December 2016 RDO Community Newsletter

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RDO Status

With the Newton release behind us, we're working on the Ocata release now, with Milestone 1 already released. On December 1 and 2, we held the first Ocata test day, and have just two more test days planned, since Ocata is a very short cycle.

You can track daily status of RDO on the RDO dashboard.

Upcoming Events

The first month after OpenStack Summit always tends to be a little slow, but things are picking up again. There's several events in the coming weeks that you should be aware of.

OpenStack Days Mountain West

This week in Salt Lake City, another 'OpenStack Days' event will be held - OpenStack Days Mountain West. The event is two full days of OpenStack content, presented in a single track so that you don't miss anything. Among other great content, TripleO Evangelist Rain Leander will be participating in the 'Future of OpenStack' panel, and OpenStack Architect Ken Savich will be talking aboutPCI Passthrough with Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

You can still register for the event at


RDO will have a table at the upcoming event in Brno, Czech Republic. DevConf will be held January 27 - 29, 2017 at the Faculty of Information Technology, and features talks on a wide variety of topics encompasing development, administration, and user issues around Linux. The schedule of talks will be posted in the coming days.

FOSDEM and the CentOS Dojo

FOSDEM will be held in Brussels, Belgium, at the ULB Solbosch Campus. It's the largest gathering of free/open source software enthusiasts in the world, and has been going for more than 15 years. FOSDEM will be held February 4th and 5th.

As usual, RDO will be sharing table space with CentOS, Gluster, Ceph, Fedora, Foreman, and other projects.

We will also be participating in the CentOS Dojo on the Friday before FOSDEM - February 3rd - at the IBM Client Center out by the United Nations building. The CentOS Dojo is primarily about how people use CentOS to get stuff done, with lots of discussion and hands-on demonstrations. The schedule is still being worked on, but we anticipate some talks about how RDO uses the CentOS infrastructure in our testing and packaging workflow.

Watch the @rdocommunity twitter feed for more information as soon as we have it.


As you may know, the developer summit portion of OpenStack Summit has been split off into a separate event, which will be held one 3 months before the date of each OpenStack Summit. These will be called the PTG - the Projet Team Gathering.

The first PTG will be held in Atlanta, February 20-24, 2017 and will be attended by a large number of the engineers that work on the various parts of OpenStack.

If you are actively involved in OpenStack development, you are encouraged to attend this event. More detailed information on who should attend, and how to register, is available on the PTG website.


Other RDO events, including the many OpenStack meetups around the world, are always listed on the RDO events page. If you have an RDO-related event, please feel free to add it by submitting a pull request on Github.

Blog Posts

There's been some great blog posts in the last month. Here's a sampling:

Upstream Contribution – Give Up or Double Down? by assafmuller

Ever since I’ve been involved with OpenStack people have been complaining that upstream is hard. The number one complaint is that it takes forever to get your patches merged. I thought I’d take a look at some data and attempt to visualize it. I wrote some code that accepts an OpenStack project and a list of contributors and spits out a bunch of graphs. For example:

Recorded presentations from OpenStack Canada Day by dmsimard

OpenStack Days are sort of local mini one-day OpenStack summits.


On communities: Empower humans to be amazing by Flavio Percoco

When it comes to communities, a system is the set of processes you put in place


How are you using RDO? (Survey results) by Rich Bowen

Over the last few weeks, we've been conducting a survey of RDO users, to get an idea of who is using RDO, how, and for what.


TripleO cheatsheet by Carlos Camacho

This is a cheatsheet some of my regularly used commands to test, develop or debug TripleO deployments.


Ocata OpenStack summit 2016 - Barcelona by Carlos Camacho

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend to the Barcelona OpenStack summit ‘Ocata design session’ and this post is related to collect some overall information about it. In order to achieve this, I’m crawling into my paper notes to highlight the aspects IMHO are relevant.


Follows us on Twitter, @rdocommunity, for daily and weekly updates of what the RDO community is blogging about.

Community meetings

Every Wednesday at 15:00 UTC, we have the weekly RDO community meeting on the #RDO channel on Freenode IRC. The agenda for this meeting is posted each week in a public etherpad and the minutes from the meeting are posted on the RDO website. If there's something you'd like to see happen in RDO - a package that is missing, a tool that you'd like to see included, or a change in how things are governed - this is the best time and place to help make that happen.

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
  • Puppet module development - #rdo-puppet

Social Media

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