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When Metrics Go Wrong

Metrics are great. They can give you situational awareness about what's going on in your community, help you identify issues that you need to fix, and prove the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of community initiatives. But sometimes things go wrong.

Good metrics should lead to action, but sometimes, if you're not careful, you can end up with results you didn't intend. The very act of measuring something, and communicating that measurement, creates an incentive in the community. And sometimes the incentives you create do not match the behavior you want to encourage. (This is called The Cobra Effect.)

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Gluster Site Relaunches

This week we are excited to give the website a facelift. In addition to the updated graphics and layout, we are now using the Middleman site generator to allow the site to be statically generated.

In addition to a new look and layout, the site has new navigation and a “Spotlight” section on the front page. We are still maintaining a legacy version of the site, so any old bookmarks you have should work just fine.

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OSCON Update: Scheduled Talks & Free Expo Hall Pass

We're all getting excited about OSCON in Portland later this month. If you'd like to meet us in the Expo Hall, use the code EXPOFREE to get a free pass. With a free Expo Hall pass, attendees can meet with dozens of exhibitors and get hands-on demos of their products.

The pass also will get you into Open Cloud Day, Birds of a Feather sessions, parties (including the OpenStack birthday party), and much more.

If you've also registered to attend the conference, here are a few talks to check out:

See the OSCON site for the full conference schedule and a complete list of what's included with the free Expo Hall pass.

There's also still time to get a discounted regular session pass, using the REDHAT25 discount code to get a 25% discount on the 2-day or higher value passes.

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Welcoming Deb Bryant, Senior Director, OSAS

We are excited to have Deb Bryant join the Open Source and Standards team (a.k.a., OSAS) in the CTO office, showing our continued focus on growing and investing in open source projects. In this interview, Deb offers a preview of her new role as Senior Director, OSAS.

Rikki: What will you be doing in your role as Senior Director, OSAS?

Deb: I’m going to be helping Carl Trieloff continue growing OSAS’s capacity and reach. Carl has spent the past two years building a strong team dedicated to open source communities and their projects in Red Hat’s ecosystem. As a starting point, I’ll provide management for some our our sub groups, such as Community, Leadership, and the CentOS teams. I’ll also be working with others in Red Hat's various business groups to increase our communication and collaboration within the Red Hat family. I’m sure there will be plenty of administrivia in my future. But I’m most looking forward to bringing my experience in both community and business to OSAS and the team, plus contributing where I’m able in areas that are especially important to me personally, such as community (of course!), education, and mentorship. This is what attracted me the most to the role. To bring my years of diverse experience to the OSAS team as a manager and at the same time reserve the opportunity as an individual contributor, which I have learned recently is part of the Red Hat culture and it certainly is reflected in what I’ve seen so far with OSAS.

Rikki: The OSAS group is relatively new. What changes would you like to see with the group?

Deb: OSAS is a great group with tremendously talented and deeply competent and committed contributors. I’m honored to be joining, and wouldn’t presume to make any changes until I’ve had a chance to spend time with the team, to gain a deep understanding of their activities, to see what the team feels could use improvement, and to see what may make sense in the future. Any changes I’d recommend ultimately would be to support the team members' ability to carry out their current project responsibilities in support of our upstream communities as well as creating easy and sustainable paths for developing and supporting new initiatives.

I’m excited about this new role, and look forward to learning from a great assemblage of community talent both within and outside OSAS.

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oVirt Google Summer of Code Update

oVirt's stance as the first truly open and comprehensive data center virtualization management provides a venue for user and developer cooperation. The heart of the project is oVirt's open source code, and the open governance of the community, modeled after the Apache Foundation, Eclipse, LVM, and many other well-functioning Linux communities.

So whenever we have a chance to participate in broader events in the open source community, we relish it. We were excited, then, to be a part of this year's Google Summer of Code.

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ManageIQ Birds of a Feather at OSCON

Not long after announcing the formation of the ManageIQ community at OpenStack Summit, the project released a series of YouTube HowTo videos.

This month, OSCON attendees can learn more about ManageIQ at the Taming Hybrid Clouds with ManageIQ birds of a feather (BoF) session on Tuesday, July 22nd. If you want to use cloud APIs in applications, or want a single management interface for cloud and virtualization platforms, you should make sure to attend.

BoF attendees will learn how to use ManageIQ as a single API and gateway for cloud workloads, and how ManageIQ works with AWS, VSphere, RHEV/oVirt, OpenStack, Hyper-V, and more.

To learn more about ManageIQ and keep up with its community, follow the project online at:

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Congrats to the CentOS Team on CentOS 7

Just in case you've missed it, the CentOS team announced the general availability of the first CentOS-7 release.

This is the first major release from the CentOS Project since it joined forces with Red Hat, and it's pretty exciting to see what the team has accomplished so far.

This is, however just the beginning. As the announcement email from Karanbir Singh notes plans to expand the CentOS "portfolio" to Docker images, cloud images, a minimal install ISO for CentOS 7, and (potentially) builds for 32-bit x86, ARM, and PowerPC. There's also work going on in Special Interest Groups around Xen, storage, and Atomic.

Information on the images is available on, you can choose the full DVD, a GNOME or KDE Live image, a Netinstall image, or "everything" ISO with all packages for CentOS 7. See the announcement email for links to the torrents for the various images (with SHA sums as well to verify the images).

Congrats to the CentOS team for the first major CentOS-7 release!

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