Doc Plans for Upcoming OpenStack Releases

I’m supposed to be strategic about documentation and well, I have to say I feel a bit behind in creating specs for documentation for the upcoming OpenStack releases. Much spec planning went on at the Summit, but I was so focused on the Doc Sprint that I didn’t set any concrete doc plans for Bexar and Cactus releases. I’d like to amend that and get input from everyone in the community and beyond. Here are some ideas that go into a single blueprint for documentation. I’d love to get feedback on these plans and specifications, which we can edit on the wiki.

1. Docs site – OpenStack needs a central docs.openstack.org site that curates the content from various other sources and gives a good user experience upon landing on it. My goal is to implement this in time for Bexar (February).

2. Official docs – OpenStack needs a way to indicate that a page or site as “official OpenStack documentation” meaning that it is as accurate as we can get it and the procedures have been tested. Again I’d mark this for Bexar.

3. Versioning documentation – We are taking small steps towards a frozen release page/site. For example, you should be able to go to http://swift.openstack.org/1.0/ and get a frozen-in-time site with the developer documentation from the 1.0 release. We can get this done in time for Bexar.

4. Man pages – We need man pages created for nova-manage, nova-compute, and nova-networking. The nova-manage man page is now in the builds but needs editing. It is sourced in doc/source/man from RST files and gets built with the Sphinx docs. This could be done for Bexar.

5. Tutorials – Now that we have virtual boxes and stack on a stick in progress, we need tutorials that are meaningful and simple enough to step through while still giving an impressive demonstration of the power of OpenStack clouds. Here are some ideas for tutorials:

  1. Create a LAMP stack for a web application like WordPress – demonstrate connectivity between virtual machines, describe how to scale as your blog gets super popular (hey, we can dream, right?)
  2. Build your own CDN to serve video content
  3. Academic calculations where you spin up 10 machines for a Mathematica project only for a day or so
  4. Create a news reader application using AMPQ/RabbitMQ

I think we could have one solid, tested tutorial done in time for Bexar with the remaining set for the Cactus release. Any thoughts on how to prioritize these tutorials? Which would be in highest demand?

6. Glance docs – With the Glance implementation still ongoing for Bexar, we need to plan for install and integration docs with the Bexar release.

Let me know your priorities for upcoming releases and we’ll update the specs for the encapsulating blueprint for docs work. The Docs site is the biggest item needing design and architecture, so I’d welcome input and ideas with a heavy weighting towards “Docs site!”

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (November 20 – 26)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – November 26, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (11/19 – 11/25)

  • Coming next week:  All weekly data available on single spreadsheet with chart for each measurement
  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 81 tweets; 69 re-tweets; all OpenStack total tweets 250
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  108 Tracked Bugs; 44 New Bugs; 6 In-process Bugs;  2 Critical Bugs; 12 High Importance Bugs; 0  Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  133 Blueprints; 5 Essential, 20 High, 13 Medium, 8 Low, 87 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week: 7,467 Visits, 24,566 Pageviews, 50.62% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 30.98%; /projects 6.19%; /projects/compute 9.03%; /projects/storage 6.18%; /NovaInstall 4.39%

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OpenStack Design Summit Event Page Launched

Two weeks ago, the OpenStack community gathered in San Antonio, TX for our first public Design Summit event sponsored by Rackspace. Over 250 attendees from 90 companies and 12 countries spent 4 days planning for the next two product releases as well as providing business development executives a chance to network and collaborate on the OpenStack ecosystem. To ensure that all community members who could not attend are given the opportunity to learn from this event, we have created a new website with all the speakers slides and videos from the General Sessions and Business Track as well as links to the Technical Track overview discussions which were recorded on Etherpad. You can access this site at http://openstack.org/events/openstack-design-summit-2010/.

Also, as the OpenStack community continues to grow, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet a community member at an event near you. To better inform you of upcoming events, we have created a new events page listing events with OpenStack speakers as well as previous events with slides (and videos) from those presentations: http://openstack.org/events/.

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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (November 13 – 19)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – November 19, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

Design Summit Overview Video

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (11/12 – 11/18)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 127 tweets; 131 re-tweets; all 839 OpenStack total tweets
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  87 Tracked Bugs; 35 New Bugs; 7 In-process Bugs;  2 Critical Bugs;  11 High Importance Bugs;  17 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  134 Blueprints; 3 Essential, 11 High, 15 Medium, 6 Low, 99 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week:  8,607 Visits, 30,509 Pageviews, 52.86% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 28.84%; /projects 5.62%; /projects/compute 8.48%; /projects/storage 5.64%; /NovaInstall 4.20%

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OpenStack Plans Next Two Cloud Platform Releases at First Public Design Summit

OpenStack™, an open source cloud project with broad developer and commercial support, completed its first public Design Summit last week, which attracted more than 250 people from 90 companies and 14 countries to plan the next two releases, code-named ‘Bexar’ and ‘Cactus.’ Taking place at the Weston Centre in San Antonio, Texas, the four-day event was hosted by Rackspace® Hosting, a founding member of the open source project.

The OpenStack Design Summit featured two separate tracks, one consisting of developer-led sessions to plan the next two code releases, and one for interested users and the partner ecosystem to discuss deployment and commercial opportunities. The Summit also featured an ‘InstallFest,’ where attendees were able to test and document the installation process on a live, on-site environment provided by Dell and powered by the company’s PowerEdge C server line.

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OpenStack Austin Release Award Winners

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 Community Roundup

This blog post is an attempt to gather all the information posted about the event including other blog posts, pictures, videos, etc. If you have something not listed on this page please add it to the comments or send me the information and I will update this blog posting.

BLOGS

Rob Hirschfeld

* http://robhirschfeld.com/2010/11/10/openstack-bexar-design-summit-day-1/

* http://robhirschfeld.com/2010/11/11/openstack-day-2/

Rick Clark

* http://dendrobates.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/a-question-about-openstack/

Tim Gaylean

* http://www.h1tman.com/2010/11/2010-openstack-summit-san-antonio-tx/

Itai Frenkel

* http://blog.gigaspaces.com/2010/11/14/one-more-day-with-the-stackers/ (English)

* http://blog.gigaspaces.com/2010/11/12/openstack-summit-notes

* http://www.newsgeek.co.il/open-stack-con-2010/ (Hebrew)

* Watch www.grid.org.il for future OpenStack talks in Israel

Programmer Thoughts

* http://programmerthoughts.com/programming/features-i-would-like-to-see-in-swift/

JB George

* http://jbgeorge.net/2010/11/10/openstack-design-summit-day-1-review/

* http://jbgeorge.net/2010/11/11/openstack-design-summit-day-2-review/

The Loose Couple’s Blog

* http://blog.theloosecouple.com/2010/11/14/decking-the-stack/

SMEStorage Blog

* http://smestorage.com/blog/?p=1158

Rhonabwy

* http://www.rhonabwy.com/wp/2010/11/13/nearly-at-the-top-of-that-first-hill/

DataCave

* http://www.thedatacave.com/openstack-a-game-changer-for-the-cloud

VIDEOS

Developer Interviews with Stephen Spector

* http://vimeo.com/user5231339/videos

Zenoss Video Interview with Stephen Spector

* http://community.zenoss.org/blogs/zenossblog/2010/11/11/building-the-open-cloud-with-openstack

Barton’s Blog Video Interview

* Chris Kemp, NASA; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/10/talking-to-nasa-cto-about-openstack-cloud-platform/

* David Lempher, PWC; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/12/pwcs-cloud-man-bullish-on-openstack/

* Gordon Mangione, Citrix; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/12/citrix-all-in-when-it-comes-to-openstack/

* Graziano Obertell, Eucalyptus; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/11/chatting-with-eucalyptus-co-founder-about-openstack/

* Rick Clark, OpenStack; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/11/talking-to-openstack-chief-architect-rick-clark/

* Joe Tobolski, Accenture; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/10/accentures-thoughts-on-the-openstack-cloud-platform/

* PowerEdge C powers OpenStack Install Fest; http://bartongeorge.net/2010/11/10/poweredge-c-powers-openstack-install-fest/

PICTURES

Collection of #openstack images from the web – http://hashalbum.com/openstack?page=1

OpenStack Flickr account – http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/

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OpenStack Design Summit – Developer Interviews

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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OpenStack Weekly Newsletter (November 6 – 12)

OpenStack Community Newsletter – November 12, 2010

This weekly newsletter is a way for the community to learn about all the various activities occurring on a weekly basis. If you would like to add content to a weekly update or have an idea about this newsletter, please email [email protected].

2010 OpenStack Bexar Summt
Design Summit

HIGHLIGHTS

EVENTS

DEVELOPER COMMUNITY

GENERAL COMMUNITY

COMMUNITY STATISTICS (11/5 – 11/11)

  • Twitter Stats for Week:  #openstack 570 tweets; 380 re-tweets; all OpenStack total tweets 1247
  • Bugs Stats for Week:  77 Tracked Bugs; 36 New Bugs; 3 In-process Bugs; 2 Critical Bugs; 10 High Importance Bugs; 15 Bugs (Fix Completed)
  • Blueprints Stats for Week:  133 Blueprints; 1 Essential, 2 High, 15 Medium, 4 Low, 112 Undefined
  • OpenStack Website Stats for Week: 2,436 Visits, 9,662 Pageviews, 46.92% New Visits
    • Top 5 Pages: Home 25.92%; /projects 4.32%; /projects/compute 6.44%; /projects/storage 4.32%; /NovaInstall 3.87%

OPENSTACK IN THE NEWS

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OpenStack Design Summit Day 3

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Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio visits the OpenStack Design Summit Lounge

Plenty of activity today at the Design Summit as the Document Sprint got underway as well as completion of the final blueprint discussions in the technical track. There were also plenty of new blog postings on the summit to share:

Rob Hirschfeld – http://robhirschfeld.com/2010/11/11/openstack-day-2/
Between partnering meetings, I bounced through a biz and tech sessions during Day 2 of the OpenStack conference (day 1 notes). After my wordy impression summary, I’m including some succinct impressions, pictures, and copies of presentations by my Dell team-mate Greg Althaus.

Programmer Thoughts – http://programmerthoughts.com/programming/features-i-would-like-to-see-in-swift/
Swift is a great way to store large amounts of data cheaply. This week I’m at the OpenStack design summit, and I’ve been thinking of features I would like to see added to swift.

JB George – http://jbgeorge.net/
Another great day at the OpenStack Design Summit in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.
Here are some of the highlights:

* A lot of great business and technical discussions including details around the upcoming Bexar release. Important discussions around brand, trademarking, governance, and use cases.

DataCave – http://www.thedatacave.com/cloud/openstack-a-game-changer-for-the-cloud
When the OpenStack framework was announced a few months ago, a lot of opinion was spread regarding its mission and viability. Until that point, cloud software had, for the most part, been proprietary closed-source options available only as a service. While open-source options, like Eucalyptus, were already available to provide software to build your own cloud – the OpenStack project was more of a holistic project – initiated by Rackspace – as a community project to rally around build-your-own-cloud.

Zenoss Blog – http://community.zenoss.org/blogs/zenossblog/2010/11/11/building-the-open-cloud-with-openstack
While at the Openstack design summit this week, I had a chance to sit down with Stephen Spector, Openstack Community manager. Stephen was happy to record a quick video with me to introduce the summit and Openstack in general.

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