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Tales of a First-Time Community Manager

In August 2015, George Zhao of Huawei, formerly the OpenDaylight release manager, was assigned to be OpenDaylight community manager full time, a role that I had been filling on a part-time basis since October 2014. To help him ramp up as a first-time community manager, I agreed to mentor George. In the course of working together, I have had the opportunity to structure some of the things I have learned in my career, and pass them on to him.

This series of articles, resulting from my conversations with George, is a collection of personal thoughts and analysis on community management, which I hope will be useful to others.

(Check out Part 1 in this series.)

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Open Is More Than Just Source Code

Kanban board As 2015 wraps up, one of the things we are doing in the Open Source and Standards group is looking for new tools that can help us do our jobs better. But it might surprise you to learn that even within OSAS, it's not a 100% given that every piece of software we consider is open source or free software.

Recently, one of the tools we were looking at was software to help us track tasks created by us and also submitted to us by various open source projects within and without the Red Hat ecosystem. What good is an organization like OSAS if we can't openly share our resources and expertise with all free and open source software communities?

There are lots of applications out there that could fit the bill. An issues-based system like Bugzilla or something based on the Getting Things Done model like Remember the Milk or Nirvana. Eventually, the one model that came up more often than not was a Kanban model.

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RDO Interview—Cinder in Liberty

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Before OpenStack Summit, I interviewed Mike Perez about what's new in Cinder in the LIberty release, and what's coming in Mitaka. Unfortunately, life got a little busy and I didn't get it posted before Summit. However, with Liberty still fresh, this is still very timely content.

In this interview, Mike talks about the awesome new features that have gone into Cinder for Liberty, and what we can expect to see in April.

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Diversity Value in Tech Goes Beyond Numbers

Women in Open Source Logo A special session of the recent All Things Open conference presented a screening of the documentary, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. Knowing that Red Hat has a strong interest in diversity recruiting, I decided to attend. It was a good decision; I was in awe after only minutes into the documentary.

For example, did you know that there are three times as many software engineers needed than the number of software engineers actually being produced? Part of the reason for this huge need comes from the lack of women in the IT field. As tech companies began to disclose the lack of diversity in their organizations, the results were not pretty.

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oVirt 3.6 Is Live!

oVirt logo As the dust settles on LinuxCon / CloudOpen Europe 2015 and preparations are starting for FOSDEM 2016, the oVirt team has been hard at work to launch the latest iteration of oVirt, version 3.6. With features like tech previews of Docker integration and Debian support; Fedora 22 support; VirtIO Serial Console; a new Affinity Rules Enforcement Manager; and self-hosted Engine support for FibreChannel and Gluster, this is an exciting and important milestone for the oVirt project.

As the upstream development project for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, UDS Enterprise, and Wind River Open Virtualization, oVirt’s integrated virtualization enables enterprises to manage virtual machines with a robust toolset, without the need to re-develop applications to conform to cloud platforms' APIs. oVirt also offers advanced virtualization capabilities, including high availability, live VM migration, live storage migration, the ability to self-host the oVirt engine on a managed virtual machine, and more.

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Happy Birthday, Internet

Admin Cat According to the Computer History Museum, today marks the date when the first host-to-host connection on ARPANET, from the University of California Los Angeles to the Stanford Research Institute, was made in 1969. This first connection effectively marks the the very beginning of what would later become a global network that would bring us knowledge, communication, and cat pictures.

Birthdays and anniversaries for technological advancements are tricky things, of course. Do you, for instance, celebrate the birth of the telephone based on Alexander Graham Bell's conception of the idea somewhere in the early 1870s within his work on the "harmonic telegraph," or do you peg the big day on March 10, 1876, when Bell famously called out to his assistant Thomas Watson to bring him some latte?

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Call For Proposals—FOSDEM 2016 Virtualization & IaaS DevRoom

FOSDEM logo I am excited to announce that the call for proposals is now open for the Virtualization & IaaS devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM 2016.

This year will mark FOSDEM’s 16th anniversary as one of the longest-running free and open source software developer events, attracting more than 5,000 developers and users from all over the world. It will be held once again in Brussels, Belgium, on January 30 & 31, 2016.

This devroom is a collaborative effort, and is organized by dedicated folks from projects such as OpenStack, Xen, Mesos, oVirt, and Foreman. We would like to invite all those who are involved in these fields to submit your proposals by December 1st, 2015.

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What Is a Community Manager's Goal?

Football Goal I was recently asked what a community manager does in a technical development community. My answer is, the community manager's job is to help the project have:

More, happier, engaged users.

With just four words, this covers all of the things I see as most important for a project.

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Ceph Launches New Community Advisory Board

Ceph logo There are a few important milestones in the life of any open source project: the first outside contribution. The first general release. And, for really successful projects, the creation of a solid governance structure to help guide the project in a way that benefits many.

For Ceph, that milestone is today.

In conjunction with the OpenStack Summit currently taking place in Tokyo, the Ceph community is announcing the formation of an advisory board to assist their community in driving the direction of Ceph. Specifically, the new advisory board will launch with the goal of expanding and enhancing community participation and collaboration for the Ceph project, working closely with the community’s technical and user committees.

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Community Profile--RDO Project

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Community Profile: RDO Project
Name: RDO
Initial Release: April 15, 2013
Community Manager: Rich Bowen
Downstream: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform (RHELOSP)
Upstream: OpenStack
Governance: A collaborative, community-driven governance that communicates through IRC and various RDO mailing lists. (
Web Site:
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus
Software: Download, Source Code
Description: A free distribution of OpenStack that runs on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is different from many other OpenStack distributions in that it is community-supported. OpenStack is open source software to build public and private clouds.

The Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat continues to support a variety of open source projects driven by different communities. Of the communities that OSAS supports, RDO will be the second community highlighted in our new blog series. The goal of these blogs is that readers will further understand the highlight community and how they play into the Red Hat ecosystem.

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