2015 July

July 2015 RDO Community Newsletter

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Mailing List Update

Here's what's been going on in the RDO world since you last heard from me.

It's pretty common to want to integrate an OpenStack deployment with your existing external network. The documentation for how to accomplish this has been updated to reflect the current state of OpenStack. That document is at https://www.rdoproject.org/Neutron_with_existing_external_network and we welcome your feedback and corrections to that doc.

With the conversation happening in upstream OpenStack about the 'Big Tent' (See more about this idea at http://tm3.org/big-tent), it's worth discussing what this means to RDO. Specifically, what do we want to package in RDO? While the simple answer to this is "whatever the community makes happen", there are other things to consider. You can read this conversation in the archives at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00044.html and https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-May/msg00284.html Also, out of this conversation has come a document - still a work in progress - that documents what's in RDO right now. That's at https://www.rdoproject.org/ProjectsInRDO

The folks from Trystack gave an update on their plans for the near future. In particular, there was discussion of moving off of Facebook-based authenticaion to openstack.org-based authentication. You can read that conversation at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00045.html As of this writing, x86.trystack.org is offline due to DC/network issues. You can check in #trystack, on the Freenode IRC network, for updates.

Boris Derzhavets did a nice writeup of switching to Spice console in RDO Kilo, which you read at http://tm3.org/spice There was further discussion of this on the list, which you can read at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00064.html

The RDO-Manager team announced that work on HA support had been completed: https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00070.html You can see more about RDO-Manager at https://www.rdoproject.org/RDO-Manager

In response to conversations in the upstream about packaging, Mark McLoughlin wrote a blog post discussing his ideas about upstream packaging, and how it would affect the RDO project. That post is at https://blogs.gnome.org/markmc/2015/06/12/rdo-and-upstream-packaging/ and the ensuing discussion may be found at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00062.html

Jakub drew up a diagram to explain the packaging workflow, which you can see at https://www.rdoproject.org/packaging/rdo-packaging.html And there was a little discussion at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00081.html

One of the CentOS Google Summer of Code projects is closely related to RDO. GSoC student Asad asked some questions about how to handle his Cloud In A Box project, and got some good advice. We look forward to seeing his end product. You can read that conversation at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00090.html

And Jakub also posted about the new rdopkg requirements management documentation which you can see at the following places in the packaging doc:

This discussion may be seen at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00157.html

You can always find the archives at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/, or join the list yourself at https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/rdo-list

Packaging updates

Remember that every week there are two IRC meetings on the topic of packaging. The RDO-specific meeting is every Wednesday at 15:00 UTC. And on Thursdays at 15:00 UTC, the CentOS Cloud SIG discusses issues related to the CentOS CI and packaging infrastructure, as well as other cloud projects that are using those resources. We welcome your participation in either (or both!) of these meetings.

The meetings from the latest RDO packaging meeting may be found at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00087.html and the minutes from the latest Cloud SIG meeting are at https://www.redhat.com/archives/rdo-list/2015-June/msg00100.html

Meetups and Events

Each week we post the upcoming OpenStack meetups to the rdo-list mailing list, and also on the RDO website at http://rdoproject.org/Events If you have events that you'd like for us to help you publicize, please let me know at rbowen@redhat.com

Last week, RDO had a presence at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, where we gave out hundreds of RDO tshirts and demoed RDO, RDO-Manager, ManageIQ, and various other related things.


There were several presentations in the Community Theater about RDO, which will be on YouTube very soon. Watch @rdocommunity on Twitter to see them when they're available.

In the coming months, RDO will have a presence at several other events:

If you're going to be at any of these events, please drop by and see us.

Keep in touch

There's lots of ways to stay in in touch with what's going on in the RDO community. The best ways are …


Mailing Lists:


  • IRC - #rdo on Freenode.irc.net
  • Puppet module development - #rdo-puppet

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Thanks again for being part of the RDO community!