About Rich Bowen

Rich Bowen has been doing open source for more than 20 years. Rich is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, where he is involved in the Apache Web Server project, the Kibble project, the Community Development project, and serves on the board of directors. He is an avid biker, geocacher, and writer. By day, he is a community manager at Red Hat, where he works with the CentOS community. Find him on Twitter @rbowen

Happy Birthday CentOS!

Today, CentOS turns 15 years old. It’s had hard times and good times, and gone through a number of big changes over those years. We feel that we’ve landed in a really great place over the last five years, as part of the Red Hat family of projects, and we’re very excited about what’s coming with CentOS 8, and the years to come.

Right now, we want to look back at how we got where we are now. We did that by going back and talking with some of the people that were involved in those early years, as well as some that joined the project later on. Continue reading

Staffing the Conference Booth

This morning, I was asked to give a few tips about staffing a booth at a technology conference—or, indeed, any conference. This got me thinking—there’s things that I do at a conference that come out of years and years of experience doing it wrong, and then tweaking it the next time.

I’ve been to a lot of conferences. And I’ve spent hundreds of hours staffing the booth.

To skip to the punchline, everything flows out of deciding what the conference is for. If you know what you hope to get out of the event, everything else flows out of that.

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Open Source Stats–But What Do the Numbers Mean?

rdo I recently sent a report to project management containing some numbers that purport to describe the status of the RDO project.

I got a long and thoughtful response from one of the managers—we’ll call him Mark—and it seems worthwhile sharing some of his insights. To summarize, what he said was, don’t bother collecting stats if they don’t tell a story.

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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.

RDO Releases Packages for OpenStack Mitaka

The RDO community is pleased to announce the general availability of the RDO build for OpenStack Mitaka for RPM-based distributions – CentOS Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is suitable for building private, public, and hybrid clouds and Mitaka is the 13th release from the OpenStack project, which is the work of more than 2500 contributors from around the world. (Source)

See Red Hat Stack for a brief overview of what’s new in Mitaka.

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RDO Community Day at FOSDEM

RDO logo Time does get away from me! It’s been three weeks now since I was in Brussels for FOSDEM. On the day before FOSDEM started, we held the first RDO Community Day as part of the CentOS Dojo. (Mark your calendars, we’re definitely doing this again next year!)

Rewinding a little… last year at FOSDEM, we had a few RDO presentations as part of the CentOS Dojo. This was very well received, and at the RDO meetup at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver, we decided to make it into a whole day.

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RDO Interview—Cinder in Liberty

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Before OpenStack Summit, I interviewed Mike Perez about what’s new in Cinder in the LIberty release, and what’s coming in Mitaka. Unfortunately, life got a little busy and I didn’t get it posted before Summit. However, with Liberty still fresh, this is still very timely content.

In this interview, Mike talks about the awesome new features that have gone into Cinder for Liberty, and what we can expect to see in April.

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RDO Interviews Flavio Percoco From Zaqar

RDO logo Zaqar (formerly called Marconi) is the messaging service in OpenStack. I recently had an opportunity to interview Flavio Percoc, who is the PTL (Project Technical Lead) of that project, about what’s new in Kilo, and what’s coming in Liberty.

The recording is here, and the transcript follows after the break.

(If the player below doesn’t work for you, you can listen HERE)

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RDO and CentOS

Continuing in the series about the RDO Meetup in Vancouver, in this recording we have Karsten Wade, of the CentOS project, talking about CentOS’s relationship with RDO, and with OpenStack in general. He talks about the CentOS build infrastructure, CI, package repos, and the CentOS Cloud SIG.

(If the player below doesn’t work for you, you can listen HERE

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