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

Renat Akhmerov renat.akhmerov at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 04:35:30 UTC 2017

Very sad to hear all that.. Hopefully it’ll be sorted out one way or another.

Thanks Thomas!

Renat Akhmerov

> On 15 Feb 2017, at 23:42, Doug Hellmann <doug at doughellmann.com> wrote:
> Excerpts from Paul Belanger's message of 2017-02-15 09:51:22 -0500:
>> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 01:43:46PM +0100, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>>> 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.
>> Thanks for all your work. I'm glad we eventually stood up all the packaging
>> infrastructure.
>> Good luck on your future endeavors.
> Yes, thank you for everything you've done, Thomas. You have done
> an immense amount of work to ensure that good quality OpenStack
> packages are available to a wide user base.
> Doug
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