“There is nothing like a user to say the obvious thing and tell you what you’re doing wrong and what you’re doing great.”

There’s a lot going on in the OpenStack community and it’s easy to get lost in the noise. We’ve collected the top stories and conversations you need to know about this week. From the latest OpenStack resources to news about users, we share the content you need to stay up to date.

Automating the cloud: OpenStack orchestration

By: Ram Lakshminarayanan

While installation and configuration of OpenStack clouds can be outwardly complex, there are a number of open source cloud orchestration tools available to help make the process easier.

7 new tips, tricks, and tutorials for OpenStack

By: Jason Baker

This monthly roundup of top "how to" resources for OpenStack includes a guide on choosing the right provider, easy instructions for truncating your log files, and integrating custom code using Nova hooks.

The state of OpenStack’s community, according to the Foundation’s head #OpenStackSV

By: Maria Deutscher

Jonathan Bryce spoke with Silicon Angle on the growth and state of the OpenStack community, including the challenges that come with managing the rapidly growing project.

eBay, PayPal breakup an OpenStack private cloud split too

By: Larry Dignan

eBay and PayPal, both OpenStack users, are splitting into independent companies next year. They’ll also have to separate their cloud infrastructures, a test for OpenStack’s flexibility.

OpenStack Juno Mid-Cycle Policy Summit

By: Sean Roberts

This is an in-depth recap of the mid-cycle policy summit held last month, including a summary of the discussions and the actions that came out of the meeting.

>”There is nothing like a user to say the obvious thing and tell you what you’re doing wrong and what you’re doing great.” — Jonathan Bryce in [SiliconAngle](http://siliconangle.com/blog/2014/09/30/the-state-of-openstacks-community-according-to-the-foundations-head-openstacksv/)

>”I believe open source software really has the power to equalize and provide opportunities to those who may not have had the resources otherwise.” –Elizabeth K. Joseph, an Automation and Tools Engineer at HP in an interview with [opensource.com](http://opensource.com/business/14/10/interview-elizabeth-joseph-hp-openstack)

> “Rather than celebrating being #1, we should all celebrate the diversity of our community and our contributors.” — Thierry Carrez on his blog, [ttx:reloaded](http://ttx.re/largest-openstack-contributor.html)

> “As you can see from the popularity of OpenStack, and the need to educate ourselves on the use-cases for it, this a great time to get involved.” — Melissa Palmer on her blog, [vmiss.net](http://vmiss.net/openstack/why-you-should-be-learning-about-openstack/)

We feature user conversations throughout the week, so tweet, blog, or [email us](mailto:[email protected]) your thoughts!