Caimito supports Openstack Swift Storage (Rackspace, Softlayer, etc.), and Amazon S3. Caimito also features a REST API in addition to the Web interface for configuring user access. Caimito is designed with an event-driven and non-blocking architecture for Scalability. Caimito is ideal for Hosting and Reseller environments.

Quantum vs. Nova-network in Folsom

tl;dr both Quantum and nova-network will be core and fully supported in Folsom. More details from Quantum and Nova PTLs on Quantum vs. Nova-network in Folsom.

OpenStack, Xen and XenServer: a match made in Heaven!

A report from John Garbutt, back from XenSummit in San Diego.  There was lots of OpenStack related news in many of the CloudOpen sessions, including the announcement from SUSE that they have an OpenStack distribution that supports Xen.

XCP-XAPI on Precise

The Citrix-Openstack team is already running automated OpenStack tests against the stable, and the latest XenServer. As the XCP-XAPI is already available for Ubuntu systems, the team plans to run the tests against that platform as well.

Register now for OpenStack Summit in San Diego

The OpenStack room rate is now sold out at the Grand Hyatt. We’ve set up another room block at the Embassy Suites located across the street. Reserve a room at the OpenStack rate.

Security announcements

Tips and tricks

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Matthew Treinish, IBM
  • lrqrun, Sina
  • Constantine Peresypkin, Litestack
  • jiangwt100, Sina
  • John Dunning
  • Duncan Thomas
  • Brian Rosmaita, Rackspace
  • Rosario Di Somma, Dreamhost
  • Peng Yuwei, Sina
  • Mathew Odden, IBM
  • Ian Wells, Cisco
  • Dermot Tynan, HP
  • Dongdong Zhou
  • Andrew James, HP
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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (June 8-15)

June 15th, 2012 — 4:09pm

OpenStack Community Newsletter — June 15

Highlights of the week

Announcing OpenStack Asia/Pacific Conference 2012

The OpenStack Asia/Pacific community is hosting a large OpenStack conference on August 10th and 11th, with a main venue in Bejing and a remote participation in Shanghai, hosted by the Chinese OpenStack User Group (COSUG) and CSDN, supervised by CSIP.

Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities in the area can browse the sponsorship prospectus and pick the best options for their budget.

Speakers are welcome to submit their speaking proposal, also in English. If you want to help with the organization of the event you can still join the OpenStack APEC community group.

Meeting To Discuss Next OpenStack Conference And Summit

All people interested in the next OpenStack Summit and Conference, especially former sponsors and coordinators of tracks in past events, are invited to register for the meeting OpenStack Summit & Conference Fall 2012 Planning,  next Tuesday, June 19 at 10:00 AM CDT. It will be the right time and place to discuss the challenges faced as the events have grown, and potential changes to the format to address them going forward.

LVM disks support in OpenStack Nova Folsom

GridDynamics implemented LVM disk support functionality (based on previous work for Diablo) and successfully delivered it to upstream.

New LVM image backend can be enabled by setting libvirt_images_type flag to value lvm.For more information on this functionality you can consult the blueprint and review code changes here.

swift.common.client library and swift CLI moved to a new home

In order to improve code manageability and consistency across all OpenStack projects, swift.common.client and the bin/swift CLI moved to a separate repository https://github.com/openstack/python-swiftclient

This should be compatible with swift.common.client with only difference being to import swiftclient instead of importing swift.common.client. Send bugs/feature request under the swift project in launchpad https://bugs.launchpad.net/swift/+filebug using the tag python-swiftclient.

Keystone v3 API draft (update and questions to the community)

Joe Heck reporting on the progress for the new API and asking feedback to the community. Join the discussion on Keystone v3 API draft.

Call for testing : nova, glance, keystone and horizon 2012.1.1 tarballs

Mark McLoughlin is ready to release an update to OpenStack Stable branch with over 60 bug fixes since the release in April.

Welcome RHEL/CentOS/Fedora to docland!

Anne Gentle pushed a couple of changes to the docs landing page and added a brand new install/deploy guide for RHEL, CentOS, and Fedora. Comments are now enabled by default on each page and there are now two guides to install OpenStack from scratch: one for Debian/Ubuntu systems (apt) and one for RedHat/Fedora/CentOS (yum).

Upcoming Events

Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Boris Filippov, GridDynamics
  • Eric Harney
  • Deevi Lalitha, Persistent Systems
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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (May 25 – June 1)

June 1st, 2012 — 6:15pm

OpenStack Community Newsletter — May 25

Highlights of the week

Mark your calendars: Bug triage day on June 7th

Short on the heels of folsom-1 publication and the upcoming Swift 1.5.0 release, it sounds like a good moment to spend some time sanitizing the bug databases for OpenStack projects. This can be achieved by completing the tasks described on the BugTriage page.

How to setup and use the OpenStack VNC console

Yong Sheng Gong reports on how to use the Virtual Network Computing (VNC) in Nova. VNC is a very convenient tool for end user to access the VMs by GUI.  Nova provides two kinds of VNC proxies: noVNC and nova-xvpvncproxy.

Want to install OpenStack Swift? Here’s how to do it!

Martin Loschwitz took some time to update the OpenStack installation guide.The guide covers SQL-backed Keystone and VNC support in the Dashboard now. And: It explains how to install OpenStack Swift now, too! If you want to install Swift and need a step-by-step howto, then this is what you are looking for.

Caimito – WebDAV frontend for OpenStack Swift Cloud Storage

Caimito is now on github: https://github.com/ngasiproj/caimito

 OpenStack’s Jenkins Job Filler

Andrew Hutchings describes the new tool to manage OpenStack’s Jenkins server, with its ~300 jobs. Jenkins Job Filler is the solution developed by the CI team to keep the jobs under control.

New git-based jenkins jobs and pre-approval check jobs

Monty Taylor announced that now we have the basic jobs for all of the projects (except Horizon) applied to jenkins based on some scripts and some yaml files that are in a git repo.anybody could conceivably do some hacking and submit a change to gerrit, instead of the current status quo which is that you have to be a jenkins admin to touch anything. Also the CI team is now running merge checks, pep8 checks and unittest jobs on the patch-uploaded event and reporting the results into the code review so that people can skip code reviewing patches that don’t work yet.

Work in progress on Openstack provider for Juju

Robbie Williamson reported work in progress to add an OpenStack API provider to complement the existing set of EC2 and LXC (local dev) providers.

Nodejs in horizon? Not at the moment

A long discussion on the mailing list about adding dependencies to the project, picking the best tools for the job, the Not Invented Here and Reinventing The Wheel syndrome. A very good read. The community of developers agreed taht we will work to make node.js an optional build time component and leave it as an distro packaging issue. Node.js was being evaluated as a potential solution to https://blueprints.launchpad.net/horizon/+spec/realtime-communication, but that blueprint isn’t targeted for Folsom, so it’s very future. There will be time to evaluate python based alternatives.

A good list of opportunites for Industry Conferences & Sponsorship  on OpenStack Events Update

And the next OpenStack Conference and Summit on October 16-20 (destination TBD).

Facebook for Social Support? I like.

Anne Gentle reports about the experience of using the Facebook group for people to ask questions specific to TryStack. Checkout the video

Reports from past OpenStack events

Upcoming Events

 Other news

Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

  • Aaron Rosen, Nicira
  • Florian Haas, Hastexo

 

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