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First attendance to TuleapCon 2017

2017/06/30

Today, I had been invited to attend TuleapCon 2017. Ok, nothing to do with the Open Source Summit (formerly LinuxCon) with regards to size 😉 And it was just one hour drive from Grenoble ! But it was focussing on the Tuleap ALM solution, and was proposing customer testimonies so I was tempted to attend. Also because I know the CTO of Enalean, Manuel Vacelet, who demonstrated Docker to me during an excellent meetup he was leading and I was sure that he would again be very interesting to hear him expose the technology they develop.

And I wasn’t wrong 🙂 Some 40 people attended the event, testimonies were given by Airbus, Orange, CEA, ST Microelectronics, each time with very large user base and different use cases demonstrating the versatility of the tool. Also some integration work with other tools were demonstrated and explained.

What is impressive, is that today you can find such a company developing a solution and proposing it under the GPL. It’s so rare it needs to be underlined, and the spirit of the team is obviously influenced positively by that. Then they have some strong advantages wrt other ALM I’ve been able either to use or to consider: the methodolgy used to develop the software is a parameter of Tuleap. So you can decide to use a waterfall approach or Scrum or Kanban (the last one was unknown to me but the virtual posti-it dashboard sems not only nice but effective). And the other impressive aspect is that they do not only talk about automation, but they’re paranoid about it, and that’s really nice to see at that point in operation for software development.

So is everything nice and shiny. Well yes, but as with every powerful tool, you need time to become comfortable with it. At least that was my impression after playing a bit with it. I’m sure you’ll get rewarded, and I’m looking at the possibility to replace my old trac instance with it to be able to go further in the automation on my own projects. Not for tomorrow, but something to add to the TODO list 😉 (and no, you don’t want to see that !!)

Another nice aspet is their Open Roadmap offering: In short it’s a mutualization process to get features developed. And that’s not only clever, but again efficient. Of course, you need some large corporations to sustain the model, but that will alow at the end even more sharing around their platform by the users. More companies should adopt that.

And it was also interesting to see the work they are doing with StackStorm to enable a smooth cooperation between many automation tools. I think our Alexandria idea should be moved to this framework and benefit from all the existing integration. We would “just” need to add an iTop package to StackStorm, and a Redfish one, and most of what we try to do would be there.

BTW, the idea of combining the iTop CMDB and the Tuleap ALM to have a fully software defined and automated data center is really an apealing one. Will try to make that happen somehow 😉

So great day, learned a lot, so a useful day, lots of new ideas in mind, definitely worth the time, and if you want to experiment yourself, then attend the RMLL next week and we can all talk together as they will be around as well as myself ! And the last idea would be to convince them to use Continuous Packaging for Tuleap with Project-Builder.org 😉

Meet at the Open Source Summit NA 2017

2017/06/26

Despite difficult times for HPE, I’m still supported by my management to continue to represent HPE during tier 1 Open Source events such as the Open Source Summit North America, held in Los Angeles from the 11th to the 14th of September. Well, of course, because I was accepted as a speaker again !

I’ll lead a round table to cover with panelists whether “Containers are the future of IaaS ?

So as usual, if you are around, I’ll happy to discuss with you around Open Source in general, and the projects I’m involved with in particular such as MondoRescue (yes, there will be a new version soon, now remains to see the definition of soon), project-builder.org (same thing), Redfish, containers, early music or more.

Le logiciel libre en marche ?

2017/06/09

En dehors de la musique ou de l’informatique, J’exprime ici de temps à autre une opinion liée à la politique. Et comme tout français, les élections m’intéressent. Alors je me suis renseigné avant la présidentielle sur le site En Marche, pour savoir leur position sur le logiciel libre, étant intéressé par le positionnement européen, un certain nombre des idées et le comportement du candidat lors des débats. Et bien qu’il y ait une pleine page consacrée au numérique, rien sur mon sujet favori 😦 J’ai envoyé un mail sur leur plate-forme mais n’ai pas reçu de réponse (je suppose que la demande était plus grande que la bande passante disponible pour répondre).

J’avais assisté en Mai à une très intéressante présentation d’Olivier Véran sur le programme, où j’avais été convaincu par les éléments (et notamment son raisonnement très clair sur le domaine de la santé qu’il connait visiblement très bien et les améliorations potentielles qu’on peut y faire), aussi bien que par le personnage, à l’image pour moi de celui qui n’était pas encore président. De plus, il a vraiment été actif à l’assemblée lors de son séjour comme suppléant de G. Fioraso.

Mais lorsque je lui avais de nouveau posé la question sur le positionnement d’En Marche sur le logiciel Libre, il n’avait pas pu me répondre (ce que j’avais trouvé plus honnête que de me mener en bateau !).

La campagne candidats.fr reprenant, j’ai regardé sur le site et constaté que comme souvent beaucoup de signataires étaient FI (60+), Verts, PC, Pirates, mais peu LREM (9 ce soir).

Donc, ce soir, je suis retourné à la réunion publique d’Olivier Véran qui se présente pour la première circonscription de l’Isère (réunion aussi intéressante que la précédente du reste au passage) et lui ai demandé s’il était prêt à signer le pacte du logiciel libre, après avoir resitué cette question.

Il m’a dit l’avoir vu passer dans ses mails, que son site en utilisait, que Mounir Mahjoubi, secrétaire d’État chargé du numérique en était un partisan également (mais tout le monde ne semble pas nécessairement d’accord avec cela) et qu’il était donc favorable au soutien. Il a immédiatement signé le pacte et j’ai envoyé une copie sur candidats.fr qui pourra ainsi mettre le site à jour. Qu’il en soit ici remercié !

Je pourrai donc maintenant le recontacter pour parler avec lui autour de certains aspects de l’économie du libre, des libertés numériques dans notre monde ou du droit d’auteur, ce qui fermera la boucle vers les arts et la musique, dont notre nouveau président semble être aussi amateur.

Espérons que cela représente les prémices d’une politique ambitieuse en matière d’adoption des logiciels libres, au moins au niveau de l’état et des collectivités locales, pour favoriser l’emploi peu délocalisable et les sociétés de services locales, ainsi que des économies substantielles au vue de la place de plus en plus grande occupées par le logiciel dans nos environnements. Ce n’est pas plus une utopie que les autres réformes qui semblent vouloir être menées. il y aura du bien et du moins réussi sans doute, mais je sens une volonté d’oeuvrer pour le bien public. Et quoi de plus en ligne avec cette approche que le logiciel libre ?

Meet at the RMLL 2017

2017/06/07

This year the RMLL are coming back, from the 1st to the 7th of July and in my region, in St Etienne ! And this year, I am not only a speaker, but also a co-track leader for the Server track.

With my talks, You’ll be able to learn about the latest news for MondoRescue, project-builder.org, Docker, Redfish and python-redfish, Mageia and much more from my co-speakers (Ethereum, CMS, Cloud Native app, Unikernels, …) and even more from Keynote speakers as well.

Lodging is now available, so book quickly and let meet us there !

This week, gift continues with project-builder

2017/03/08

Normally, today I receive gifts, priviledge (really ?) of being older 🙂 But I can also make gifts myself ! So after python-redfish 0.4 yesterday, I’m announcing the release of project-builder 0.14.3 today (and maybe more to come later this week !)

This project seems to have a quicker pace than MondoRescue, maybe due to the fact I’m using it daily, and that it’s now used by python-redfish, MondoRescue, and also FOSSology (WIP more on that later again). I realize I didn’t announced previous versions 0.14.1 last July, and 0.14.2 last January, but lots have been added since.

I’ve worked on this version to improve deb support (no arch pkg) and especially deb repositories (with GPG keys) as well as OpenSUSE GPG signed repositories as well. Previous versions brought support for latest distros (Fedora 25, Ubuntu 16.10 e.g.), robust build using Docker in addition to VMs or chroot VEs, fixes some issues around conf files analysis, improving rpm package name for smooth upgrade between test and stable versions, renaming temporary dirs for consistency, as well as moving the main conf file outside of /etc reserved for local modifications, … Changelogs have all the nasty details.

One of the task I’d like to make now is to move the conf file format to JSON, to benefit from existing libs to manage them, and make them even easier to deal with. That would allow some other improvements afterwards, but too early to talk about.

Oh, and BTW, we decided to also publish python-redfish 0.4.1 (with its packages made with project-builder.org to keep this article’s focus 😉 ) to fix a nasty error we made when pushing to pypi. Enjoy as well !

python-redfish reaches 0.4

2017/03/07

But this is only an intermediate step !

It has been a long time since I talked about Redfish and our python-redfish library.

Slowly, but surely we have made progresses to make it more usable. Of course, still not enough to have the Ironic community happy with it, but at least we’re back on track to integrate patches that we have started to receive from community members.

So we’ve published today our version 0.4 of python redfish, and made it available on pypi with its doc as well as packages for CentOS 7, Fedora 25, OpenSUSE 42.2 and Mageia 5 (.deb packages are for the next release). And of course the sources also on github.

And as you can see, it has become an OpenStack project, using then all the tools they set up for software development (git, gerrit, jenkins, …), which explains why it took us some time to migrate everything from our original github env to this one.

Not everything is done yet, we still need to migrate some bug reports, to review and improve some patches, provide our test infrastructure and start, as said, fixing some of the bugs reported by the community. This is what is in front of us for 0.5.

Hopefully, when reaching 0.6 we should be able to come back to the Ironic team to let them evaluate our progresses and see whether we”ll then be good enough to be used by them. Still work to do, but we do that on our free time, so progresses are as they can be (and with the help of contributors, are much quicker than I could have thought !)

Continue to help us help you 😉

Time to Meet at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Technology & Solutions Summit 2017 !

2017/01/24

It’s time again for me to prepare the HPE TSS designed for our presales and channel partners, with some of our the best experts to transfer knowledge on everything HPE !

We have again this year a track dedicated to Open Source and Linux !).

So I’ll be in Cannes from the 6th to the 10th of February to cover:

  • B90 HPE’s Open Source Strategy – Auditorium K – Tuesday 7th of February 2017 – 5:30PM-6:20PM
  • L30-R1 Docker 101 Tutorial – Lab 1 – Wednesday 8th of February 2017 – 8:30AM-10:20AM
  • B91 Docker @ HPE – Ambassadeurs B – Wednesday 8th of February 2017 – 12:00AM-12:50AM
  • L31 Docker Orchestration Tutorial – Lab 1 – Thursday 9th of February 2017 – 8:30AM-10:20AM
  • B94 Docker: technology aspects and tools – Redaction 1 – Thursday 9th of February 2017 – 3:00PM-3:50PM
  • L30-R2 Docker 101 Tutorial – Lab 3 – Thursday 9th of February 2017 – 4:30PM-6:20PM
  • B92 Linux Distributions roadmap – Redaction 3 – Friday 10th of February 2017 – 8:30AM-9:20AM
  • B6 HPE RESTful API and the Redfish standard – Espace Californie – Friday 10th of February 2017 – 12:00AM-12:50AM

Pretty busy week no ?! And you should be able to replay the labs/tutorials on Wednesday afternoon during the OpenLab session in Lab 1.

A lot of sessions are covering Docker related topics this year, and I’m happy with thatas it’s a great techno, even more with the recently announced 1.13 bringing service support to docker-compose !

For those of you wondering why project-builder.org and MondoRescue versions are not published more regularly, that gives you again a hint 😉 Not speaking of the travel for 2 weeks starting the week after this one, and the next event in March in Grenoble, TES, where I’m part of the Event team and that we’ll organize for the 8th time.

See you there to talk of these subjects or something else as you see fit. I’m around the whole week.

MondoRescue 3.3.0 on its way

2016/12/31

Well, it’s time for gifts no ? So I passed some days last week to go back to various problems reported, in order to solve them.

The most tricky was mindi-busybox not able to compile on recent distros such as Ubuntu 16 or Fedora 24 (glibc changes in them made that incompatibility). I made tries with busybox 1.25 and it turned out that it seems pretty compatible with 1.21 we were using, but working on these latest distros and working easily on the old distros I want to support as well (I went back to RHEL4 with this patch)

I’ve been able to do backup / restore cycles with both CentOS 6 and 7 without issues with the latest version, after having fixed a lot of small more or less blocking problems.

Now I still have stuff I’d like to fix before release:

For Debian:

In short it’s UEFI support with Debian. I should have worked on that since a long time, but last months were very loaded, both at work and at home. And I’ve not done any progress with it for now.

For SLES:

That will probably wait till 3.3.1

and the most important for me (and some customers), more generic:

I’ll start with this one after Christmas.

And also:

But I have a MondoRescue contributor developing code for that !! That’s really great !

And also two improvements that would make everybody’s life easier:

So, yes, some work on my plate for the new year 2017. But I took also some time off this week to recharge, and so I’d be able to do that, my work back next week, and the rest (concerts planned) with lots of energy !!

Let me take that opportunity to wish to all of you a very good new year 2017, that peace may gain more than loose, that FLOSS may gain more than loose, and that we’ll be actors in this.

Meet at the Paris Open Source Summit

2016/11/16

Ok, you see, I’m late ! Not only in producing new versions of software but also to make this type of single announce 😦 But it’s cloudy these days, that may explain that;-) So after having presented during the DACH OpenStack day in Berlin, I’m today (!) leading again this year the Cloud track at the Paris Open Source Summit with great speakers such as Christophe Sauthier (Objectif Libre) who won a POSS award yesterday, Bruno Gillet (Red Hat) who had already a session last year and Julien Corioland and Pascal Sauliere (Microsoft) whom I’m curious to hear about MS’ FLOSS strategy !

So come in Room Grèce at 1:30PM if you want to follow that 2 hour session. Or tomorrow in the main conference room at 11:35AM as I’ll animate a round table around OpenStack Coopetition with again Christophe Sauthier (Objectif Libre) (not just because he won a price, because he has interesting stuff to share about leading CloudKitty !), Patrick Petit (Mirantis), who knows a lot on integration work on OpenStack, and Julien Niedergang (SUSE) who is at the heart of a downstream distribution work with OpenStack.

And last but not least, If you haven’t attended live (you should have!) the keynote of Axelle Lemaire, delegate ministery for Digital in France, sponsor of the event, please do so (as soon as it’s available) as since the creation of all these events in France back in 1998, this is by far the best one. Energizing, visionnary, balanced, with a very dynamic expression, contrary to most years, nobody was sleeping in the room ! Kudos to Benjamin Jean, Jean-Christophe Elineau ad the team for getting her on stage, as I suppose it’s not an easy task, but we need more of such talented speakers. And she contributes to make +1 for women in the men/women balance in that event, which is an additional nice point.

Meet during the upcoming OpenStack Summit in Barcelona

2016/10/12

For the first time, I’ll be speaking at the OpenStack Summit during the main conference.

I’ll talk about the possibility to add Redfish support to Ironic.

I’ve already talked about Redfish, either the standard, or through our python-redfish module, even during a vBrownBag session of a previous Summit in Vancouver.

This time I’d like to detail the latest news around the standard itself, how it can be used in an Ironic context and what we’ll have to do to make it work, up to its usage for Alexandria, a CMDB as a service solution we’re also developing in conjunction with these components.

I’ll also attend most of the Ironic dev round table to organize that work, and understand better what the community is expecting from us with regards to the development, and answer to the questions around the specification. Should be a very interesting week in Barcelona (on top of the fact Barcelona is a great city I encourage you to visit !)