About Mikey Ariel

Mikey Ariel is the community lead for the Open Virtualization (oVirt) project, based in Czech Republic. Prior to diving into the world of community gardening, Mikey spent the better part of 7 years working as a technical writer for enterprise software solutions, including Red Hat's JBoss Fuse and OpenStack Platform, as well as a sporadic scrum master and agile coach specializing in non-development teams.

In her ever-decreasing spare time, Mikey serves as a community lead for Write the Docs Europe, workshop organizer for Django Girls, documentation coach for open source projects, passionate public speaker at tech conferences about all things docs, DevOps, and community, and generally sleeps very little. Follow her on Twitter @ThatDocsLady.

oVirt Rolls Into FOSDEM

fosdem logo Last month I was honored to experience my first FOSDEM as a devroom manager, for the Virtualization & Infrastructure-as-a-Service room. Despite my previous experience running open source events and my experience with FOSDEM as an attendee, running a devroom was a whole new beast, due to the sheer size of the conference and the broad scope of the devroom content.

The 500-person room was really well-attended, with many interesting talks about areas such as KVM/QEMU, libvirt, OpenStack, oVirt, Xen, and container integrations. For the most part, we had around 80% capacity, with notable exceptions being Containers and Virtualization by Joe Brockmeier, which packed the room to capacity, as well as I Find Your Lack of Threads Disturbing by Paolo Bonzini and Oh My! Oh My Vagrant by James Shubin, both of which came as very close runner-ups.

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Welcome to the new oVirt.org Website

oVirt logo As part of their efforts to upgrade the ovirt.org website and improve the community experience, the oVirt community has migrated the oVirt website from a MediaWiki site to a static site, authored in Markdown and published with Middleman. This was a major project that took more than six months and involved many contributors from all aspects of the project.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who were involved with this migration, from content reviewers to UX designers and Website admins who gave their time and brain power to make this happen.

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oVirt Goes to FOSDEM16

oVirt logo With FOSDEM 2016 just a few short weeks away, here are all the details about our community activities during the conference.

As previously mentioned in this blog post, the devroom schedule is available on the FOSDEM website. We have some great presentations from our community members, with something for everyone to learn from and enjoy throughout both days of the conference.

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FOSDEM16 Virt & IaaS DevRoom Schedule Published

bookshelves The organizing team of the Virtualization & Infrastructure-as-a-Service devroom at the upcoming FOSDEM 2016 in Brussels is pleased to announce the talk selection process is complete and the session schedule is now available on the FOSDEM website.

This year will mark FOSDEM’s sixteenth anniversary as one of the longest-running free and open source software developer events, expected to attract 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.

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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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Update: 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.

Note: This blog entry has been updated to include new information on the deadline for submittal, as well as more information on the speakers mentoring program and the FOSDEM Code of Conduct.

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 8th, 2015.

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