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Down in Taz-Mania--Red Hat at LCA 2017 Hobart Part I

LCA logo January 2017 was time for our annual pilgrimage to the latest home of linux.conf.au, an annual technical conference that migrates around Australian and New Zealand locations each year. Read more background on the 2016 conference in Geelong.

This year nearly 600 geeks descended on Hobart Tasmania for 5 days of technical content, hardware hacking, networking and some ad-hoc dolphin watching. Once again we had a high level of Red Hat participation in the program, more details of which can be found on the Red Hat Community page.

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Red Hat FOSDEM Roundup

FOSDEM logo This year's FOSDEM has come and gone, with the event organizers having put on another excellent example of a free and open source software event that embraces a vast collection of communities from all over the world.

Two days of six main tracks and an additional 41 developer rooms made for a lot of amazing content, and those of you who weren't able to attend should visit the FOSDEM site to view the video content of the sessions. This article highlights the sessions presented by members of our Open Source and Standards team, as well as the sessions put on by our global Red Hat colleagues. Each entry has a link to the presentation's page, where you can find links to the session's video files or watch it directly online.

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Discovering Open Source at Red Hat

Red Hat is an open source company and I think it really shows in two important ways.

The first way that Red Hat is an open source software company is probably the one you'd expect: everything is open source! All of Red Hat's products are open source. When Red Hat acquires companies, one of the first things they do is work on open sourcing the software. I now get to help with that process.

Red Hat open source page

When Red Hat develops software, they do so in open source. Red Hat, like many open software organizations, distinguishes between upstream and downstream. Upstream is the community project and downstream is the product delivered to customers. Both are open source but a huge effort is made to make sure all new code is in the upstream.

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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 CI/CD, by James Blair
  • OpenStack with Kubernetes: better together, by Pete Birley
  • Auto Provisioning IdM clients in OpenStack, by Rob Crittenden
  • Shell-Scripting my way through OpenStack, by Pily Sutter
  • Image builds with diskimage-builder and ansible, by Paul Belanger
  • Skynet your Infrastructure with QUADS + Foreman, by Will Foster
  • Putting your OpenStack in your containersm by Flavio Percoco

The following Friday, February 3rd, in advance of FOSEM in Brussels, Belgium, RDO will have talks at the CentOS Dojo at the Marriott Grand Place. These include:

  • OpenStack @ CERN: Status update, by Spyros Trigazis
  • CI in the cloud - How RDO uses OpenStack infra tools for packaging, by Haïkel Guémar and Matthieu Huin

And then on February 4th and 5th, come see us at the table that we'll be sharing with CentOS in the expo are at FOSDEM. There will be OpenStack talks in the virtualization devroom, and we'll be helping out at the OpenStack table on both Saturday and Sunday,

So come join us, or, if you can't follow us on @rdocommunity for photos and updates from these events.

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OPNFV - Two Years In

OPNFV logo For anyone reading this who has been a parent, you will know that the most surprising thing about toddlers is how fast they change. You go away for a couple of weeks of business travel, and when you get back, there’s a different person waiting for you when you get home. And two years old is about the time when the rate of change is at its peak.

That is what OPNFV feels like now: we have navigated the early teething issues and reached a state where there is lots of change and lots of progress. We have labs on every continent, many active projects developing new NFV related functionality, three platform releases, and increasing industry interest. Two and a half years ago, NFV was a promising architecture concept. Today, operators are putting NFVi platforms into production, thanks in part to the work of OPNFV.

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ManageIQ Euwe GA - Improved Container Management, Public Cloud Support, and More

ManageIQ logo The ManageIQ team is delighted to announce the release of ManageIQ Euwe! This fifth ManageIQ release is named after Dutch chess Grandmaster Max Euwe.

Since the ManageIQ Darga GA, we’ve had 9 productive sprints with a total of 3,025 pull requests in the main ManageIQ repo and 4518 PRs overall (averaging 112/167 pull requests per week). All these activities have translated to a slew of new features, bug fixes, and even some deletions to optimize things.

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The PatternFly Roadmap

PatternFly logo The UXD team has been hard at work churning out PatternFly releases at a regular cadence, steadily increasing the number of design patterns and design pattern implementations. In recent releases we introduced a number of changes aimed at simplifying the consumption and contribution processes for both designers and developers.

There are a number of ways we want to improve and scale out PatternFly that can’t be addressed without introducing breaking changes to the project. As such, we’ve had a series of planning meetings to address those concerns and build out a roadmap for our community to plan around and coordinate their efforts.

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Size and Change

Apple and Orange I have been thinking about how size can affect culture and adaptability of groups recently. The topic once again came up today in a talk about what makes a healthy community. The answer to that will depend on the community's size and maturity. An open source project, in the words of one participant in one conversation I had recently on this subject, should have "the minimum level of structure to allow it to function effectively." I agree—just enough is the right amount. This article contains some ponderings on the relationship between size and communities, and some conclusions we can take from that.

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Python Has Big Impact at Red Hat

Python logo This past September, I gave a talk in PyCon India 2016 titled “Python in Red Hat World”. The talk described the use cases of Python programming language inside of Red Hat.

I started the talk with an introduction to Red Hat–what we do and our main products are. Because the room had many students, this was new information for many of them. But almost all knew Red Hat for our flagship operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). When installing RHEL or Fedora (the upstream Linux distribution of RHEL), we use the project known as Anaconda to do so. Anaconda is written in Python. If you are trying to learn how to use Python Mock module and write better unittest cases, you should go through the source code of the Anaconda project.

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Welcome to the New Community Team Manager

Stormy Peters It may seem like a lot of braggadocio when we talk about the talent that comprises the Open Source and Standards team. But seriously, the list of folks we have on our team reads like an all-star list of people who have been active in the free and open source software communities: Deborah Bryant, Ruth Suehle, Jim Perrin, Rich Bowen, Leslie Hawthorn, and Bill Simpson… these are just some of the fantastic talents we have working with open source and standards communities around the world.

But when we announce that Stormy Peters is about to join our team as the Senior Manager of our Community Team… well, you can forgive us for being even more excited.

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