November 2019 RDO Community Newsletter

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Do you hear that whistle? ALL ABOARD!! This month we're celebrating the release of the latest OpenStack RDO release cycle, Train, diving head first into the next release cycle, Ussuri, and zooming off to Shanghai in the process.

Housekeeping Items

Are You Attending Project Teams Gathering in Shanghai? We Want To Hear From YOU!

Rain Leander is attending Open Infrastructure Summit and Project Teams Gathering in Shanghai and will conduct interviews on Friday 08 November in room Liberty. If you're keen and able, she'd love to talk with you.

These interviews have several purposes. Please consider all of the following when thinking about what you might want to say in your interview:

  • Tell the users/customers/press what you've been working on in Train
  • Give them some idea of what's (what might be?) coming in Ussuri
  • Put a human face on the OpenStack project and encourage new participants to join us
  • You're welcome to promote your company's involvement in OpenStack but we ask that you avoid any kind of product pitches or job recruitment

In the interview I'll ask some leading questions and it'll go easier if you've given some thought to them ahead of time:

  • Who are you? (Your name, your employer, and the project(s) on which you are active.)
  • What did you accomplish in Train? (Focus on the 2-3 things that will be most interesting to cloud operators)
  • What do you expect to be the focus in Ussuri? (At the time of your interview, it may be that the meetings will not yet have decided anything firm. That's ok.)
  • Anything further about the project(s) you work on or the OpenStack community in general.

Finally, note that there are only 15 interview slots available, so please consider coordinating with your project to designate the people that you want to represent the project, so that we don't end up with 12 interview about Neutron, or whatever. It's fine to have multiple people in one interview - Maximum 3, probably.

Interview slots are 30 minutes, in which time we hope to capture somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes of content. It's fine to run shorter, but 15 minutes is probably an ideal length.

RDO Changes

All Aboard The RDO OpenStack Train!

The RDO community is pleased to announce the general availability of the RDO build for OpenStack Train for RPM-based distributions, CentOS Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. RDO is suitable for building private, public, and hybrid clouds. Train is the 20th release from the OpenStack project, which is the work of more than 1115 contributors from around the world.

The release is already available on the CentOS mirror network at While we normally also have the release available via and - there have been issues with the mirror network which is currently being addressed via

The RDO community project curates, packages, builds, tests and maintains a complete OpenStack component set for RHEL and CentOS Linux and is a member of the CentOS Cloud Infrastructure SIG. The Cloud Infrastructure SIG focuses on delivering a great user experience for CentOS Linux users looking to build and maintain their own on-premise, public or hybrid clouds.

All work on RDO and on the downstream release, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, is 100% open source, with all code changes going upstream first.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, RDO Train provides packages for CentOS7 only. We plan to move RDO to use CentOS8 as soon as possible during Ussuri development cycle so Train will be the last release working on CentOS7.

Now Availalbe On The Lists: Weekly Reports

Get the latest promotion, dependency, package, and other RDO updates straight from Red Hat engineering sent to both users@ and dev@ mailing lists. These are some fairly technical updates, but I’m sure if you asked for clarification directly on the list, via IRC or on, we’re happy to help.

For example, one of the latest emails sent 28 October 2019 included:


  • Latest promotions (TripleO CI) for Stein from 23rd October, Train from 23rd October and Master from 22nd October.
  • Jobs (both weirdo and tripleo os_tempest jobs) are facing issues due to issues with, it’s too slow to respond. Weirdo ones are worked to cache the image to avoid issues with download and fallback to download via https (which seems much more reliable).
  • Master and Stein are facing intermittent issues due to performance and deployment getting timed out, currently being worked upon to improve it.

Deps Update

  • Work in progress to update OVN and OpenVswitch to 2.12 in master and Train
  • Podman is being updated to 1.6.1 and buildah to 1.11.3 in master


  • Unnecessary BuildRequires python-d2to1 is removed from all projects in master and Train:-
  • According to TripleO Upgrades team, tripleo-heat-templates-compat is not longer required for upgrades. Package removal will be proposed in master and train.


We won’t be publishing those updates here in the newsletter every month - as you can imagine with a weekly update, it gets quite verbose after a full month - but if you’re keen to see them, be sure to subscribe to either the dev or users lists.

Community News

Community Meetings

Every Tuesday at 13:30 UTC, we have a weekly TripleO CI community meeting on with the agenda on The TripleO CI meeting focuses on a group of people focusing on Continuous Integration tooling and system who would like to provide a comprehensive testing framework that is easily reproducible for TripleO contributors. This framework should also be consumable by other CI systems (OPNFV, RDO, vendor CI, etc.), so that TripleO can be tested the same way everywhere. This is NOT a place for TripleO usage questions, rather, check out the next meeting listed just below.

Every Tuesday at 14:00 UTC, immediately following the TripleO CI meeting is the weekly TripleO Community meeting on the #TripleO channel on Freenode IRC. The agenda for this meeting is posted each week in a public etherpad. This is for addressing anything to do with TripleO, including usage, feature requests, and bug reports.

Every Wednesday at 15:00 UTC, we have a 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

Explore the Ussuri River

OpenStack Train is released, but OpenStack development continues! Project teams are already planning work for the Ussuri cycle, which should result in a final release on May 13, 2020. Some of that planning will happen at the Project Teams Gathering in Shanghai.

Python 2.7 Sails Away Soon

Remember that OpenStack Train is the last release tested on Python 2.7, and future releases will require newer Python 3 interpreters. Refer to OpenStack's list of Tested Runtimes to find out more.

OpenStack Governance Updates

If you’re interested in what happened in OpenStack governance recently, please read the summary that Rico Lin posted to the openstack-discuss mailing-list.

Become a Certified OpenStack Administrator

Interested in becoming a Certified OpenStack Administrator? The OpenStack Foundation is collaborating with Mirantis who has stepped up to donate resources, including the administration of the vendor-neutral OpenStack certification exam now running on OpenStack Rocky. Register to take the COA today!

Recent and Upcoming Events

Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai

There’s a lot happening in and around Open Infrastructure Summit Shanghai! Here are a few highlights:

  • Let’s Celebrate At Open Infrastructure Summit we’ll once again gather together to celebrate OpenStack with the Ansible community. Please register and join us at Ansible + RDO Celebration of OpenStack on Wednesday night!
  • RDO-Specific Talks We’re gathering a list of RDO-specific talks that will be happening at OpenInfrastructure Summit Shanghai. 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 above, we’re looking for volunteers to spend time answering questions at the RDO booth. Please consider signing up for a shift.

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.

  • Open Source Festival Lagos Nigeria 20-22 February 2020 Open Source Community Africa is a community aimed at creating and supporting the open source movement within Africa. As a community, we intend to help integrate the act of open source contribution in African developers while strongly advocating the movement of free and open source software. OSCA is proud to announce a 3-day festival tagged Open Source Festival to be held in Lagos, Nigeria. CFP closes 02 December 2019 11:41 UTC

  • DevOpsDays Prague 2020 Prague Czech Republic 18 March 2020 DevOpsDays Prague 2020 will be the first occurence of this volunteer-driven worldwide series in the Czech Republic. It will take place on March 18-19 (with possible extension to 17th for workshops) at City Conference Center. We are excited to bring this technical conference covering topics of Cloud Native, Containers and Microservices, Lean and DevOps approach to the heart of Europe. CFP closes 31 December 2019 00:12 UTC

  • Codemotion Amsterdam Tech Conference Amsterdam Netherlands 27-28 May 2020 Codemotion Amsterdam Tech Conference is looking forward to paper proposals related to the following topics: Software Architectures Serverless Game Dev DevOps Mobile Languages Cloud Cybersecurity Blockchain IoT AI/Machine Learning Inspirational Diversity in Tech Front-End Dev Design/UX Voice & Digital Assistants IT Careers. Submissions that do not fit into these categories are also welcome, provided that they are relevant or inspirational for the tech community. CFP closes 15 November 2019 00:10 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

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


Mailing Lists

IRC on

  • RDO Project #rdo
  • TripleO #tripleo
  • CentOS Cloud SIG #centos-devel

Social Media

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