[neutron][networking-midonet] Maintainers needed

Slawek Kaplonski skaplons at redhat.com
Tue Jun 23 07:25:59 UTC 2020


Over the past couple of cycles we have noticed that new contributions and
maintenance efforts for networking-midonet project were lower and lower.
This impacts patches for bug fixes, new features and reviews. The Neutron
core team is trying to at least keep the CI of this project more or less
healthy, but we don't have enough cycles and knowledge about the details of
this project code base to review more complex patches.

During the PTG in Shanghai we discussed that with operators and TC members
during the forum session [1] and later within the Neutron team during the
PTG session [2].

During these discussions, with the help of operators and TC members, we reached
the conclusion that we need to have someone responsible for maintaining project.
This doesn't mean that the maintainer needs to spend full time working on this
project. Rather, we need someone to be the contact person for the project, who
takes care of the project's CI and review patches. Of course that'ss only a
minimal requirement. If the new maintainer works on new features for the
project, it's even better :)

I recently spoke with members of current networking-midonet core team and they
told me that they don't have cycles to focus on this project.
So if we don't have any new maintainer(s) before milestone Victoria-2, which is
Jul 27 - Jul 31 according to [3], we will need to mark networking-midonet
as deprecated for removal.
"Removal" means that in W cycle we will remove code of this project from its
master branch and there will be no new releases of it. We will still keep code
in stable branches which were already released until its EOL.

So if You are using this project now, or if You have customers who are
using it, please consider the possibility of maintaining it. Otherwise,
please be aware that it is highly possible that the project will be
deprecated and moved out from the official OpenStack projects.

[1] https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/PVG-Neutron-stadium-projects-the-path-forward
[2] https://etherpad.openstack.org/p/Shanghai-Neutron-Planning-restored - Lines 379-421
[3] https://releases.openstack.org/victoria/schedule.html

Slawek Kaplonski
Senior software engineer
Red Hat

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