January 2015 RDO Community Newsletter
Thanks for being part of the RDO community.
2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting year for RDO, and for
OpenStack in general. In this first newsletter of the year, we'd like
to talk about some of what's coming this year.
* Quick Start - http://openstack.redhat.com/quickstart
* Mailing Lists - https://openstack.redhat.com/Mailing_lists
* RDO packages -
* RDO blog - http://rdoproject.org/blog
* Q&A - http://ask.openstack.org/
* RDO and CentOS
We've been talking for a long time about the relationship between RDO
and CentOS. CentOS is where you get the best experience with RDO,
because it's where it's getting the most testing. It's the perfect
platform to do your testing and proof of concept installs. Then, when
you're ready to go to production, you can stick with CentOS, or, if
you want a supported enterprise platform, the transition to RHEL is a
is a simple one because of how close it is to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
In the last few weeks of 2014, we strengthened that relationship with
CentOS in several ways, largely as a result of conversations in Paris,
at the OpenStack Summit in November.
The first of these shifts is that we've moved the CI (Continuous
Integration) effort to the CentOS community, where we can get a wider
involvement in the process from people outside of Red Hat. So,
starting early this year, you'll find RDO testing happening on
http://ci.centos.org/ so that we're always certain that everything is
working on this important platform.
Then, at our meeting in Paris, many people said that the packaging
effort needed to be entirely in the open, whereas we'd been doing some
of it "behind the wall" at Red Hat. So we're moving the RDO packaging
effort into the CentOS CBS - the Community Build System. You can read
more about the CBS at
http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/CommunityBuildSystem and you can read
our documentation about packaging RDO at
http://openstack.redhat.com/packaging/ We need your feedback about
this document, and your experiences as you try it out, so that we can
improve that process, and get more people involved in packaging RDO.
And, as an umbrella for these efforts, we're working to create a Cloud
Infrastructure SIG to coordinate the efforts of packaging OpenStack,
and other cloud infrastructures, on the CentOS platform, as well as
the interactions with other SIGs to ensure interoperability, so that
people running CentOS can use all of these various things together
seamlessly. You can read more about the Cloud SIG effort at
http://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/Cloud and expect that to
progress rapidly in the coming weeks and months.
* Juno, Kilo, L___
In October 2014, OpenStack Juno was released, and the OpenStack Summit
in Paris focuses on planning for the next release, code-named Kilo.
On April 30th, OpenStack Kilo will be released -
https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/Kilo_Release_Schedule - featuring many
significant improvements that were planned at the OpenStack Summit in
Paris. Starting in February of this year, expect a series of posts
by various OpenStack engineers telling you what will be coming in
Then, in May (18th - 22nd), we'll be gathering in Vancouver for the
OpenStack Summit,/ where work will begin on the 'L' version. You'll
find some preliminary information about the event at
If you're looking for RDO enthusiasts, we'll be at lots of other
events, too, including:
* FOSDEM - http://fosdem.org/ where we're hoping to find a room
for an RDO community meetup. While you're there, drop by the
CentOS table, and the OpenStack table, as well as the numerous
other great community projects that will be represented. January
31 and February 1, in Brussels, Belgium.
* SCALE - The Southern California Linux Expo -
http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale13x , February 19-22 in Los
* Meetups - there are dozens of OpenStack meetups every week,
around the world. Some of these include deep technical content,
while others are primarily social in nature. These informal
gatherings are the best place to get together with other
OpenStack enthusiasts and discuss the daily struggle. If you're
presenting at a Meetup, please let me know so that I can help
you get the word out to the community. And if you attend an
OpenStack meetup, we'd like to hear about your experience, and
what you learned. Find meetups in your area at
http://meetup.com/ or look for our weekly meetup announcements
on the rdo-list mailing list.
As you're no doubt aware, the very best place to ask questions about
OpenStack is the site that says it in its name -
http://ask.openstack.org/ We've long encouraged RDO users to ask
their questions there, because it gives a wider pool of experts to
answer the questions. Also, since RDO is a packaging of OpenStack,
without any changes or patches, most of the questions that you might
ask about it are, in fact, questions about upstream OpenStack.
It's also a great way to sharpen your own expertise, by trying to
answer the questions that you know something about, or identify
questions that have already been answered, and direct the asker to the
answer that's already been provided.
If you're interested in being on the list of people that I contact
with unanswered questions, please let me know, along with what topics
you'd like to be contacted for. This helps us get people's questions
answered quickly without you having to check the site every day.
* Keep in touch
There's lots of ways to stay in in touch with what's going in in the
RDO community. The best ways are ...
* Follow us on Twitter - http://twitter.com/rdocommunity
* Google+ - http://tm3.org/rdogplus
* Facebook - http://facebook.com/rdocommunity
* rdo-list mailing list -
* This newsletter -
* RDO Q&A - http://ask.openstack.org/
* IRC - #rdo on Freenode.irc.net
Finally, remember that the OpenStack User Survey is always open, so
every time you deploy a new OpenStack cloud, go update your records at
https://www.openstack.org/user-survey/ so that, when Vancouver rolls
around, we have a clearer picture of the OpenStack usage out in the
Thanks again for being part of the RDO community!
Rich Bowen - rbowen(a)redhat.com
OpenStack Community Liaison