Open Mic Spotlight: Lucas Gomes

lucasgomes_headshotThis post is part of the OpenStack Open Mic series to spotlight the people who have helped make OpenStack successful. Each week, a new contributor will step up to the mic and answer five questions about OpenStack, cloud, careers and what they do for fun. If you’re interested in being featured, please choose five questions from this form and submit!

Lucas works for Red Hat on the OpenStack Ironic project as a core developer. He was born in Brazil, but currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. When not playing with computers he likes traveling, hiking and reading fantasy books.

1. How would you explain your job to your grandmother?

Well… I can definitely try.

Grandma, let’s think for a moment that you’re a computer, a special type of computer… you’re a computer that make cakes and today you’re going to try a new cake recipe written by me.

My job is to write that cake recipe, and for that I start by listing out all the ingredients that my cake needs. Then, below that, I write a step-by-step guide that tells you what to do with those ingredients: mix, mash, stir, bake, etc…when I’m finished, I’m going to hand my new recipe to you (the computer) and you’re going to follow the instructions to make me a cake.

I think that might work.

2. What new OpenStack projects do you think will have a significant impact on the cloud market in the next year?

I would say TripleO. In my opinion, one of the biggest hurdles to OpenStack adoption is how difficult it is to install and configure it. TripleO is here to solve that problem, but it goes beyond. It’s also about upgrades, continuous integration, deployment and a reference architecture. I think that having a fully integrated, upstream way to install, upgrade and operate OpenStack will make a big impact.

3. What does “open source” mean to you?

For me, open source is the right thing to do. It gives you access to a community that is working towards a common goal and not wasting time reinventing the wheel. So, the open source methodology just works, and works better.

4. Where is your favorite place to code? In the office, at a local coffee shop, in bed?

I quite enjoy working from home and I think I’m more productive because of the lack of interruptions. But I also like the fact that once per week I can get to meet with other Red Hat folks in the Dublin office to socialize and to learn a tad more about what everyone is currently working on.

5. What publications, blogs, mailing lists, etc do you read every day?

The openstack-dev mail-list. For the rest I mostly use Google Plus. It’s nicely integrated with my email interface, so I pretty much rely on following the right people that are relevant to the areas I care about.


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