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OpenStack Community Weekly Newsletter (Jan 18 – 25)


   Highlights of the week

     Project Incubation Process Update is Underway

Alan Clark, Chairman of the Board, wrote about the effort to improve the existing open source incubation process for OpenStack. This is one of the most important processes kickstarted by the OpenStack Foundation whose objective is to help ensure that projects receive the focus, visibility and resources needed to be successful via a fair, equitable and open process.

     Introducing the User Committee

Speaking of important processes, here is another one you should pay attention to: the OpenStack User Committee whose role is to represent the needs of the diverse range of OpenStack users. For those of you who would like to help define this committee, please look at the points to review <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yD8TfqUik2dt5xo_jMVHMl7tw9oIJnEndLK8YqEToyo/edit> document and post your thoughts to the OpenStack foundation mailing list <http://lists.openstack.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/foundation>.

     Debugging OpenStack with pycharm and pydevd

The story of a conversion, that of John Bresnahan <https://tropicaldevel.wordpress.com/> from being a strictly /vi/ user, developing C code and debugging with gdb, to an avid user of pycharm. This is a story of lost productivity of a once Luddite converted to IDE and of how he got to appreciate remote debugging via pydevd.

     Technical Committee & Grizzly Update

While we wait for the final release of OpenStack Grizzly, here is a teaser of what’s coming up, with other updates from the OpenStack Technical Committee. Read it together with the Motion on Technical Committee membership for Spring 2013 session <http://markmail.org/message/cozzeh2yph6mayhp>.

     Let’s Get this Started!

And ‘this’ is the Outreach Program for Women, coordinated by GNOME, with OpenStack as one of ten participating organizations: we’ve added a few more ladies to the OpenStack contributors starting line this month.

 * Laura Alves da Quinta (http://ladquin.dreamwidth.org/), Buenos
   Aires, Argentina – working on Documentation with Anne Gentle
 * Anita Kuno (http://anteaya.info/), Haliburton, Ontario, Canada,
   working on Python Clients with Iccha Sethi
 * Victoria Martínez de la Cruz (http://vmartinezdelacruz.com/), Bahía
   Blanca, Argentina working on Horizon’s Workflows with Julie Pichon

We are seeking sponsorships to bring all of them to the OpenStack Summit in Portland in April. If you are interested please contact Anne Gentle at anne.gentle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:anne.gentle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>. For a few thousand dollars, we can learn from them as much as they are learning from us. A great opportunity for some great interns!

     On-disk encryption prototype for OpenStack Swift

A few months ago, Mirantis engineers described the design of on-disk per-user encryption <http://www.mirantis.com/blog/openstack-swift-encryption-architecture/> of objects in Swift. They released a first working prototype of this feature. It’s still very basic at the moment, but most of its components are pluggable and can be enhanced or replaced with more advanced versions. Code on Github <https://github.com/Mirantis/swift-encrypt>.

   Tips and tricks

 * By Sébastien Han <http://sebastien-han.fr/>: OpenStack Nova and
   availability zones
 * By Anthony Goddard <http://ops.anthonygoddard.com/>: Demystifying
   OpenStack Folsom quotas
 * By Adam Young <http://adam.younglogic.com/>: A SQL upgrade script in
   Keystone <http://adam.younglogic.com/2013/01/sql-upgrade-keystone/>
 * By Julien Danjou <http://julien.danjou.info/blog/>: Extending Swift
   with middleware: example with ClamAV

   Upcoming Events

 * OpenStack Mini-Conf at Linux Conf Australia
   <https://lca2013.linux.org.au/wiki/Miniconfs/OpenStack>Jan 29, 2013
   – Canberra, Australia Details
 * Chicago-land Open “Stackers”, Lets Meet!
   <http://www.meetup.com/meetup-group-NjZdcegA/events/100295502/> Jan
   31, 2013 – Chicago, IL Details
 * OpenStack da zero
   Jan 31, 2013 – Roma, Italy Details
 * FOSDEM’13 <https://fosdem.org/2013/schedule/track/cloud/> Feb 02 –
   03, 2013 – Bruxelles, Belgium Cloud track
 * OpenStack Mini-Conf at gnuNify
   <http://gnunify.in/2013/event/OpenStack_Mini_Conf> Feb 15, 2013 –
   Pune, India Details <http://gnunify.in/2013/event/OpenStack_Mini_Conf>
 * Second Swiss OpenStack User Group Meeting
   <http://www.meetup.com/zhgeeks/events/97648722/> Feb 19, 2013 –
   Zurich, Switzerland Details
 * SCALE 11x <https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale11x/> Feb 22 – 24,
   2013 – Los Angeles, CA Details
 * Pulse 2013
   <https://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse/agenda/index.html> Mar
   03 – 06, 2013 – Las Vegas, NV Details
 * OpenStack Day Tokyo 2013 <http://openstack.jp/events/osdt2013.html>
   Mar 12, 2013 – Tokyo, Japan Details
 * OpenStack Developers Meetup
   <http://www.meetup.com/openstack-atlanta/> Feb 21, 2013 – Atlanta,
   GA Details <http://www.meetup.com/openstack-atlanta/>
 * OpenStack Israel <http://www.openstack.org/> May 27, 2013 –
   Tel-Aviv, Israel Coming Soon <http://www.openstack.org/>

   Report from previous events

 * Report: January month OpenStack meetup,Bangalore, India

   Other news

 * Swift 1.7.6 and python-swiftclient 1.3.0 released
 * Poll: “H” release cycle naming
 * OpenStack Board of Directors Talks: Episode 5 with Yujie Du (Ben),
   Community Development Director at 99cloud
 * OpenStack Fedora news – 2013-01-23
 * Unidata demoed virtual desktops based on OpenStack
 * Call for testing: 2012.2.3 candidate tarballs
 * Swift team started discussing next generation API
   <http://wiki.openstack.org/SwiftNextAPI> and ideas for a sprint at
   PyCon2013 <http://wiki.openstack.org/Sprints/PyCon2013>
 * OpenStack Project Meeting: Summary
   and full logs

   Welcome new contributors

Celebrating the first patches submitted this week by:

 * Wenhao Xu
 * gtt116
 * Spencer Krum, Portland State University
 * Mat Grove
 * Burt Holzman, Fermilab
 * Chet Burgess, Metacloud

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