Archive for February, 2016

Lwood-20160228

Introduction

Welcome to Last week on OpenStack Dev (“Lwood”) for the week just past. For more background on Lwood, please refer here.

Basic Stats for week 22 to 28 February 2016:

  • ~635 Messages (up about 9% relative to last week)
  • ~194 Unique threads (up about 4% relative to last week)

A busier week and one that includes of the longest threads I’ve seen thus far – 95 messages and counting in the discussion around separating the design summit. More on that thread below :)

Notable Discussions

A proposal to separate the Design and Conference parts of Summit

In this post Thierry Carrez puts forward a well reasoned proposal to separate the Design and general Conference parts of the OpenStack Summit.

At 95 messages and counting it is predictably becoming quite a long but I think largely constructive thread, the general consensus seems to be towards this being a good idea. What remains a little unclear is how this might play out in practice for people – will the split mean an extra couple of trips a year, or the same number of trips but slightly different foci to them ?

Thierry provides a helpful summary of the discussion so far as it stood towards the end of the week in this email. Mike Perez gives an excellent summary of the thread as at the time of his weekly digest in this message.

Giving the tox/pytest Sprint a helping hand

In this email Ryan Brown draws attention to the IndieGoGo campaign to help raise funds for the tox/pytest sprint planned for late June in Freiburg, Germany.

The funds raised go directly towards covering the costs of the core attendees – Ryan commends individuals to contribute as well as suggesting its something the OpenStack Foundation might wish to pitch in towards.

State of Fernet tokens in Keystone

Adam Young gives a quick update on the state of Fernet tokens in Keystone – something a bunch of folk seem to either be counting on or are at least interested in, including a couple of my erstwhile colleagues at the office :)

The tests that fail at least seem to be understood based on the comments that follow, so looks like we’re in reasonable shape!

Two additions to the Big Tent

Two additions to the Big Tent were announced last week, Dragonflow (a distributed SDN controller) and Kuryr (a networking/integration bridge between Docker and Neutron)  Thanks to Eran Gampel and Gal Sagle respectively for the update.

New cross project meetings for Quotas WG

Following up some recent interest around cross project initiatives for Quotas, Nikhil Komawar writes of upcoming cross project meetings to gather interested minds around this work.

Know your audience – release notes

Doug Hellmann kicked off an interesting thread later in the week reminding all of the need to consider who your audience is when putting release notes together. Doug notes there are at least three potential audiences for release notes – Developers consuming libraries or other code directly, Deployers and operators; End-users.  All have different needs when it comes to release notes, albeit with a fair amount of overlap.  A worthwhile thread to review and feedback is as always welcomed.

Some Midcycle and Ops Summit Summaries

It’s Ops and Midcycle season (!) – here some summaries that drifted by last week – apologies for any missed.

Upcoming OpenStack Events

Unless I missed it (certainly possible in 195+ threads) no new events came up on the list this week. Don’t forget the OpenStack Foundation’s comprehensive Events Page for a comprehensive list!

People and Projects

Further Reading & Miscellanea

Don’t forget these excellent sources of OpenStack news

This edition of Lwood brought to you by Bruce Hornsby (Hot House) amongst other tunes.

 

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Lwood-20160221

Introduction

Welcome to Last week on OpenStack Dev (“Lwood”) for the week just past. For more background on Lwood, please refer here.

Basic Stats for week 15 to 21 February 2016:

  • ~583 Messages (up about 17% relative to last week)
  • ~187 Unique threads (up about 13% relative to last week)

After a quieter week last week, this week we’re back to the same levels as the week prior to that, within a couple of messages/threads in fact.  A shorter Lwood too.

Notable Discussions

OpenStack Contributor Awards

Tom Fifield writes to announce a new round of community awards from the OpenStack Foundation which will be presented at the feedback session of the Summit.  Intended to be a community led award that recognises areas of the community that sometimes go a little unnoticed, the Foundation is actively seeking nominees – have a think about your peers and colleagues and give someone a nod! :)

Do we need lock fencing ?

So asks Josh Harlow in this post to the list.  While I don’t normally put deeper development related topics in Lwood this one came a little closer to home than most and provides an interesting if technical insight into why Distributed Programming is Difficult™

Dust off your Comp. Sci. memories and have a read of Josh’s post and the two articles he links to :)

Limiting the number of Core reviewer by company ?

Late in the week Steve Dake kicked off an interesting thread where he asks whether there is a need to avoid a future situation where any one company has a majority of core reviewers on a project.  He cites Kolla and the large footprint of both Mirantis and Red Hat as an example for consideration.

The general direction of the thread at this early stage seems to be that there probably isn’t a need to artificially limit things – default to trust, assume good will on the part of the individuals involved being a recurring theme.  A thread worth a read :)

Some Midcycle Summaries

It’s Midcycle season (!) – here some summaries that drifted by last week – apologies for any missed.

Upcoming OpenStack Events

Some of the OpenStack related events that cropped up on the mailing list this past week.  Don’t forget the OpenStack Foundation’s comprehensive Events Page for a comprehensive list!

Midcycles & Sprints

People and Projects

Further Reading & Miscellanea

Don’t forget these excellent sources of OpenStack news

This edition of Lwood brought to you by Black Country Communion (Afterglow) amongst other tunes.

 

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Lwood-20160214

Introduction

Welcome to Last week on OpenStack Dev (“Lwood”) for the week just past. For more background on Lwood, please refer here.

Basic Stats for week 8 to 15 February 2016:

  • ~496 Messages (down about 15% relative to last week)
  • ~165 Unique threads (down about 11% relative to last week)

A bit of a quieter week this week – maybe a fair chunk of the community were recovering from a sportsball match in the US ? :)

Notable Discussions

Time to separate Design Summits from OpenStack conferences ? – Part 2

As mentioned in Lwood last week, Jay Pipes kicked off a thread that suggested that perhaps the time has come to separate the OpenStack Design Summits from the more commercially oriented aspects of the Conference. The discussion continued apace throughout the week with many views being put forth.

One of the more significant messages was an email early in the week from Thierry Carrez where he flagged that he was working with the Foundation towards a strawman proposal that addressed, amongst other things, this very matter. He concluded with “So please stand by while we finalize that: I think you will like the end result.” :)

Why WADL when you can Swagger ?

Anne Gentle provides an excellent summary of the progress in improving application developer information on developer.openstack.org In among the provided info, a request for review from the community.  Check it out :)

Request for review of the Neutron Security Guide

Kevin Benton penned a short email asking for broader review of the Neutron Security guide – it’s been around a while and the security team would like to know if it’s still up to date and relevant.

What’s going on in Swift

John’s Dickinson’s email provides a nice summary of the current goings on in Swift from the perspective of the projects developers.  Worth a quick read if you’re a Swift user :)

Update on live migration priority for Nova

Paul Murray wrote up a precis on the state of work on live migration for Nova. Given the focus on “Enterpriseness” for OpenStack this cycle – important work and good to see things proceeding apace.

Upcoming OpenStack Events

Some of the OpenStack related events that cropped up on the mailing list this past week.  Don’t forget the OpenStack Foundation’s comprehensive Events Page for a comprehensive list!

Midcycles & Sprints

People and Projects

Further Reading & Miscellanea

Don’t forget these excellent sources of OpenStack news

 

This edition of Lwood brought to you by Eric Clapton (August), Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head (Various Artists) amongst other tunes.

 

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Lwood-20160207

Introduction

Welcome to Last week on OpenStack Dev (“Lwood”) for the week ending 7 February 2016. For more background on Lwood, please refer here.

Basic Stats for week 1 to 7 February 2016:

  • ~585 Messages (down about 6% relative to last week)
  • ~185 Unique threads (up about 4% relative to last week)

Steady as it goes this week pretty much.

Notable Discussions

Review requested for Rolling Upgrades and Updates user story

Kenny Johnston writes on behalf of the Product Working Group seeking feedback/additional reviews on a user story that discusses Rolling Updates and Upgrades.  If you’re working on or interested in improving upgrades please comment whether you’re a user or developer or both.  Given the importance of upgrades/updates for the OpenStack community (users and developers alike) this is a conversation worth joining :)

What makes it “Open” enough for OpenStack ?

Thierry Carrez kicked off a long but interesting thread where he opines “…If you need proprietary software or a commercial entity to fully use the functionality of a project or getting serious about it, then it should not be accepted in OpenStack as an official project…”  Thierry’s post and the discourse that follows is an intriguing and (generally!) well thought out discussion around this knotty topic.

Doug Hellman notes early in the thread that there is a more concrete case being considered at present in the form of the Poppy Project – a project that provides an Open Source front end/API to otherwise commercial services.

Well worth a read, particularly if you work for commercial entity that provides OpenStack related services and contribute resources to same.

The Trouble With Names

Sean Dague posted a thought provoking piece on the difficulty with names in OpenStack.  This in the context of project names (e.g. “nova”), common/generic names (e.g. “compute”) as well as namespaces in code repositories and elsewhere.

A lengthy discussion ensued with a general agreement that there was a need to do better, slightly less consensus on how that might achieved.

My impression and certainly my own experience is that many newcomers to OpenStack struggle with the “in joke” nature of some names in the early days and so it becomes part of the barrier to entry during that crucial period.  Please take a read of the thread and throw your views into the mix if you’re so inclined :)

Time to separate Design Summits from OpenStack conferences ?

In what looks like it will become a busy thread this week, Jay Pipes posits that perhaps the time has come to separate the OpenStack Design Summits from the more commercially oriented aspects of the Conference.

An interesting dialog follows with folk speaking for and against, but invariably constructively about the idea. James Bottomley is one of a number of folk who contributed to the discussion – he gives an interesting perspective from the experiences of the Linux Foundation and broader Linux community.

New API Guidelines for cross project review

From Michael McCune one new API guideline up for cross project review – “Must not return server-side tracebacks”

OpenStack Mentoring

Mike Perez followed up last weeks post with more details about the OpenStack Mentoring program and the importance of same to growing the OpenStack community.  if you’re interested in helping out, or finding a mentor yourself, Mike’s post has the details.

Further DocImpact Changes

Lana Brindley gave an update on changes to the behaviour of the DocImpact script.  The result of this most recent set of changes is to revert the earlier tweaks and in so doing shift the responsibility for triage of incoming DocImpact changes into the project teams themselves.  More details in Lana’s post or here.

Upcoming OpenStack Events

Some of the OpenStack related events that cropped up on the mailing list this past week.  Don’t forget the OpenStack Foundation’s comprehensive Events Page for a comprehensive list!

Midcycles & Sprints

People and Projects

Further Reading & Miscellanea

Don’t forget these excellent sources of OpenStack news

This edition of Lwood brought to you by Joe Walsh (Funk 49-50) and Booker T Jones (Live, The Road from Memphis, Potato Hole) amongst other tunes.

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Lwood-20160131

Introduction

Welcome to Last week on OpenStack Dev (“Lwood”) for the week ending 31 January 2016. For more background on Lwood, please refer here.

Basic Stats for week 25 to 31 January 2016:

  • ~623 Messages (up about 24% relative to last week)
  • ~178 Unique threads (down about 3% relative to last week)

Messages up a fair bit, threads pretty flat this week…

Notable Discussions

New OpenStack Security Notices (OSSN 0060)

Glance configuration option can lead to privilege escalation (OSSN 0060)

From the summary “Glance exposes a configuration option called `use_user_token` in the configuration file `glance-api.conf`.  It should be noted that the default setting (`True`) is secure. If, however, the setting is changed to `False` and valid admin credentials are supplied in the following section (`admin_user` and `admin_password`), Glance API commands will be executed with admin privileges regardless of the intended privilege level of the calling user.”

More information and discussion in the original post or the OSSN itself.

Upstream University

Mike Perez announced a call for mentors and mentees to be involved in the upcoming Austin summits’ Upstream University. A feature of summits since Paris, this well attended and well regarded event provides an opportunity for developers new to OpenStack to “learn the ropes” in a friendly and supportive environment.  If you’re interested in assisting or attending, please sign up here indicating which you wish to do (mentor or mentee!)

Help improve the User Portal

Pieter Kruithof Jr noted that the UX group are seeking people who are “developing, testing and deploying apps to the cloud” for interviews.  The intent is to improve the end user information available through the User Portal to the benefit of all developers.

Upcoming OpenStack Events

A summary of OpenStack related events that cropped up on the mailing list this past week.  Don’t forget the OpenStack Foundation’s excellent Events Page for a comprehensive list!

Midcycles & Sprints

People and Projects

Further Reading & Miscellanea

Don’t forget these excellent sources of OpenStack news

This edition of Lwood was prepared while sitting in of a few different sessions at linux.conf.au – so no tunes, but some great presentations and, admittedly, a shorter Lwood :)

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