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The Worst-Named Job In The World

Open your favorite search engine on another browser tab. Enter "Community Manager." Go ahead, I'll wait.

On Google, the first page of results reveals nine general links and three news links: one Wikipedia entry, five pages on community management as a social media function, two links to job postings for social media community managers, and a link to a page about real estate community managers. Of the three news stories, one was a piece on social community management, another on game community management, and the last on real estate community management.

Over on Bing, the same search reveals the same Wikipedia page, four job-search-related community management links, two links to social community management pages, and two real estate community management pages.

Yahoo? No less than eight ad-based search results, and pretty much the same mix and content that Bing had.

And so on.

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Open Cloud Day Rolls Into OSCON 2015

OSCON logo It is a reasonable statement to make that most people don't enjoy moving.

Packing up all of your worldly possessions into boxes, loading them up into a truck, and then driving to a new abode where the process begins again in reverse does not exactly scream fun times. As painful as the process of moving can be, though, it is essentially a standard process. You can take your own stuff with you and arrange it however you see fit.

Imagine a world where each home was reliant on a certain type of furniture, or appliances. You can't take your favorite recliner with you, nor your grandmother's antique lamp, because it isn't compatible with the next living space. That is, essentially, analogous to the problem of committing your IT resources to an infrastructure that isn't open. Once your apps and data are inside such a system, they are pretty much stuck there, unless you want to go through some serious pain.

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Change Is Bad--No, Good!

Fedora logo I am a fairly agnostic person when it comes to Linux distributions. My personal philosophy is, as long as it works and has little pain associated with it, then that's the distro for me. In the past, that meant using the likes of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and openSUSE, to name a few, and I have gone back and forth between GNOME and KDE more times than I can count.

Since coming to Red Hat, naturally I have gravitated to Fedora (though I have a CentOS server humming along for oVirt demos). Right now, I'm using Fedora 22, and thus far it's been a pretty smooth run–except for one really irksome thing that is still catching me out nearly every single time:

The change from Yum to DNF.

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Community Central Demos Upstream Awesome at Summit 2015

Tom Callaway at Fedora Booth Coming out of the Red Hat Summit is a little like coming out of a euphoric whiteout of moments where you know good things happened, but you aren't exactly sure what.

The build up alone to an event like Summit takes weeks of preparation, and for the Open Source and Standards team, it marks just the start of a summer-long season of trade shows and community events where we can show off our respective projects.

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Moving Focus to the Upstream

oVirt logo When code with the complexity of oVirt gets developed, one of the more critical pieces of tooling to have is an issue tracker. Issue trackers–which work for any size coding project, really–enable developers and quality engineers to make note of features to add and the progress in which they are getting added. They also help project participants identify faulty behaviors and prioritize them for repair. This latter use is why issue trackers are also known as bug trackers.

One of the best open source bug trackers for development today is Bugzilla, and it's the system oVirt uses for issue tracking, along with many other projects in which Red Hat is involved. It is also the same tracker used for one of oVirt's downstream commercial products, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV). And therein lies a little bit of a problem–a problem we are happy to say is getting solved with an even more open policy on issue and bug tracking.

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SELF Discovery

SELF logo The 2015 SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) made its seventh annual appearance last week, this year filling the quiet halls of the Sheraton Charlotte Airport with the voices of the free and open source community.

This was my first time at the show, but it is most definitely a local favorite for those Red Hatters based in Raleigh. Charlotte is a city in transition, with some interesting spots to find culture and ridiculously good cuisine. The event itself had the feel of similar regional FLOSS conferences, along the lines of SCALE, Texas Linux Fest, and LinuxFest Northwest: run by a team of dedicated (and slightly exhausted) volunteers that went out of their way to make attendees and exhibitors feel welcome.

OSAS was well-represented at SELF, presenting on a variety of topics that displayed just some of our expertise.

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RDO and CentOS

Continuing in the series about the RDO Meetup in Vancouver, in this recording we have Karsten Wade, of the CentOS project, talking about CentOS's relationship with RDO, and with OpenStack in general. He talks about the CentOS build infrastructure, CI, package repos, and the CentOS Cloud SIG.

(If the player below doesn't work for you, you can listen HERE

Additional information:

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Control All the Things with ManageIQ Botvinnik

We're very happy to announce that ManageIQ Botvinnik is now generally available. This marks the first full release cycle for ManageIQ as an open source project. As mentioned in previous announcements, we name our releases alphabetically after chess world champions. For the "B" release, we selected Mikhail Botvinnik, a Soviet chess champion from the 1950's. The "C" release cycle is named after Jose Raul Capablanca, a Cuban world chess champion from 1921-1927.

For the impatient, here's what you need to know:

For more information on this release, see the release announcement at manageiq.org.

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DotScale 2015

Last monday, I went to DotScale 2015 in the heart of Paris (living half a hour of Paris, it was a rather easy trip for me). DotScale touts itself as "The European Tech Conference on Scalability," and focuses mostly on distributed systems and scalability issues. Started three years ago following the success of the DotRB conference, this year DotScale attracted around 750 attendees, most of them from France.

Thanks to my unending and unwarranted optimism regarding extra- and intra-urban transportation in Paris, a topic so vast I could dedicate a entire book just to rant on it, I managed to arrive at the beautiful Théâtre de Paris around 10am, in time for the start of talks but just after breakfast. Greeted by a small group of students serving as staff, I quickly moved through the small booth area set up in the hall to enter the theatre serving as main room, where I met up with a group of colleagues who had saved a seat for me.

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