(This is part 3 of my conference coverage, with FOSDEM and CfgMgmt at [1,2])
So on Feb 3rd we had our first ever Foreman Construction Day - a day for
user and developer communities to get together and hack on stuff in person.
I have to say, from where I was sat, it seemed a big success.
We had around 20 people present, and using an unconference-style process,
we quickly decided on some things to hack on. There was:
- A foreman_ansible hacking group
- A networking improvements group
- A translations group looking at integrating the work done by downstream
- A foreman_deployments usecase/hacking group
- Some devs helping new plugin authors to modify Foreman for their usecases
I also ran a "beginners" group looking at provisioning, hostgroups, and
node classification, which helped a number of our newer users get a good
start in Foreman.
In the afternoon, we also got a group together to meet with the Puppet
community about fixing puppet 4 support in Foreman - you can read a
seperate report on that here
I spent a good deal of time moving between the groups and checking they
were finding the time useful, and that there were no blockers for people -
happily, everything seemed to run smoothly. At the end of the day, we
recombined to check on how people had found the day - it seems everyone
enjoyed themselves, found the day useful, and would participate in another
one in the future. Result!
I'd really like to encourage the people who participated in these groups
to reply to this thread and say what outcomes they had from the day, and
how it was useful for them - I couldn't be present in every group for very
long, after all
As the community guy, it made me very happy to see this work well, and I
really hope we can plan more soon.