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.

Open Branding for Open Source Projects

One of the really interesting things about working for Red Hat is the company’s attention to detail. Everything about the way the company is presented to the world is decided upon. You can’t just toss out any old picture of a guy in a red fedora… Shadowman’s gotta have the exact look and feel. To help with that, there’s an actual cool little branding book Red Hat’s marketing department worked up that I use for lot of things: even camera angles on video interviews.

Such things are not just fun for the control freaks among us… consistency in the way things are presented help reduce friction and make it easier for any project–commercial or otherwise–to get their messaging out. The last thing you need is a lot of inconsistent look and feel in the materials you present to your community.

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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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Community Profile–RDO Project

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Community Profile: RDO Project
Name: RDO
Initial Release: April 15, 2013
Community Manager: Rich Bowen
Downstream: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack Platform (RHELOSP)
Upstream: OpenStack
Governance: A collaborative, community-driven governance that communicates through IRC and various RDO mailing lists. (rdo-list@redhat.com)
Web Site: https://www.rdoproject.org
Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus
Software: Download, Source Code
Description: A free distribution of OpenStack that runs on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is different from many other OpenStack distributions in that it is community-supported. OpenStack is open source software to build public and private clouds.

The Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat continues to support a variety of open source projects driven by different communities. Of the communities that OSAS supports, RDO will be the second community highlighted in our new blog series. The goal of these blogs is that readers will further understand the highlight community and how they play into the Red Hat ecosystem.

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Managing the World of the Small

ATO 2015 Logo There is a growing discussion in the IT world about the ways in which we, as information technologists, will approach managing the world of the small.

There are two aspects of current technology that fall into this category of "small"–containers and the Internet of Things. Both technologies were the subject of two intriguing keynotes at the opening session of All Things Open yesterday.

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Introducing the OSAS Community Dashboard

Red Hat’s Open Source and Standards (OSAS) group, working with Bitergia, is capturing interesting data from some of the upstream projects with which Red Hat is deeply involved. On this page, you’ll find various vital signs from projects like oVirt, RDO, ManageIQ, and Gluster.

It’s useful for folks who are familiar with an open source project to be able to see, at a glance, the general trends for things like mailing list activity, IRC discussions, or how many bugs/issues are being opened and closed.

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