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Community Track at Red Hat Summit Call for Proposals

This year at Red Hat Summit, we will have a track to highlight some of the excellent work being done in upstream communities that Red Hat participates in and sponsors. If you're working on, or using, one of our key projects we'd love to hear about it!

The Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team would like to feature interesting case studies that show how our communities are using projects like CentOS, Ceph, Fedora, Foreman, Gluster, oVirt, Project Atomic, RDO, and others. We're also interested in presentations that show off work happening in the upstreams, to demonstrate the innovation that happens first upstream.

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FOSDEM Notes—Introducing Lago

Lago logo There's a lot of movement lately around containers to run tests and development environments, but not all the applications are ready to run inside them, maybe because they are legacy applications, that rely on some system details to be able to run, or because they are applications that require to access those system details, like for example, oVirt, a virtualization platform for the data center.

So in oVirt, we found that containers were not a strong fit to create reproducible and meaningful testing environments that would give insight on the possible failures when running on real metal. We wanted an easy way to let developers run those tests locally on their laptops the same (or as similar as possible) way as they run on continuous integration, where we have big servers. Here is where the Lago project comes in play!

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Ceph Community Update—January 2016

Ceph logo It has been quite a while since a coordinated Ceph update has made it to the Ceph blog, so I figured it was time to gather all of the various threads and make sure they were in a single place for consumption.

Quite a lot is happening in the Ceph world and, depending on what part of the project you are involved with, there is more than likely to be a place for you to deepen your engagement with the community. So, let’s do the highlight reel.

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Welcome to the New Project Atomic Community Lead

Project Atomic logo The Open Source and Standards team in Red Hat is very pleased to announce the addition of its latest team member: Josh Berkus, the new Community Lead for Project Atomic.

It is probably not hyperbole to say that Josh's life is all about containers right now… almost literally. Not only is Josh taking on the new role at Red Hat for Project Atomic, which is all about managing and optimizing containers, he and his wife are in the process of transporting their residence from the Bay Area to Oregon this month–appropriately enough, using shipping containers.

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A Celebration of Language Community Work

FUEL logo The FUEL Project is one of the rare projects that emanated from India and is now associated with various language communities and organizations across the world.

The FUEL GILT Conference is an annual event started by FUEL Project in 2013 that gives an opportunity to its participants to hear experts on various topics related to language technology. This was the third FUEL GILT Conference and, like previous events, it was all about showcasing and celebrating efforts being taken by individuals, organizations, and open language communities. Topics included, but were not limited to, Globalization, Localization, Internationalization, and Translation (GILT). This is the one of largest events across the globe that concentrates on GILT technology.

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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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Guidelines For Announcing Software Releases

One of the major functions of any open source project is releasing software, with the goal of reaching as many users as possible. To help our projects succeed, we need to ensure that we get the message out in a timely fashion, to the widest relevant audience, and with the right information.

With that in mind, we've crafted a set of guidelines for coordinating release announcements to ensure that your excellent work doesn't get lost in the shuffle. Remember that these are only guides; your own community practices can be different.

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The Other Side of Documentation

bookshelves For those of us who write a lot, there is a certain bias for the notion that "if you don't write it down, it didn't happen." It's not just writers; as digital as our world has become, there is still a value of permanence to the written word–it's just more likely in bytes rather than paper.

In free and open source software communities, there's always a lot of stock put into the need to have written documentation of most any sort. From user guides, to feature specs, to marketing materials, a community's collective shared knowledge should not rely on the memory and experience of a few people in the community, but rather information that's freely available to all.

This may be preaching to the choir, of course, since the need for documentation is well established. Of course, getting that documentation created can be a challenge in and of itself. Many are the tales of project after project that could really take off in terms of adoption and contribution, except people are held back because they don't know enough about it or the learning curve is too steep. Arguing the pros and cons of documentation is not, however, the point of this discussion. Let's assume that this journey is underway and you are producing documents for your community.

Now the question becomes: what do you do with them?

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Tales of a First-Time Community Manager

In August 2015, George Zhao of Huawei, formerly the OpenDaylight release manager, was assigned to be OpenDaylight community manager full time, a role that I had been filling on a part-time basis since October 2014. To help him ramp up as a first-time community manager, I agreed to mentor George. In the course of working together, I have had the opportunity to structure some of the things I have learned in my career, and pass them on to him.

This series of articles, resulting from my conversations with George, is a collection of personal thoughts and analysis on community management, which I hope will be useful to others.

(Check out Part 1 in this series.)

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