[openstack-dev] The end of OpenStack packages in Debian?

Haïkel hguemar at fedoraproject.org
Wed Feb 15 16:28:45 UTC 2017

2017-02-15 13:42 GMT+01:00 Thomas Goirand <thomas at goirand.fr>:
> Hi there,
> It's been a while since I planed on writing this message. I couldn't
> write it because the situation makes me really sad. At this point, it
> starts to be urgent to post it.
> As for many other folks, Mirantis decided to end its contract with me.
> This happened when I was the most successful doing the job, with all of
> the packaging CI moved to OpenStack infra at the end of the OpenStack
> Newton cycle, after we were able to release Newton this way. I was
> hoping to start packaging on every commit for Ocata. That's yet another
> reason for me to be very frustrated about all of this. Such is life...
> Over the last few months, I hoped for having enough strengths to
> continue my packaging work anyway, and get Ocata packages done. But
> that's not what happened. The biggest reason for this is that I know
> that this needs to be a full time job. And at this point, I still don't
> know what my professional future will be. A company, in Barcelona, told
> me I'd get hired to continue my past work of packaging OpenStack in
> Debian, but so far, I'm still waiting for a definitive answer, so I'm
> looking into some other opportunities.
> All this to say that, unless someone wants to hire me for it (which
> would be the best outcome, but I fear this wont happen), or if someone
> steps in (this seems unlikely at this point), both the packaging-deb and
> the faith of OpenStack packages in Debian are currently compromised.
> I will continue to maintain OpenStack Newton during the lifetime of
> Debian Stretch though, but I don't plan on doing anything more. This
> means that maybe, Newton will be the last release of OpenStack in
> Debian. If things continue this way, I probably will ask for the removal
> of all OpenStack packages from Debian Sid after Stretch gets released
> (unless I know that someone will do the work).
> As a consequence, the following projects wont get packages even in
> Ubuntu (as they were "community maintained", which means done by me and
> later sync into Ubuntu...):
> - congress
> - gnocchi
> - magnum
> - mistral
> - murano
> - sahara
> - senlin
> - watcher
> - zaqar
> Hopefully, Canonical will continue to maintain the other 15 (more
> core...) projects in UCA.
> Thanks for the fish,
> Thomas Goirand (zigo)
> P,S: To the infra folks: please keep the packaging CI as it is, as it
> will be useful for the lifetime of Stretch.

I'm sad to hear that as a fellow packager.
You've been a driving force for Debian packaging and improving
OpenStack since its early days.
Your work has helped many people to use OpenStack on Debian and
derived effectively. I hope
that you'll find asap a sponsorship or a dayjob to keep going.


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