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Open Mic Spotlight: Joshua Hesketh

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis 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!

Joshua Hesketh is a software developer for Rackspace Australia working on upstream OpenStack. He works from his home in Hobart, Tasmania. Joshua is currently President of Linux Australia, previously the co-chair for PyCon Australia and a key organizer for linux.conf.au. He has an interest in robotics having recently completed a degree in mechatronic engineering. Check out his blog here

1. Finish the sentences. OpenStack is great for _______. OpenStack is bad for ______.

OpenStack is great for freedom. OpenStack is bad for proprietary competitors.

2. How did you learn to code? Are you self-taught or did you lear in college? On-the-job?

I’m self-taught – which might explain some of my bad habits! I learned a bit during university while picking up most of my knowledge from being involved in open source projects.

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

To me, open source is a superior development model in which everybody wins – from the users, to the developers and businesses involved. Much more value can be gained from using open source where you can build on the shoulders of giants, collaborate on complicated problems and avoid vendor lock-ins. As users you have the flexibility to use a product to its fullest potential whilst, as developers, having the ability to modify and customize it as needed.

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

I love working from home. I get to wake up to this view every morning. When I’m not at my home office I spend hours at my favourite cafe, Villino, working while enjoying a flat white.

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5What drew you to OpenStack?

One of the big drawcards for me is the community within OpenStack which is really special. It’s such a large and active project, with hundreds of developers all working in unison. The sense of community is reflected in everyone being nice, approachable and willing to go out of their way to help solve your problem. Everybody is working towards the same goal – to better OpenStack.

This is one of the great success stories of the project – being able to scale its developer base so well. Granted, there are still issues in the getting started pipeline as a consequence of size, but overall the project is very well managed. I am a very big fan of the structure and operation of the OpenStack Foundation. The membership models and egalitarianism are very well set out.

Category: Open Mic

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Apr 4 – 11)

Take the OpenStack User Survey and Change the (OpenStack) World

Still a few more hours to fill in the OpenStack User Survey.

Heartbleed

The bug discovered affecting OpenSSL and “breaking” internet doesn’t directly touch OpenStack but can lead to OpenStack compromise. The width of the problem discovered this week is extremely wide though and I think it’s worth spending some more time learning about it. Mark McLoughlin has collected an impressive amount of links where you can learn more.

Security auditing of OpenStack releases

Nathan Kinder started a conversation about how to deal with high-level security related questions about OpenStack.

How to govern a project on the scale of OpenStack

How an open source project is governed can matter just as much as the features it supports, the speed at which it runs, or the code that underlies it. Some open source projects have what I call a “benevolent dictator for life.” Others are outgrowths of corporate projects that, while open, still have their goals and code led by the company that manages it. And of course, there are thousands of projects out there that are written and managed by a single person or a small group of people for whom governance is less of an issue than insuring project sustainability.

Introducing the OpenStack SDK for PHP

Marrying OpenStack with one of the most popular programming languages on the planet. Write applications to interact with OpenStack public and private clouds, using the APIs. The OpenStack SDK for PHP is meant to be by the community and for the community. It will be able to work with clouds from a variety of vendors or vanilla OpenStack setups.

Tearing down obstacles to OpenStack documentation contributions

Rip. Shred. Tear. Let’s gather up the obstacles to documentation contribution and tear them down one by one. I’ve designed a survey with the help of the OpenStack docs team to determine blockers for docs contributions. If you’ve contributed to OpenStack, please fill it out.

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Reports from Previous Events

Upcoming Events

Other News

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Jason Kincl Manish Godara
Choe, Cheng-Dae Jason Ni
Juan Antonio Osorio Robles vishal yadav
Peter Jönsson Amrith
vaibhav Doug Shelley
Victor Boivie Aimon Bustardo
Marc Abramowitz Igor Duarte Cardoso

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack 2014 T-Shirt Design Winner

The colorful design will debut on T-Shirts at PyCon in Montreal this week, and will be distributed at upcoming events worldwide.

‘Glowing stack’ by Jaewin Ong

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Category: Communication, community, Newsletter

Open Mic Spotlight: Steve Martinelli

steve_martinelliThis 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!

Steve Martinelli is an OpenStack Active Technical Contributor and a Keystone Core Developer located at the IBM Canada Lab. He primarily focuses on enabling Keystone to better integrate into enterprise environments. Steve was responsible for adding OAuth support to Keystone and is currently adding Federated Identity support to Keystone. In his spare time he also contributes to OpenStackClient as a Core Developer. Though usually swamped with code reviews, his summer Wednesday nights are reserved for playing in the IBM softball league. You can follow him on Twitter @stevebot

1. Get creative — create an original OpenStack gif or haiku!

Here’s a haiku:

Code, test, submit patch.
Oh no, forgot to rebase.
Jenkins, I failed you.

If we’re talking gifs, I can’t compete with: http://openstackreactions.enovance.com/.

2. How did you learn to code? Are you self-taught or did you lear in college? On-the-job?

I learned to code at school, but I’ve learned how to support, test, and build projects while working. When learning a new language, I avoid using books. I generally use an online tutorial to get a development environment up and running, then have the API handy while I poke around. When getting ramped up on an existing project, like Keystone, I find that going through the code, documentation, and running the test suite with a debugger enabled is enormously helpful.

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

My inner developer wants to say … ‘Free as in Beer, Speech and Love’: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshuamckenty/6747269389/

But, I’ve learned that it’s much more than that. ‘Open source’ software can drive and accelerate an industry. It can ensure many companies agree upon a standard, and move on to the more interesting aspects of what the technology can do.

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

It depends on what I’m doing that day. If it’s something that requires a lot of thinking, then I like to work from my desk at home, where it’s relatively free of distractions, and very quiet. If I’m just dabbling in code, or working on something more ‘mechanical’, then I’m good as long as I have a place to sit.

 5What is your favorite example of OpenStack in production (besides yours, of course!) 

I really like what the folks at CERN are doing. They are really pushing for Keystone to have Federated Identity support. Plus, who doesn’t like smashing subatomic particles together at nearly the speed of light?!

Category: Open Mic

OpenStack 2014 T-Shirt Design Winner

The 2014 T-shirt design contest is a wrap! Thank you to everyone who shared their creativity and original designs with us this year.
We are excited to reveal our winner, Jaewin Ong of Singapore! This colorful design will debut on T-Shirts at PyCon in Montreal this week, and will be distributed at upcoming events worldwide.
OpenStack T-Shirt Design
We wanted to learn more about the creative mind behind the design, so we asked Jaewin a few questions:
What was your inspiration for this design?
  • The inspiration was actually the OpenStack logo! Since the logo is already of significance, I thought it would be cool to manipulate it with bright colors and superimposing the outline with itself.
 How long have you been designing?
  • My first design was for a T-Shirt, incidentally, during my freshman year in university. The T-Shirts were printed and sold to raise funds for a committee I was involved in. And I started out with MS Paint! I’ve come a long way.
 Where are you currently working?
  • I’m currently a junior in university pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
 In what way are you involved in OpenStack?
  • I’m afraid to say that my involvement with OpenStack is minimal. Although, I had some experience with Python during my internship. Otherwise, I do find cloud computing to be rather complex and I admire people who do it.
 Do you publish any of your other work online?
  • I don’t publish my work because I’m doing this out of interest. I would be grateful when it comes to a point where I’m publishing my work for other purposes besides interest.
 Is there anything else you might like to share about yourself?
  • I constantly look for opportunities like this to improve myself. It might not be a big deal to some, but it’s a big deal to me!
Congratulations, Jaewin!
Want to see your design on a future OpenStack T-Shirt? Stay tuned on our blog as we announce upcoming design contests!

 

Category: community, Contest, Event, OpenStack Update, Uncategorized

OpenStack Day Events April – May – June 2014

Several upcoming OpenStack Day events are taking place around the world. Please join us in spreading the word and register soon. We hope to see you there!
OpenStack Day Mexico in Mexico City – April 29
  • When: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
  • Where: World Trade Center Mexico
  • Tickets: Tickets are MXN $200.00, covering all meals, workshops and conferences. Register quickly! 
OpenStack CEE Day in Budapest – May 26
OpenStack in Action 5! in Paris – May 28
  • Attendees will be provided with the raw materials to engage with the community, become a consumer of the technology and take part in its evolution
  • When: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
  • Where: CAP 15
  • Admission is free, so register to get an overview of the OpenStack technology, projects updates, challenges, best practices and roadmap for all audiences
#1 OpenStack Day in Milan – May 30
  • When: Friday, May 30, 2014
  • Where: Via Privata Stefanardo de Vimercate
OpenStack Israel in Tel Aviv-Yafo - June 2
Hear about OpenStack’s Icehouse Release from industry thought leaders and local OpenStack users. Following the conference, attend a 3-day training course on the current OpenStack Havana Release
  • When: Monday, June 2, 2014
  • Where: Arts Hall HaBama Herzliya
  • Tickets: We’re expecting +300 OpenStack users, prospective users, ecosystem members and developers to attend, so register quickly!
With an anticipated 500+ attendees from all sectors of London’s wide and diverse tech community, an exciting line-up of speakers and exhibitors, this will be the UK’s largest OpenStack related event this year!
  • When: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
  • Where: 155 Bishopsgate
  • Tickets: The early bird rate expires on May 14th, so register quickly before prices increase!
If you are interested in organizing an OpenStack Day event in your area, please contact events@openstack.org.

 

Category: community, Event, OpenStack Update, Uncategorized

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 28 – Apr 4)

Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

OpenStack Summit – now with more Ops

A new addition to the busy times in Atlanta: people who run clouds have a place to congregate at the Summit and swap best practices, architectures, ideas and give feedback. The Ops Meetup will be the place for sessions designed to be full-room discussions: there will be no presenters and salient notes will be collaboratively recorded on Etherpads, just like in the Design Summit. Register for the OpenStack Summit, then turn up Monday and Friday to room B308 in Atlanta.

Call for Proposals Open Source @ OpenStack Summit

At this year’s OpenStack Summit we’re going to be offering space to Open Source projects that are important to the OpenStack community. We’re calling it Open Source @ OpenStack, and it’s an opportunity for these projects to hold small design summits with their community members. We’re impressed by the number of projects that have grown in the OpenStack ecosystem, and want to continue the practice we started with StackForge of fostering these projects. We have space and time available for half day sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, both morning and afternoon. If you have a project that you think qualifies for this space, we invite you to submit a proposal for Open Source @ OpenStack.

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

  • Redeem your invite code NOW or pay extra to join the Summit! Check your inbox and spam folder if you contributed code before March 3rd for your invitation.
  • No more batch invites will be sent.
  • Applying for Visa? Looking for accommodation in Atlanta? Visit http://openstack.org/summit
  • Check the official agenda

Understanding the obstacles to join OpenStack Documentation Team

We are very interested in increasing the doc contributions and making our doc processes work well for OpenStack as it scales. I believe we can take actions based on the questions here, please send the link to OpenStack contributors as far as you can! Please take this survey to understand the obstacles to doc contributions.

Tips ‘n Tricks

Reports from Previous Events

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Cameron Seader fumihiko kakuma
Sridhar Gaddam Marc Abramowitz
Pablo Fernando Cargnelutti AllenGuo
zhangjialong AlexConrad
Manish Godara Adrian Turjak
Sasikanth Eda Abhishek Kekane
Radu Mateescu kwonho lee
Nicholas Randon john brooker
Edmund Haselwanter iain MacDonnell
Thang Pham Steve McLellan
Federico Gimenez Nieto Paul Czarkowski
Bo Tang Ligong Duan
vaibhav_kale Jens-Christian Fischer
Romain Chantereau Erno Kuvaja
Dana Bauer Salvo
Vitaliy Lotorev Gil Vernik
Erlon R. Cruz Deepak C Shetty
Sphoorti pushpesh
Samuel Stavinoha Juan Antonio Osorio Robles
Joseph Robinson
Chetan Risbud
Ian McLeod
Ana Malagon
ugvddm
Hunter Haugen
Ashish Chandra
Vladimir Kozhukalov
Sean Chandler
Nicholas Randon
Guillaume Espanel
Chad Roberts

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

Life Goes ON

Getting told that this feature will not be accepted before next release

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Category: Communication, community, Newsletter

OpenStack Summit – now with more Ops

I’m excited about what the upcoming Atlanta OpenStack Summit is going to bring, especially for those of us running clouds.

Once again, we’ve got an Operations track in the main conference. It’s bigger than ever, running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — and, the sessions were selected by individuals with some serious ops credentials (as opposed to say, our vendor friends).  “Training your cluster to take care of itself and let you eat dinner in peace“, “because AD != LDAP“, and “Cinder on Ceph War Stories” are some of the sessions I’m looking forward to.

Throughout the week, there’s also specific presentations on Security, Compute, Networking and Storage, but today we’re excited to highlight a brand new section: the Ops Meetup.

People who run clouds need to have a place to congregate at the Summit and swap best practices, architectures, ideas and give feedback – this is the Ops Meetup. Essentially, all of the sessions are designed to be full-room discussions: there will be no presenters and salient notes will be collaboratively recorded on Etherpads, just like in the Design Summit.

So, if you’re running a cloud and you want to actively engage in serious and not-so-serious discussion with like-minded folks, register for the summit, then turn up Monday and Friday to room B308 in Atlanta! You might even make OpenStack better in the process.

You can find the current schedule below. Further details can be found on the planning etherpad, and you are welcome to participation in the discussion on the openstack-operators mailing list.

Until then, may your MTUs match, expired tokens be few, and your message queues be clean. See you at the Summit!

Monday
1115 – 1155   Ask the devs: Meet the PTLs and TC, How to get the best out of the design summit
1205 – 1245  Reasonable Defaults

1400 – 1440  Upgrades and Deployment Approaches
1450 – 1530  Architecture Show and Tell, Tales and Fails
1540 – 1620  Architecture Show and Tell, Tales and Fails

1730 – 1810  Security

Friday
9:00 – 9:40   Enterprise Gaps
9:50 – 10:30  Database

10:50 – 11:30 Issues at Scale
11:40 – 12:20 Meta Discussion – ops communication and governance

1:20 – 2:00 Ansible
2:10 – 2:50 Chef
3:00 – 3:40 Puppet

4:00 – 4:40 Networking
4:50 – 5:30 Monitoring and Logging

Category: Uncategorized

Participate in the OpenStack User Survey by April 11!

We’re kicking off the third round of the OpenStack User Survey this month! You may remember before last November’s Summit in Hong Kong, we helped the User Committee run a survey to aggregate OpenStack deployments and share the results.

Hong Kong Survey Results

The survey received nearly twice as many answers as the previous round (822 compared to 414) and 387 deployments compared to 187.

The first User Survey in Spring 2013 provided great insight to the types of deployments and technology decisions made by the OpenStack community. We were able to catalogue 230 unique deployments – you can see the results presented by the User Committee at the last Spring Summit. Another huge benefit was the ability to uncover new users willing to talk about their OpenStack deployments, which can be found here: http://www.openstack.org/user-stories.

If you are an OpenStack user or have customers with OpenStack deployments, please take a few minutes to respond to our User Survey and pass it along to your network. The goals of the survey are to better define the OpenStack user community and requirements, facilitate engagement and communication among the user community, and uncover new use cases or OpenStack users who might be willing to tell their stories publicly.

Below you’ll find a link and instructions to complete the User Survey by April 11, 2014 at 23:00 UTC. If you already completed the survey last year, there’s no need to start from scratch. You simply need to log back in to update your Deployment Profile, as well as take the opportunity to provide any additional input.

http://www.openstack.org/user-survey

All the information provided is confidential and will only be presented in aggregate unless the user consents to making it public. Aggregate responses will be shared with the OpenStack Board, Technical Committee and community at large to help shape the roadmap and share useful information regarding operational decisions.

You can also help us by promoting the survey so we can secure as much participation as possible, for example by retweeting the OpenStack handle: @OpenStack

Remember, you can hear directly from users and see the aggregate survey findings by attending the next OpenStack Summit, May 12-16, in Atlanta.

Thank you for your support!

 

Category: Event, OpenStack Update, Summit, Uncategorized

Call for Proposals Open Source @ OpenStack Summit

UPDATE: Friday, April 18 is the deadline for submissions. 

At this year’s OpenStack Summit we’re going to be offering space to Open Source projects that are important to the OpenStack community. We’re calling it Open Source @ OpenStack, and it’s an opportunity for these projects to hold small design summits with their community members. We’re impressed by the number of projects that have grown in the OpenStack ecosystem, and want to continue the practice we started with StackForge of fostering these projects.

We have space and time available for half day sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, both morning and afternoon. The purpose of the space is to get developers in the same room so they can plan their development for the Juno release cycle. Rather than being a time to market a particular company or technology, it should be an opportunity communication and goal setting. To achieve these goals, we would like participating projects to use the following guidelines:

  • The project needs to be directly related to OpenStack in some way.
  • The project must be open source, with source code available and actively developed.
  • The work needs to be non-commercial and vendor neutral, although a vendor that sponsors a project can organize the meeting.
  • Sessions must be open to anyone who wants to attend. This should be not just an opportunity for core developers to meet, but to also give a venue for people interested in your project to get more information.
  • Meeting notes from the design session should be made publicly available.
  • The group organizers and participants must adhere to the OpenStack Summit Code of Conduct.

If you have a project that you think qualifies for this space, we invite you to submit a proposal for Open Source @ OpenStack. Update: Friday, April 18 is the deadline for submissions. 

Please include:

  • The name of your project.
  • A description of the project and how it relates to OpenStack.
  • The names and contact information for the organizers commiting to hosting the session.
  • Relevant links to project sites such as repositories, bug trackers, and documentation.
  • An estimate of the number of developers you expect to attend your design meeting.
  • A plan for how you intend to use the time and space.

We want to thank everyone for the time and effort they put into supporting OpenStack.

Category: Communication, community, Development, Event

OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Mar 21 – 28)

OpenStack Summit May 2014 Schedule & Registration Deadlines

The official Summit agenda is now live. Adjustments, edits, additions to the schedule may be made between now and the Summit.  Continue to visit the site for updates.
March 28 is the last day to save 50% off the full price and register for the Summit at the discounted Early Bird rate. Don’t miss out – prices will increase on March 29. Register now.

Running a Baseline Usability Test on Horizon

Over the last few months, a group of folks from multiple companies has been doing research around building a set of Personas to present at the Atlanta Summit. Liz Blanchard wrote up the results of the first usability testing on the most recent (Icehouse) version of the OpenStack Dashboard (Horizon).

The road to Juno Summit – Atlanta 2014

  • Redeem your invite code NOW or pay extra to join the Summit! Check your inbox and spam folder if you contributed code before March 3rd for your invitation.
  • No more batch invites will be sent.
  • Applying for Visa? Looking for accommodation in Atlanta? Visit http://openstack.org/summit
  • Check the official agenda

How to Build OpenStack Docs and Contributors through Community

Anne Gentle lays the ground for the discussions to be held in Atlanta: collaborate on a request for proposals for a new front-end design for our documentation that can help us make changes to how docs are authored. Also, how to enable non-CLA contributors to the docs. Read more about our Docs team, how it manages to work upstream and coordinate work across continents.

Security Advisories and Notices

Tips ‘n Tricks

Upcoming Events

Other News

Got Answers?

Ask OpenStack is the go-to destination for OpenStack users. Interesting questions waiting for answers:

Welcome New Reviewers and Developers

Joseph Robinson renminmin
Michał Jastrzębski Longgeek
Erlon R. Cruz Thom Leggett
Uros Jovanovic Michał Jastrzębski
Thom Leggett Hareesh Puthalath
Kazutaka Morita Emmet Hikory
Chris Friesen Ryan Hallisey
Luigi Toscano Zhang Gong
Longgeek Vlad Naboichenko
Joseph Matthew Ching Steven DuChene
Jeff Applewhite Sergey Gotliv
Zhang Gong Marco Morais
Therese McHale Luis Fernandez
Allison Randal Jason Kincl
Aleksey Chuprin Steven Gonzales
Ricardo Carrillo Cruz Sergey Murashov
Jay Faulkner Michael Elder
Svechnikov Artur Christian Huebner
Alon Marx Chad Lung
lirenke Alexei Vinogradov
Brandon Logan Feng Xi Yan
Meena Pitchiah
Madhuri Kumari
Jeremiah Patterson
Anna Shen

Latest Activity In Projects

Do you want to see at a glance the bugs filed and solved this week? Latest patches submitted for review? Check out the individual project pages on OpenStack Activity Board – Insights.

OpenStack Reactions

Trying to ping for a review during openstack summit

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