Exactly one year ago, at the OpenStack Summit in Berlin, it was possible to explain the low visitor numbers of 2800 participants by the fact that Germany is not an OpenStack country. There are no more large active user groups. The local DOST is aimed at managers, decision makers and is not intended for private users due to the high entrance fees.
BTW: The entrance fee for the OpenInfraSummit Shanghai was with 238 dollars in the Early Bird very moderate, incl. catering. Usually there was "the" food and it was meticulously taken care of that one took either a Cola or a yoghurt as dessert. Both together did not work. In between there was coffee and water, as usual, but also at the PTG, where there used to be fruit and sweets, the meagre rations remained. Only 1200 participants were counted. Sarcastics spoke of a China-Group-Users meetup, where probably similar numbers of participants were called. Therefore, it was not surprising that many lectures were held in Chinese and the speakers did not care much about the international audience.
But it can be so simple: Powerpoint offers a real-time translation function for the spoken word, which we used in our I18n project update. Not much can be said about the quality, but it looked functional:
But back to the beginning. One week OpenStack in Shanghai was promised to still be the main software in the Open Infrastructure world. But also the Sunrise projects like StarlingX, Airship. Kata Containers and Zuul set their accents on the Keynotes. The opening speech was given by Jonathan Bryce: "Global Collaboration Driving Innovation in a Multi-Billion Dollar Market". So it was about big money in the Open Source business and OpenStack, growth market with billions of dollars. Well, that's not surprising, the whole region is looking for growth and is impressed by odds that we can only dream of. The China Electronics Standardization Institute (CESI) gave a somewhat longer presentation. OpenStack is now the official cloud standard in China. An important topic, but in the length of the lecture many jetlag sufferers struggled with fatigue and the daily schedule threatened to get mixed up. The follow-up presentations were correspondingly short. Nothing new about the Train release, they even forgot to announce future events.
At the end of the article you will find a list of interesting sessions. There are applications of local companies with an explanation of their architecture. But also a lot of sponsored sessions, so someone wants to sell a product. Partly interesting, but also destroys the Open Source idea.
What worked well again were the Forum Sessions, in which current topics are discussed together and which always makes personal participation in the event meaningful. Similar to the PTG, of course, where it is always worth taking a look at the Etherpad list to see which topics are covered and who participates.
The large project groups are continuously doing good work. The processed lines of code are owed in the last release of the migration to Python 3 (main project goal) and improvements in code and documentation are made again and again. There are also always individuals who keep the projects alive with untiring diligence. Here are a few examples:
Colleen Murphy (PTL Keystone). Her Summit/PTG Recap
Julia Kreger (PTL Ironic), responsible for the funny translated "naked metal deployment"
Jay Bryant (Cinder Project & Upstream Institute)
Redhat (IBM) now has the largest part in the development.
New features in the documentation: In the Contributor-Guide there is now a chapter for Organizations, if and how it sends developers to the community.
The new community projects like StarlingX are in the process of establishing their working mode. As you can see in PTG-Etherpad, there are many construction sites: from documentation to definition of test cases, everything is included. You can fall back on proven OpenStack projects such as the developer platform Gerrit and Zuul. But also new people from new companies come into the project.
Outlook for future events: The outlook is uncertain. An event in Vancouver is planned for June 2020. In terms of the cost/benefit effect of participation, it must be remembered that there is only a 10% ATC code left (it used to be 100%), other extras such as good food and Summit T-shirts can only be dreamed of (Intel donated the Shanghai-Summit-Swag). Who is sent by his company as the main developer will have less of an issue. But for part-time contributors or OpenStack users it was probably the last summit.
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