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Manage Your Datacenter By Phone

oVirt logo The oVirt development team is very pleased to announced the release of version 1.0 of moVirt, which is now officially available as an Android app on the Google Play store.

The moVirt app, which was released on August 4, is a mobile client for oVirt that aims not to duplicate the features of the existing web dashboard but strives to be a useful companion app.

moVirt contains three main features: Monitoring of virtual machine health, such as memory/CPU utilization, status, and events; integration with SPICE and VNC; and bridging the physical world of servers with the virtual world of oVirt using the techniques of augmented reality that can scan data matrix codes located physically on servers.

This last feature is exceptionally cool, since a user can make use of a mobile device's camera to gather additional data like host status, resource utilization, and VMs running on a physical server.

moVirt is the product of a lot of great work from oVirt developers, as well as interns from the GNOME Outreachy Project, who have been instrumental in pushing moVirt to this initial release.

If you have an Android device and are using oVirt to manage your data center, check out these moVirt demos and then download the app for yourself!

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GNOME Community Converges For GUADEC

GUADEC logo Next week, hundreds of GNOME developers and users will arrive in Gothenburg, Sweden for GUADEC, GNOME's annual flagship conference. GNOME is a free software desktop environment with a focus on ease of use and accessibility for all. It is the default desktop environment for many distributions, including Fedora, CentOS, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

GUADEC is where the GNOME community meets to plan new features and to get to know the people they see online every day. Because GNOME works on every layer of the stack, GUADEC draws developers working on everything from applications to the kernel. The technologies showcased at GUADEC are often used in surprising places, such as virtualization and container software.

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Getting Your Community The Best Documentation

Open Help logo The 2015 Open Help Conference & Sprints takes place September 26-30 in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Our own Shaun McCance recently outlined some of the best practices in managing your own documentation sprints.

Sprints are one of the most effective tools for building momentum and community around an open source documentation project. For the past four years, the Open Help Conference & Sprints has hosted doc sprints for a number of prominent open source projects, and often has been the first sprint venue for a project. Open Help celebrates its fifth year in 2015 with a venue upgrade and space for six doc sprints.

Open Help has a unique format that includes presentations as well as attendee-led open discussion. Open source projects face unique challenges, and the discussion format allows people to ask questions and share solutions on everything from content planning to building community.

Perhaps more importantly, though, Open Help hosts three-day doc sprints for open source projects. Open Help handles all the logistics, freeing people up to focus on their content and their community. What's more, having sprints alongside other projects affords the opportunity to learn best practices from other teams…

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Event Report--FUDCon Pune 2015

FUDCon Pune logo FUDCon is the Fedora Users and Developers Conference, a major free software event held in various regions around the world, usually annually per region. Kushal Das has blogged about his experiences at the latest FUDCon in Pune, India:

I don’t remember when I called Siddhesh for the first time to talk about organising FUDCon in India this year. But the discussion started, at first I wanted to bid with Durgapur as the venue. But after some discussion, we agreed that Pune is a better place in many cases which we want in a venue for FUDCon.

The Bid and Venue

I was in Kolkata, I was not directly involved with the bid. But the team did an amazing job in putting up the bid, doing many ground works. MITCoE was chosen as the venue, but we had few other college names in the list as backup…

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The Worst-Named Job In The World

Open your favorite search engine on another browser tab. Enter "Community Manager." Go ahead, I'll wait.

On Google, the first page of results reveals nine general links and three news links: one Wikipedia entry, five pages on community management as a social media function, two links to job postings for social media community managers, and a link to a page about real estate community managers. Of the three news stories, one was a piece on social community management, another on game community management, and the last on real estate community management.

Over on Bing, the same search reveals the same Wikipedia page, four job-search-related community management links, two links to social community management pages, and two real estate community management pages.

Yahoo? No less than eight ad-based search results, and pretty much the same mix and content that Bing had.

And so on.

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Open Cloud Day Rolls Into OSCON 2015

OSCON logo It is a reasonable statement to make that most people don't enjoy moving.

Packing up all of your worldly possessions into boxes, loading them up into a truck, and then driving to a new abode where the process begins again in reverse does not exactly scream fun times. As painful as the process of moving can be, though, it is essentially a standard process. You can take your own stuff with you and arrange it however you see fit.

Imagine a world where each home was reliant on a certain type of furniture, or appliances. You can't take your favorite recliner with you, nor your grandmother's antique lamp, because it isn't compatible with the next living space. That is, essentially, analogous to the problem of committing your IT resources to an infrastructure that isn't open. Once your apps and data are inside such a system, they are pretty much stuck there, unless you want to go through some serious pain.

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Change Is Bad--No, Good!

Fedora logo I am a fairly agnostic person when it comes to Linux distributions. My personal philosophy is, as long as it works and has little pain associated with it, then that's the distro for me. In the past, that meant using the likes of Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and openSUSE, to name a few, and I have gone back and forth between GNOME and KDE more times than I can count.

Since coming to Red Hat, naturally I have gravitated to Fedora (though I have a CentOS server humming along for oVirt demos). Right now, I'm using Fedora 22, and thus far it's been a pretty smooth run–except for one really irksome thing that is still catching me out nearly every single time:

The change from Yum to DNF.

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Community Central Demos Upstream Awesome at Summit 2015

Tom Callaway at Fedora Booth Coming out of the Red Hat Summit is a little like coming out of a euphoric whiteout of moments where you know good things happened, but you aren't exactly sure what.

The build up alone to an event like Summit takes weeks of preparation, and for the Open Source and Standards team, it marks just the start of a summer-long season of trade shows and community events where we can show off our respective projects.

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Moving Focus to the Upstream

oVirt logo When code with the complexity of oVirt gets developed, one of the more critical pieces of tooling to have is an issue tracker. Issue trackers–which work for any size coding project, really–enable developers and quality engineers to make note of features to add and the progress in which they are getting added. They also help project participants identify faulty behaviors and prioritize them for repair. This latter use is why issue trackers are also known as bug trackers.

One of the best open source bug trackers for development today is Bugzilla, and it's the system oVirt uses for issue tracking, along with many other projects in which Red Hat is involved. It is also the same tracker used for one of oVirt's downstream commercial products, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV). And therein lies a little bit of a problem–a problem we are happy to say is getting solved with an even more open policy on issue and bug tracking.

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SELF Discovery

SELF logo The 2015 SouthEast LinuxFest (SELF) made its seventh annual appearance last week, this year filling the quiet halls of the Sheraton Charlotte Airport with the voices of the free and open source community.

This was my first time at the show, but it is most definitely a local favorite for those Red Hatters based in Raleigh. Charlotte is a city in transition, with some interesting spots to find culture and ridiculously good cuisine. The event itself had the feel of similar regional FLOSS conferences, along the lines of SCALE, Texas Linux Fest, and LinuxFest Northwest: run by a team of dedicated (and slightly exhausted) volunteers that went out of their way to make attendees and exhibitors feel welcome.

OSAS was well-represented at SELF, presenting on a variety of topics that displayed just some of our expertise.

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