October 2018 RDO Community Newsletter

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Pour your favorite seasonal local brew into a Stein cause we're solidly into the new release schedule - we're talking about the rpm-packaging project, excited to see another round of Outreachy applicants, and gearing up for OpenStack Summit Berlin.

Housekeeping Items

Volunteers Needed for the RDO Booth at OpenStack Summit Berlin

We are gearing up for OpenStack Summit Berlin where we'll have our regular presence within the Red Hat booth. This fall we'll continue the ManageIQ / RDO demo we started last year and we'd love to see your demos, too! If you've got something you'd like to demo via video OR LIVE because you're not afraid of ANYTHING, sign up.

We're also looking for people to spend their precious free time answering questions at the RDO booth. If you're attending, please consider spending one or more of your free moments with us. Questions run the gamut from "What's RDO?" to "I found a bug in Neutron and need help troubleshooting it." Of course, you're not expected to know everything and you can always keep IRC open to access the RDO Community for help! Plus, you get cool stuff! If you show up for three or more shifts, we're going to hook you up with an RDO hoodie.

Reach out to Rain Leander on IRC (leanderthal) or email (rain@redhat.com) for more information.

RDO Changes

The OpenStack RPM-packaging Project

Javier Pena started a discussion on the dev mailing list regarding our involvement in the rpm-packaging project, specifically regarding how we collaborate with people from other rpm-based distributions. We have been successful in reusing some tools created by that project but we've never been able to reuse the spec file templates generated by the project, besides openstack-macros and some python 3 tests done during the Rocky cycle.

As a community, we need to decide what we want our involvement in the project to be:

  • Only get involved in the tooling side, if we have no plans to reuse the spec templates in the future.
  • Try a deeper integration with the specs.
  • Other alternatives?

Each option will carry its own consequences, e.g. if we stop contributing to the spec templates we should stop the 3rd party CI jobs and VMs that support them. The conversation continues on the dev list, but we’d like to make a decision shortly.

If you’re keen, please join us at the weekly community meeting on #rdo on Freenode irc. Or reply directly on the dev mailing list.

Community News

Tentative Stein Test Dates Listed

The tentative Stein test day schedule is posted - please mention serious conflicts to Rain rain@redhat.com so we can fix them before the the first milestone hits Next Month.

  • Milestone1 01-02 November 2018
  • Milestone3 14-15 March 2019

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.

Every Thursday at 15:00 UTC, there is a weekly CentOS Cloud SIG meeting on the #centos-devel 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. This meeting makes sense for people that are involved in packaging OpenStack for CentOS and for people that are packaging OTHER cloud infra thingies (OpenNebula, CloudStack, Euca, etc) for CentOS. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” - Helen Keller

OpenStack News

Call for OpenStack Outreachy Applicants

OpenStack provides open source software for building public and private clouds. We are constantly moving and growing and very excited to invite newcomers to our community. To this end, the OpenStack Foundation has joined the program Outreachy

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.

The current round of internships is open internationally to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Additionally, it's open to residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. We are planning to expand the program to more participants from underrepresented backgrounds in the future.

The application process is described in detail at https://www.outreachy.org/apply. A contribution is required and you answer questions when you apply. You are expected to work full-time on the internship although you can indicate any pre-planned time off in your application.

In order to make your application stronger, here are a few things you could consider including:

  • Previously worked projects/coding experience. If it is docs, related experience if any
  • What do you intend to learn from the selected project? Or rationale behind choosing the specific project
  • How do you think this internship is going to help you achieve what you wanted?
  • Your next choice of projects if your first choice is not available

Also include information or link on your merged patch (which is a requirement to be considered for the internship). Please be available and responsive throughout the application period so we can work with you on improving your application. The timeline for this round is:

Sept. 19, 2018 Applicants start making contributions to internship projects Oct. 30, 2018 Application deadline Nov. 16, 2018 Accepted interns announced Dec. 4, 2018 to March 4, 2019 Internships period

Recent and Upcoming Events

CentOS Dojo / RDO Day at CERN

We’re super excited to host an RDO Day in conjunction with a CentOS Dojo at CERN. The CentOS Dojos and RDO Days are one day events, organized around the world, that bring together people from the CentOS Communities and RDO Communities to talk about systems administration, OpenStack, best practices in Linux centric activities, and emerging technologies of note. The emphasis is to find local speakers and tutors to come together and talk about things that they care about most, and to share stories from their experiences working with CentOS in various scenarios.

OpenStack Summit Vancouver

There’s a lot happening in and around OpenStack Summit Berlin! Here are a few highlights:

  • Let’s Celebrate We will definitely have an evening get together but the details are not ready in time for this newsletter! Keep your eye on the lists for the who, what, where, when, how so we can get together and celebrate the latest Rocky release and the RDO Community!
  • RDO-Specific talks We’re gathering a list of RDO-specific talks that will be happening at OpenStack Summit Berlin. If you haven’t already, please add yours to the list. We’ll be promoting these talks via social media prior to as well as during the conference.
  • Looking for Volunteers As mentioned <a name=”housekeeping”>above</a>, we’re looking for volunteers to spend time answering questions at the RDO booth. Please consider signing up for a shift.

OpenStack Stein Project Team Gathering

Just the facts, ma’am. 5 days. 315 participants. 85 RDO Community Celebrators. 26 interviews with 36 people. And 11 summaries SO FAR on the openstack-dev mailing list archives:

Call For Papers

There are a handful of relevant conferences with open CFPs. Need help figuring out a good topic or finalizing your abstract? Feel free to reach out in the #RDO channel on IRC.

  • Red Hat Summit Boston Massachusetts USA 07-09 May 2019 Share your ideas with thousands of open source enthusiasts by submitting a session for Red Hat Summit 2019. There's a lot going on in open source, and we need your help to talk about it. Please submit an abstract based on one of the topics we will feature this year. CFP closes 19 November 2018 23:59 UTC

  • NIC2019 - Artificial Edition Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway 06-08 February 2019 NIC is the industry’s foremost collaboration and learning event offering global best in class content and structure, delivered by some of the leading technical IT speakers in the world. The main focus is on Cloud technology, automation & management, security, client & server, collaboration and productivity & analytics. CFP closes October 31, 2018 23:10 UTC

  • DevFest Los Angeles California 02 December 2018 Devfest Los Angeles is a community-run, one-day conference aimed to bring students, developers, tech-companies and awesome speakers together under one roof. Where they can learn about Google’s technologies along with other emerging technologies with topics such as Android, Flutter, Firebase, Google Cloud Platform, the Mobile Web, Google Assistant, Machine Learning and more. CFP closes at October 31, 2018 15:10 UTC

  • ServerlessDays Amsterdam The Netherlands 29 March 2019 ServerlessDays started life as JeffConf, a tongue in cheek conference in the spirit of Paul Johnston’s blog post, “Serverless is just a name. We could have called it Jeff”, an attempt to move beyond the Serverless buzzword and focus on the practical use of function as a service platforms and the value they provide. It is a one day, community focused, single track event centred on real world Serverless based solutions. It’s about fostering a community and helping all of us learn from each other as we embrace a new way of building applications. CFP closes at November 26, 2018 23:11 UTC

  • Open Source Data Center Conference Berlin Germany 14-15 May 2019 Innovative strategies, forward-looking developments and new perspectives in dealing with complex data centers are welcome topics of OSDC. The international conference is especially adapted to experienced administrators and architects. CFP closes at January 31, 2019 12:01 UTC

Other Events

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.

Keep in Touch

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  • IRC - #rdo on Freenode.irc.net

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As always, thanks for being part of the RDO community!