Meet OpenStack at FOSDEM 2016

The most important gathering of free software and open source enthusiasts in Europe is coming on Jan 30-31, in Brussels and OpenStack will have a table booth there, plus many talks. I look forward to go there to get the pulse on the open source community regarding the abolition of Safe Harbor provision, and how…

Developing apps on OpenStack is still too complicated

Yesterday’s meeting with the OpenStack App Developer Working Group proved that new developers approaching OpenStack enter a system designed to make them fail. The community seems to be distracted to uncover new problems while the old and known problems are not being addressed. I’m running for a seat on OpenStack Foundation Board: if you care…

What is an OpenStack Powered Compute?

The OpenStack Technical Committee voted a resolution suggesting to the OpenStack Board to modify the definition of “OpenStack Powered Compute” to include statements such as An `OpenStack Powered Compute`_ Cloud MUST be able to boot a Linux Guest This is quite a change in OpenStack DefCore efforts, since as Rob says The fundamental premise of…

Balancing IRC and email, the secret of success for open collaboration

Are seasoned contributors to OpenStack giving too much importance to IRC, and is that creating bad side effects in other areas of the community? Since I started contributing more to working groups outside of the OpenStack upstream contributor community, I noticed that email is used in a limited way, with a couple of lists having…

Why OpenStack should stop tracking its Net Promoter Score

TL;DR because it makes no sense for OpenStack and it provides too much distraction at a time when the Foundation should focus on addressing more specific and actionable concerns tied to its mission “to inform the roadmap based on user’s opinions and deployment choices.” I’d like the OpenStack community to focus on the fundamental issues…

The hard life of OpenStack application developers

I’m starting to feel the pain of developers attempting to write applications on top of OpenStack clouds: it hurts, and I haven’t come anywhere close to doing anything special. I started following the getting started tutorial for First App Application For OpenStack (faafo) and I gut stuck on step 1, authentication. There are way too…

So long OpenStack community, see you soon

Let’s call it a “ciao” and not an “addio.” After almost four years (un)managing the OpenStack community, I have decided to move on and join DreamHost’s team to lead the marketing efforts of the DreamCloud. The past three years and 10 months have been amazing: I’ve joined a community of about 300 upstream contributors and…

OpenStack is as start-up friendly as anything

I read someone complaining about OpenStack being not friendly enough to startups one time too many. Latest post by Rob Hirschfeld 10 ways to make OpenStack more Start-up Friendly made me want to respond. I just can’t stand the Greek chorus of complaints, especially from someone who sits on the board and can actually push…

Tips to improve organizations contributing to OpenStack

The slides of my presentation at OpenStack Summit in Paris 2014 (download ODP source, 9M). [slideshare id=HlPbjgEp1l7esC&w=476&h=400&fb=0&mw=0&mh=0&style=border: 1px solid #CCC; border-width: 1px; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%;&sc=no] How Big Companies Contribute to OpenStack from Stefano Maffulli And the sessions’ recording: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXuadpEhk8]

How is your OpenStack team organized?

I’ve been collecting a lot of good insights talking to directors and managers about how their companies are organized to contribute to OpenStack. For geographic reasons I have mostly gathered comments from people between San Francisco and Silicon Valley and I’d like to expand the research. I’m especially interested in learning about internal processes, system…