About Rich Bowen

Rich Bowen has been doing open source for more than 20 years. Rich is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he is involved in the Apache Web Server project, the Kibble project, the Community Development project, and serves on the board of directors. He is an avid biker, geocacher, and writer. By day, he is a community manager at Red Hat, where he works with the OpenStack and CentOS communities. Find him on Twitter at: @rbowen.

Staffing the Conference Booth

FOSDEM 2018 Booth This morning, I was asked to give a few tips about staffing a booth at a technology conference—or, indeed, any conference. This got me thinking—there's things that I do at a conference that come out of years and years of experience doing it wrong, and then tweaking it the next time.

I've been to a lot of conferences. And I've spent hundreds of hours staffing the booth.

To skip to the punchline, everything flows out of deciding what the conference is for. If you know what you hope to get out of the event, everything else flows out of that.

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Open Source Stats--But What Do the Numbers Mean?

rdo I recently sent a report to project management containing some numbers that purport to describe the status of the RDO project.

I got a long and thoughtful response from one of the managers—we'll call him Mark—and it seems worthwhile sharing some of his insights. To summarize, what he said was, don't bother collecting stats if they don't tell a story.

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RDO at DevConf.cz, FOSDEM

In the coming two weeks, RDO will have a presence at three different events in Europe, and we're hoping to see you there.

On January 27th through 29th, we will have a table at DevConf.cz in Brno, Czechia. Drop by to pick up RDO stickers, command line cheat sheet bookmarks, and RDO tshirts.

There will also be a number of OpenStack presentations, including:

  • Zuul v3: OpenStack and Ansible Native...
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RDO Releases Packages for OpenStack Mitaka

The RDO community is pleased to announce the general availability of the RDO build for OpenStack Mitaka for RPM-based distributions - CentOS Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is suitable for building private, public, and hybrid clouds and Mitaka is the 13th release from the OpenStack project, which is the work of more than 2500 contributors from around the world. (Source)

See Red Hat Stack for a brief overview of what's new in Mitaka.

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RDO Community Day at FOSDEM

RDO logo Time does get away from me! It's been three weeks now since I was in Brussels for FOSDEM. On the day before FOSDEM started, we held the first RDO Community Day as part of the CentOS Dojo. (Mark your calendars, we're definitely doing this again next year!)

Rewinding a little… last year at FOSDEM, we had a few RDO presentations as part of the CentOS Dojo. This was very well received, and at the RDO meetup at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, we decided to make it into a whole day.

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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...

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RDO Interviews Flavio Percoco From Zaqar

RDO logo Zaqar (formerly called Marconi) is the messaging service in OpenStack. I recently had an opportunity to interview Flavio Percoc, who is the PTL (Project Technical Lead) of that project, about what’s new in Kilo, and what’s coming in Liberty.

The recording is here, and the transcript follows after the break.

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

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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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Highlights From RDO Meeting at OpenStack Summit

On Thursday morning at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, roughly 60 RDO enthusiasts gathered to discuss a variety of topics around the RDO project. Officially we had just 40 minutes, but since we were followed by a coffee break, we went overtime by about 20 minutes, and there was still some hallway discussion following that.

The complete agenda can be seen in the meeting etherpad. Highlights include...

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Rebooting OpenStack Ceilometer with Gnocci

Yesterday, Eoghan Glynn led a Hangout to discuss the work around rebooting the OpenStack Ceilometer project, using the new approaches of the Gnocci project.

As you may remember, we talked about some of these ideas back in July in a podcast with Eoghan, and a lot of progress has been made toward those goals since then.

In the hangout, Eoghan talks about the Gnocci work, and how it restructures...

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RDO at the CentOS Dojo

On the Friday before FOSDEM, we gathered at the IBM offices in Brussels for the CentOS Dojo.

This morning, Haikel Guemar led a hands-on RDO tutorial, in which he presented some basic information about RDO, and then provided instructions to install RDO, and several of us walked around ensuring that it was all going well.

Due to time, as well as VM limitations, we installed a subset of the entire...

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Swimming Upstream

For the first year and a half, RDO has been largely an effort run by Red Hatters, with some of the work going on behind the firewall. In our community meetup in Paris, at the OpenStack Summit, as I mentioned in my earlier post, we got a lot of feedback from people saying that they wanted greater insight into what we were doing, as well as the opportunity to play along.

So I wanted to quickly update...

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RDO Packaging

When we started the RDO project back in April of 2013, the main focus was on producing a distribution of OpenStack that made it easy to deploy on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. While we put time into making it easy for the community around that distribution to grow and support itself, most of the technical work was done inside Red Hat, and there were parts of it that weren't very visible to the community.

It's time to prioritize opening up the RDO development process and make the technical governance of the project available to the entire community.

A month ago in Paris, at the OpenStack Summit, 40 or 50 RDO enthusiasts gathered to discuss the RDO community and what we can do to make it more inclusive. The number one thing that was asked for was more documentation around the process, and transparency into the CI results, so that everyone can see what's going on and know where they can jump in.

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Report from ApacheCon Budapest 2014

In November, the Apache Software Foundation, with the help of the Linux Foundation event team, hosted ApacheCon Europe in lovely Budapest, Hungary at the gorgeous Corinthia Hotel.

If my count is right, this was the 24th event to bear the name ApacheCon, and the 8th time we’ve done it in Europe. Also, we were celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Apache Software Foundation, which incorporated in June of 1999.

Every ApacheCon has its own set of memories, from Douglas Adams pacing the stage in London, to the ApacheCon Jam Sessions in Dublin, to the Segway tours in San Diego, to the funeral march in New Orleans. And Budapest was no different – a wonderful event with lots of great memories.

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OpenStack Summit 2014 RDO Report

Last week I had the privilege of going to Paris for the OpenStack 'Kilo' Summit. Now that OpenStack Juno has been released, the Kilo Summit is held to plan the roadmap for the next release, Kilo.

Releases are named in alphabetical order, after something near the location of the summit. In this case, the International Prototype Kilgram, which is stored in Sèvres, just outside of Paris.

This is the third Summit that I've attended - the first two being in Hong Kong and Atlanta - and I'm always impressed with the sheer quantity of content jammed into the time, the depth of those sessions, and of the questions that attendees ask. This is a deep technical conference, and the attendees are the people who are actually doing the work in this space.

Red Hat engineers were involved in presenting more than 20 sessions, which run the first three days of the conference. The second half of the event is the design summit, where the various project teams discuss features and enhancements that will be developed for the upcoming release.

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RDO Test Days for OpenStack Juno M3

Calling OpenStack users! Want to help make OpenStack dead easy to install on CentOS, Fedora, and/or RHEL? Join us for the next test days in early October. The OpenStack Juno release is getting closer and the RDO community is planning to run test days on October 1, 2014 and October 2, 2014.

The RDO team will be providing packages for CentOS, Fedora, and RHEL:

  • CentOS 7
  • RHEL 6.5
  • RHEL 7
  • Fedora 20
  • Fedora 21

You'll want to have a fresh install of one (or more, if you're ambitious) of the operating systems listed, and join the RDO team on Freenode in the #rdo channel.

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Report: LinuxCon North America 2014

Last week I attended LinuxCon North America in Chicago. As always when I go to a conference, there are about five things going on at any moment, and you have to decide where to be and what to do, and then wish you'd done the other thing.

I spent most of the time working the Red Hat booth, talking to people about RDO, OpenShift, Atomic, and, of course, 3D printing.

I also spent a little time over at the OpenStack booth, although it was mostly staffed pretty well without me. The cool thing about the OpenStack booth was the representation from many different companies, all working together to make OpenStack successful, and the ability to be cordial – even friendly – in the process.

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Upstream Podcast: Episode 10 - Rich Bowen with Eoghan Glynn on OpenStack Juno

In this episode of Upstream, Rich Bowen shares a recording of Eoghan Glynn discussing the Ceilometer project for the OpenStack Juno release. It's a bit longer than the usual Upstream episode, but contains a lot of great information on Ceilometer for the Juno release.

You can also grab the MP3 directly on Jellycast.

If you’d like to keep up with the Upstream podcast, keep an eye on this blog, our @redhatopen Twitter feed, Facebook page, and RSS Feed.

Have feedback? Want to guest on the show? Shout out to @jzb on Twitter.

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Find a full transcript of the episode below.

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Happy Birthday to RDO!

A year ago today – April 15, 2013 – we announced the RDO effort. We started the project in an effort to make it less painful to deploy an OpenStack cloud on CentOS, Fedora, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. A lot has changed over the past year, but our mission remains the same.

We've grown from a handful of people to more than 2,000 people registered on the forum and wiki. We've also got a following...

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RDO/OpenStack Events next week

We've got two RDO events next week you'll want to put on your calendars.

On Tuesday and Wednesday (October 29th and 30th) we'll be doing another RDO Test Day, where we'll be putting the Havana release through its paces. We'd really appreciate a few hours of your time to help make sure that the new release is solid.

Then, on Thursday (October 31st), at 4pm GMT, Brent Eagles will giving a talk about...

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RDO Havana Release

RDO congratulates the OpenStack Foundation on the release of OpenStack 2013.2, code named Havana, the latest version of the OpenStack cloud platform.

And, right on the heels of that, we're pleased to announce RDO Havana, our packaging of OpenStack Havana for easy deployment on Red Hat derivative operating systems - RHEL, Fedora, CentOS, Scientific Linux, and other RPM-based linux distributions...

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Neutron Networking on OpenStack for Networking Dummies

Yesterday, Dave Neary gave an introductory talk on networking for OpenStack admins. Billed as being a talk for people that don't know much about networking, Dave covered some of the basic elements of routing, and how to make it work in a SDN (Software Defined Networking) environment on Openstack.

You can watch the talk on YouTube:


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RDO Havana Test Day

Over the last two days we've been holding an RDO Havana test day, to put RDO through its paces in anticipation of the Havana release next month. With more than 20 community members participating, we tested a variety of setups to ensure that RDO installs OpenStack without a hitch on all supported platforms - Fedora, CentOS, Scientific Linux, and RHEL.

Of course, there were some snags on the way...

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Event recap: 2013 OpenHelp Conference

This weekend I attended the Open Help Conference in Cincinnati. It was smallish, and so there was a lot of good conversation and brainstorming. The focus was both documentation and support, which are, of course, deeply intertwined.

Photo by Siobhan McKeown

_Photo by Siobhan McKeown_

Siobhan McKeown, from the Wordpress documentation team, was at the conference, and took amazing notes, so I'm going to link to her writeup...

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