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ManageIQ Gaprindashvili GA - It's Better Than Fine!

ManageIQ Gaprindashvili Happy (Lunar) New Year! Since this is the first time I'm posting to the blog this year, I'd like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful 2018 (and an excellent Year of the Dog for those following the Chinese lunar year)!

On behalf of the ManageIQ team, we're delighted to announce the release of ManageIQ Gaprindashvili! This is the seventh ManageIQ release and it's named after Georgian chess player Nona Gaprindashvili, who became the first woman to be awarded the Grandmaster title in 1978.

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Notes from the FOSDEM Community DevRoom

FOSDEM Logo During FOSDEM, I had the privilege of co-chairing the Community DevRoom with Laura Czajkowski of Couchbase for the second time. We got a much larger room this year (80 seats, up from 40 last year) and still had a packed house the entire day with a queue for seats reaching down the stairs for all talks.

We were also honored to hear from the organizers that they received unsolicited feedback from several attendees that the DevRoom was one of the best at the event and had a great mix of talks for both seasoned open source contributors and folks who were old hands in the tech world but new to open source or to FOSDEM.

You can check out all the talks, and videos have been posted for each one.

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DevConf.us Makes Its Debut

DevConf.us Logo I hear what you're thinking: it's another developer conference. Because we don't have enough of those. But the inaugural edition of DevConf.us should prove to be more than just another developer event.

That's because its sibling event, DevConf.cz in Brno, Czech Republic, is nothing like your run-of-the-mill dev conference. So why should this latest offshoot conform to that mold, either?

Held on the campus of Boston University from August 17-19, 2018, DevConf.us follows in the footsteps of its original event, as well as its other companion event, DevConf.in in Bangalore, India, and brings unique flavor of conference to the shores of North America.

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FOSDEM is Community at its Purest

Fedora Booth If you have never been to FOSDEM on the ULB Solbosch campus in Brussels before, let me try to sum it up in one sentence for you: over 8,000 free and open source developers and enthusiasts all seeking to learn as much as possible in as many ways as possible.

That really doesn't do it justice. With more detail, I can also tell you that it is crowded, loud, and certainly populated by the most politically and socially diverse people I have ever seen in one place.

And I would not trade any visit for the world.

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Your Project Isn't Fake News

Radio Gnome When my daughters were little, I used to tell them horrible stories of growing up in a world without personal computers, more than three television channels, and (the darkest truth of all) mobile phones.

In those prehistoric times, people were forced to live without the ability to instantly talk to anyone on the other side of the planet. The most telling impact was when I would show them old 80s crime dramas and three-quarters of the third-act cliffhangers seemed like they could have been easily solved by a simple cell-phone call, instead of running around trying to find payphones.

Another shortcoming of these dark years was the lack of ability to be informed by any one of hundreds of news sources. Today, some would say that's not a shortcoming at all: the flood of information, some informed and some otherwise, bombarding us can easily be seen as a curse. And it seems nearly impossible to get word out about your projects within the cacophony that seems to surround us all.

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Red Hat's Sekrit Agenda for Fedora & CentOS--Revealed!

DevConfCZ logo It's been about four years since it was announced that CentOS, the once-rebel Linux distribution that was a full-on, free-as-in-beer clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, was getting acqui-hired by the very company it was "competing" against.

It would be the end of CentOS, many people predicted, speculating that the hired CentOS team would be quietly redistributed to other duties and the once-mighty competitor to RHEL would vanish under the evil mechanizations of the Shadowman.

(Cue maniacal Vincent Price laughter.)

Yet, four years later, CentOS is not only still alive, it is playing a critical role in Red Hat's ecosystem, working hand-in-hand with Fedora and many other upstream projects to make all the software better.

This was the topic of today's DevConf.CZ keynote: "What Does Red Hat Want from Fedora and CentOS?"

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Diversity Is More Than Just Window Dressing

Many hands Last week, I was interviewed by an academician who was doing a study on community metrics. During the conversation, the topic of diversity in a community arose. Specifically, the question was "why is diversity important to a community?"

I have to admit, I did freeze for a moment. Not really because I didn't have an answer, but because that's like asking "why is the Sun important?" and you don't want your answer to sound stupidly obvious ("because we'd all be dead"), as opposed to more thoughtful ("because 3 degrees Kelvin is rather chilly").

The diversity question is frustrating to me because my knee-jerk answer is "because we don't live in an all-X world" and "it's the right thing to do" can seem like platitudes. Thinking about it a little more, a more compelling reason dawned on me: creativity is directly proportional to diversity.

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Remembering the Magic Words

Thank Yous There is a curious thing happening in customer relations in the United States these days. The use of the response "you're welcome" seems to be getting replaced by "my pleasure."

Growing up, saying "thank you" meant getting a "you're welcome" immediately afterwards. Like "day" and "night."

When this first happens in an interaction, it's pretty disconcerting. There are certain language cues that become very ingrained in our consciousness, to the point where, if some thing different happens, it's like tripping over a mental crack in the sidewalk. If I casually use the greeting "How are you?" (or somesuch variant of the phrase), predictably I'm going to get something like "fine," "good," or (if the person I'm talking to is having an actual good day) "great!"

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Managing Overcollaboration

Beads The best thing about open source is watching people from different backgrounds and skillsets work together to create something bigger than something they can could have done alone.

And, sometimes, the worst thing about open source is watching people from different backgrounds and skillsets work together to blow something up.

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