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

Tuz logo For some background I recommend you catch the earlier postings

Nadia LCASuitably refreshed after our conference dinner, our Thursday Keynote was Nadia Eghbal from GitHub. Her talk Consider the Maintainer looked at some of the issues when projects we all rely on may have a single maintainer or a single committer. If your organisation or project deeply relies on other Open Source projects you need to look at how you can support them, otherwise there is a potentially huge risk if the maintainer walks away.

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

Tuz logo For some background I recommend you catch the earlier posting.

The conference had previously been held in Hobart back in 2009 and their mascot at the time was Tuz - a Tasmanian devil, wearing a fake beak, pretending to be a penguin. Wikipedia has more details on Tuz and the money raised in his honour that year. For 2017 the team had a local artist, Tania Walker, create an updated graphic featuring Tuz for the conference, shown at left.

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Fedora Goes to FOSDEM

Fedora logo I had the pleasure of going to FOSDEM this year and the annual spectacular didn't cease to deliver. During this year's conference, my second FOSDEM, I worked with Brian Stinson of CentOS fame to produce the Distributions Devroom.

FOSDEM gets busier every year and the Distributions Devroom was no different. For almost the entire day, the room was filled and we were routinely turning people away for lack of seats. The few times there was a dip in attendance seemed tied to the topic and not the time. This leads us to believe that the program was well balanced and represented the current thoughts and interests around distributions.

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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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