About Joe Brockmeier

Joe Brockmeier works for Red Hat on the Open Source and Standards team. Passionate fan of Linux and open source, Vim, music, art, cats, and polar bears. Not necessarily in that order.

Notes from Flock 2016

Fedora logo Fedora's Flock wrapped up two weeks ago, after a lovely week in Krakow, Poland. Here's an organizer's-eye view of the conference and some updates.

Overall, I think this was a great event. At least, the feedback I got from folks who attended was that it was productive and they had a good time.

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Red Hat Summit Community Track Day Two

Summit logo Wednesday was another fine day at Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. After a really fun keynote that included deploying a mobile game that something like 800 attendees played live, it was time for breakout sessions.

What follows is a nearly stream-of-consciousness grab of the highlights of the sessions from day two.

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Red Hat Summit Community Track Day One

Summit logo You might have heard that several thousand people have converged on San Francisco for Red Hat Summit at Moscone this week. One of the highlights for Summit this year (at least for me!) is the Community Track, part of the main Summit schedule for the first time this year. Missed it? Don't worry, there's more tomorrow!

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Community Track at Red Hat Summit Call for Proposals

This year at Red Hat Summit, we will have a track to highlight some of the excellent work being done in upstream communities that Red Hat participates in and sponsors. If you're working on, or using, one of our key projects we'd love to hear about it!

The Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team would like to feature interesting case studies that show how our communities are using projects like CentOS, Ceph, Fedora, Foreman, Gluster, oVirt, Project Atomic, RDO, and others. We're also interested in presentations that show off work happening in the upstreams, to demonstrate the innovation that happens first upstream.

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Introducing the OSAS Community Dashboard

Red Hat's Open Source and Standards (OSAS) group, working with Bitergia, is capturing interesting data from some of the upstream projects with which Red Hat is deeply involved. On this page, you'll find various vital signs from projects like oVirt, RDO, ManageIQ, and Gluster.

It's useful for folks who are familiar with an open source project to be able to see, at a glance, the general trends for things like mailing list activity, IRC discussions, or how many bugs/issues are being opened and closed.

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How to Run a FOSDEM Devroom

FOSDEM is one of the world's biggest gatherings of free and open source developers, and it takes a lot of work to put the entire thing together. Almost magically, the event is staffed and managed by volunteers and put on free of cost to the attendees. If you were one of the thousands of folks attending FOSDEM this past weekend in Brussels, you might have found yourself sitting in a devroom thinking, "Hey, I'd like to put one of these together next year!" If so, read on.

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Infrastructure.Next Returning to Ghent and SCALE

Once again, we're pleased to be running Infrastructure.Next events in Ghent and alongside the Southern California Linux Expo. Tickets for Ghent and SCALE are available now on Eventbrite, don't miss out!

This is our second year running Infrastructure.Next. We had a great turnout last year, and are building on the previous events with feedback from last year's event. This year we'll have more case...

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Fedora Council Elections Start Today

The Fedora Project recently changed its governance model and has begun to set up a Council that will replace the Fedora Board.

As John Rose noted on Fedora Magazine, the Board is working on an orderly transition from the old model to the Council model, and part of that is electing two new members for the Council.

The nomination period concluded last week, and elections began today and run through November 25th. (Voting closes at 00:00 UTC November 26th.)

The candidates are:

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Upcoming Events and Calls for Papers

Doing exciting work with open source cloud, containers, virtualization, or other interesting technologies? Want to show it off to other folks in the FOSS community from around the world? Then don't miss these opportunities to get the word out about your work!

Linux.conf.au Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration Miniconf

Linux.conf.au is consistently a fantastic event. Year after year it delivers a great selection of talks and miniconferences. This year I'm running the Clouds, Containers, and Orchestration miniconf, and looking for presentations by November 25th. Here's the short synopsis:

"Software-defined everything," DevOps, and cloud are driving open source further and faster than we might have imagined possible just a decade ago. Most recently, Docker containers and orchestration have opened up all kinds of new opportunities to develop, deploy, and manage software from the developer's desktop well into production.

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Critical Bash Security Vulnerability: Update Your Systems Today

This morning a critical vulnerability was announced in GNU Bash. This vulnerability affects versions of CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). 

The Vulnerability

Huzaifa Sidhpurwala has an excellent post on the Red Hat Security Blog that explains the vulnerability and potential attacks. 

In a nutshell:

the vulnerability arises from the fact that you can create environment variables...

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How to Build Your Applications to Scale in the Cloud

If you missed Open Cloud Day at OSCON, you missed some spectacular presentations. We had a fantastic line-up and a sensational audience with brilliant questions. Did I mention it was really, really good?

But the purpose of this post isn't to gloat about being there, but to share some of the goodness with everyone else. Today's choice cut is Red Hat's own Steven Citron-Pousty, who helps spread the word about OpenShift. (And if you were at Open Cloud Day, you might enjoy giving it a second viewing.)

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LinuxCon: Solving the Package Problem

In the beginning, there were source tarballs and make and make install, and they were good. And then the distribution developers said "let there be package managers" and it was good. Lo, the users fought with dependencies, and the developers said "let there be Yum, and APT" and it was good. And then users said "but I want newer software, and multiple versions of Python, and what happens if an update breaks?" and there was a great befuddlement.

Last week at LinuxCon, I had the opportunity to give a talk on "Solving the Package Problem." For those who attended the talk, or the generally curious, there's an embedded copy of the slides below. But I'll also try to make a quick summary of the talk here for those who weren't around or would like a version they can read.

For folks who've been working with Linux a long time, you may remember the primitive "Wild West" days of distributing software. You may recall having to build software from source because package managers didn't exist, or because the software you wanted to use simply wasn't packaged for your distribution of choice yet.

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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...

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Join Us for Open Cloud Day at OSCON

Heading to OSCON? Or near Portland and want to get up to speed on the latest and greatest in cloud? Join us for Open Cloud Day at OSCON, Monday, July 21st.

Open Cloud Day will have a packed schedule with speakers from Red Hat, Disney, Nginx, Puppet Labs, Chef, Apache CloudStack, Bitergia, the OpenShift Foundation, and many others. We'll have DevOps expert John Willis, Caroline McCrory of GigaOM...

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Upstream Podcast Episode 9: Rich Bowen Interviews Contributors at OpenStack Summit

Rich Bowen spent a little time last month at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta, GA, and had a chance to catch up with some of the upstream contributors to OpenStack.

In this short podcast, you'll hear from several OpenStack contributors directly from the show floor at OpenStack Summit.

You can also grab the MP3 directly on Jellycast.

If you’d like to keep up with the Upstream podcast, keep an...

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Upstream Podcast Episode 8: Patrick McGarry Talks about Ceph and Open Sourcing Calamari

Last week, Red Hat announced that we were open sourcing Calamari, Ceph's management platform. It's been a bit of a whirlwind for the Ceph team, what with being acquired by Red Hat at the end of April, and then getting all the work done to get Calamari out the door as an open source project!

Tuesday, I had a chance to chat with Patrick McGarry of the Ceph team and talk about open source storage...

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Announcing Open Cloud Day @ OSCON: Call for Papers Live!

Red Hat, along with Chef, Citrix, and the OpenStack Foundation, are sponsoring Open Cloud Day at OSCON on Monday, July 21st.

The Open Cloud Day at OSCON is a look at the “state of cloud” in 2014, gathering industry practitioners to give their take on the state of public and private cloud, IaaS, and PaaS platforms, and where the industry is going in 2014 and beyond.

Whether it's Software Defined...

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CentOS Dojo Comes to Cincinnati on June 4th

If you live in, around, or near Cincinnati, Ohio, then come join us on June 4th at the University of Cincinnati's School of Information Technology for a one-day CentOS Dojo.

Never been to a Dojo before? Here's what to expect: the CentOS Dojos are one-day events to bring together people from the CentOS communities to talk about systems adminstration, best practices, and emerging technologies of interest. We aim to bring together expert and local speakers to talk about the things that practicioners care about most, and to share stories from experiences working with CentOS in all kinds of scenarios.

Eventbrite - CentOS Dojo Cincinnati, OH, 4 June 2014 @ University of Cincinnati

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Upstream Podcast Episode 6: Marvin Humphrey of the Apache Software Foundation

In this episode of Upstream, I talk with Marvin Humphrey from the Apache Software Foundation.

We had a chance to chat at ApacheCon North America, earlier this year in Denver. Marvin had given a talk on Releasing Apache Software, which managed to make a fairly dry topic very engaging. He'd also recently completed a stint as the V.P. of the Apache Incubator and is the founder of Apache Lucy, a "loose...

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SoftwareCollections.org is Now Live!

Since Red Hat started discussing Software Collections (SCLs), a lot of folks have expressed interest in building or using community-driven Software Collections for Fedora, CentOS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Today, we're happy to take the wraps off of SoftwareCollections.org – a project dedicated to helping the community create, maintain, and distribute SCLs. 

What's SoftwareCollections.org?

As you already know, Software Collections make it possible to use different versions of system software like newer (or, perhaps, older!) versions of Python, Ruby, MySQL, and so on. You can already find quite a few SCLs for Fedora, CentOS, and RHEL. But what if what you're looking for (or looking to provide) isn't one of those collections? That's where SoftwareCollections.org fits in.

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Upstream: Episode 2. Interview with Bradley Kuhn

Here's the long-awaited second installment of the Upscale podcast. Long-awaited in no small part because it's taken a little longer than it should to do the editing and put it online! But it's well worth the wait, we promise. In this episode I talk to Bradley Kuhn of the Software Freedom Conservancy(SFC).

Kuhn and I sat down for a few minutes at the 12th annual Southern California Linux Expo

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CentOS Dojo Denver and ApacheCon

A couple of really exciting events coming up for folks in or around Denver (or who don't mind a wee bit of travel) in early April. ApacheCon will be running from the 7th through the 9th, followed by the first CentOS Dojo Denver on the 10th.

The ApacheCon schedule is looking pretty fantastic, with a line-up that encompasses big data, logging, cloud, software frameworks, development and architecture...

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CentOS Dojo at Percona Live MySQL Conference

Monday, March 31st, is Open Source Appreciation Day at the Percona Live MySQL Conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and we're pleased to announce that we'll be running a CentOS Dojo as part of the program.

Every Dojo is a bit different, but we always aim for useful talks with practical information on getting things done with (and on) CentOS and other open source solutions. Since we...

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Upstream: New Podcast and Interview with Leslie Hawthorn

One of the best things about working on the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team here at Red Hat is the sheer number of interesting people in open source that we get to work with and talk to every day. It seems a shame not to share some of those conversations with the rest of the community, so we've started Upstream, a podcast that features interviews and conversations with the people who're moving...

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A Little of Everything at SCALE 12x

Last week's Twelfth Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE 12x) had a little something for everyone. Young or old, new users to old hands, serious issues to silly games, the program ran the gamut from Friday to Sunday evening. And, for those who made the trek from climates that actually have seasons, the Los Angeles setting offered some welcome warmth and sunshine.

Friday kicked off with a slew of one-day tracks like Build a Cloud Day, PuppetCamp, DevOps Day LA, a Fedora Activity Day, and Infrastructure.Next. Friday's daytime track has been growing at SCALE for a few years, and this year it was really packed with tracks and a full house of attendees.

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Red Hat at SCALE 12x

FOSDEM is a wonderful conference, but if you're going to plan an event for the colder months (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), why not do it somewhere warm? Like sunny Los Angeles? That's a tiny part of the appeal behind the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE), now going strong in its 12th year.

The weather, of course, is only a small (but undeniable) slice of the appeal to SCALE. What brings in droves of developers, admins, and enthusiasts is the unbeatable slate of speakers with outstanding talks, special events, and more.

Special Events

Speaking of special events, you won't want to miss Infrastructure.Next @ SCALE.

Note that anyone attending SCALE is welcome to attend some/all the talks, but we do ask that folks register so we have an idea of attendance. See the schedule at the end of this post.

Don't Miss Talks

SCALE is full of awesome talks you don't want to miss. Lawrence Lessig kicks off the conference Friday night with the opening keynote, "Only You Can Get This, So Where Are You?" from 9:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. A bit late for a keynote, but who'd want to miss it?

Some of the other talks you don't want to miss:

And that's just a handful of the talks you don't want to miss. Not to mention the exhibit hall where you'll find all sorts of interesting stands. Red Hat and Fedora will have booths, as well as plenty of other interesting projects and exhibitors. Come for the weather, stay for the awesome. See you at SCALE!

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Infrastructure.Next Debuts in Ghent

After four days of FOSDEM and CfgMgmtCamp, you might suspect that people would be too tuckered out to turn up for one more day of conference – but you'd be wrong. More than 80 people, almost all who'd been at FOSDEM and CfgMgmtCamp, turned up last Wednesday in Ghent for the first Infrastructure.Next.

The idea for Infrastructure.Next is to focus on "the future of the datacenter," whether that be specific technologies, best practices, or culture that will enable teams to adapt and evolve as needed.

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Getting Rowdy About Cloud in London

When you have an opportunity to get awesome people together and share their expertise, you take it. Ahead of Monki Gras, we had an opportunity to get a lot of cloud experts in a room and let them share their experience with folks interested in using or deploying IaaS and/or PaaS platforms. The theme of the day was "the state of cloud" in 2014, and where it's going. True to that, we had some very interesting structured and unstructured conversations about best practices, what's coming in the near future, and what we've learned so far.

One of the other mandates for the event was to have a vendor-neutral forum, and I think that went quite well. All of the speakers focused on lessons learned rather than promoting any specific project or product, and that helped facilitate great conversations.

Getting Feisty Right off the Bat

Few speakers enjoy being the first on the schedule, even when the program has a much more humane start time of 10 a.m. But someone has to go first, and I picked OpenShift Developer Advocate Steven Citron-Pousty in part because I know he's a good sport, but mostly because I knew he'd get a discussion going and set the tone for the rest of the day.

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London Calling! London Cloud Summit Next Wednesday

Next Wednesday, 29 January, ahead of Monki Gras, don't miss the London Cloud Summit. It starts a the humane hour of 10 a.m. at The Bakery, in the heart of London's Tech City, Shoreditch.

This is a great chance to learn from some of the leading lights in the industry today, with speakers from Chef, Citrix, Pivotal, ShapeBlue, Rackspace, Red Hat, and RedMonk. You'll hear from folks involved in CloudStack...

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Announcing Infrastructure.Next Ghent

Red Hat will be sponsoring a new one-day event in Ghent, Belgium on 5 February 2014. Called Infrastructure.Next, you won't want to miss this if you're involved in managing or building modern IT infrastructure.

What is Infrastructure.Next?

Infrastructure.Next is the event for people interested in the evolving tools and projects for managing large-scale IT infrastructure. From storage to configuration...

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Fedora 20 Released

The Fedora Project has announced the release of Fedora 20, just in time for the holidays! Code-named "Heisenbug," the Fedora 20 release comes in close to the 10th anniversary of the first Fedora release.

Heisenbug is much more than an anniversary present, though. The Fedora Project has served up a well-rounded release with plenty of improvements for all Fedora users. Fedora 20 promotes ARM to a...

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Recap of Gluster Community Day at USENIX LISA

orange-ant-250px Yesterday we had the opportunity to run a Gluster Community Day at USENIX LISA in Washington D.C. Turns out it was well worth the time, as we had a fantastic group turn up for some really excellent talks.

The crowd wasn't large, but it was clearly a group that was interested in GlusterFS and associated projects, like puppet-gluster. Having the right crowd is almost always better than having a...

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Red Hat Community Activities at USENIX LISA Next Week

USENIX LISA '13USENIX LISA 13 is rapidly approaching. Now in its 27th year (!) the Large Installation System Administration (LISA) Conference is going to be held in Washington D.C. from November 3rd through 8th, with a number of activities and talks of interest to Red Hat communities.

First, on Monday, we have a Gluster Community Day. It's free to attend, but seats are limited - so make sure to sign up right...

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Optimize for People: Lessons from Monktoberfest 2013

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Day drinking and unconventional marketing isn't just for Don Draper anymore. A couple of years ago, RedMonk's Stephen O'Grady mused on Twitter about doing a tech/beer conference, and received a resounding "yes, do it" from the tech community. The Monktoberfest launched in 2011 and has drawn an impressive line-up of speakers and attendees ever year since.

The Monktoberfest is an odd duck when...

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Red Hat's Bugzilla Passes 1,000,000 Milestone

Bug 1,000,000 was filed today by Anton Arapov in Red Hat's Bugzilla. The bug, an improvement request for the automatic bug detection and reporting tool (abrt), is a nice milestone just a few weeks ahead of the 15th anniversary of Bugzilla's first release.

The Bug #1 in Red Hat's Bugzilla is not publicly visible, but Bug #2 was filed against the Red Hat Secure Web Server in November 1998. Even then...

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