At the recent OpenStack summit, we took our first test-drive of a new collaboration track, the OpenStack Forum. Set up similarly to the Design Sessions that were previously held at the Summit (and are now run at the Project Team Gathering, or PTG), the Forum gave developers, operators and users the chance to get together in a single space, share problems and solutions, and put their heads together for high-level planning for future releases.
Thanks for a super-productive #OpenStack Forum! We had awesome CP communication and Boston was amazing (i’ll be eating salads *all* week)
— Lance Bragstad (@LanceBragstad) May 12, 2017
From my first Forum session, where we discussed the future of base OpenStack service dependencies, it was clear to me that the Forum sessions would be highly informative and productive. In that particular session, we helped to reduce the complexity of maintaining database connectors by deciding to only support MySQL as the database for OpenStack projects. (You can catch up on all the Forum sessions via Etherpad, too.) Additionally, we added etcd version 3 as a dependency for managing global locks. These decisions were reached after a cross- community discussion between developers, operators, and users.
Happy to see how the Forum, by removing invisible barriers, is getting users more directly involved in OpenStack upstream design/development
— Thierry Carrez (@tcarrez) May 10, 2017
In other satisfying Forum sessions, we worked out road maps for future interoperability programs, publishing OpenStack container artifacts to external locations like Docker Hub and established an initial plan for building out our community relations and outreach with the Kubernetes community.
OpenStack Boston Forum – level up!
— Hieu LE (@hieu_lq) May 8, 2017
When I wasn’t attending the Forum, I went to several excellent sessions both in the OpenStack Summit programming and in the adjacent Open Source Days sessions. I came to Boston with nervous anticipation about the format changes and left with a deep sense of satisfaction. Indeed, the Boston OpenStack Summit and Forum were some of the best Summits I’ve ever attended.
— Shamail Tahir (@ShamailXD) May 8, 2017
I headed home full of excitement about the work ahead for myself and the rest of the community. I feel that with this event we’ve curated an environment where every representative, no matter what their role, has a chance to impact the future and quality of the software and our community.
Chris Hoge is the OpenStack Foundation’s Interop engineer.