OpenStack is turning 10 this year! Celebrate 10 years of OpenStack with the global community.


Spotlight on: 10 Years Of OpenStack

Many amazing tech milestones happened in 2010. Steve Jobs launched the first iPad. Sprint announced its first 4G phone. Facebook reached 500 million users. OpenStack was born

In real time, the pace of change in the tech industry often feels glacial, but looking at things over a ten-year span, a lot of stark differences have emerged since 2010. So before you plug back in your AirPods, fire up Fornite and watch a new show on Disney+, let’s take a look at how OpenStack has transformed the open source industry in the past 10 years. 

The Decade Challenge – OpenStack Edition

What began as an endeavor to bring greater choice in cloud solutions to users, combining Nova for compute from NASA with Swift for object storage from Rackspace, has since grown into a strong foundation for open infrastructure. None of it would be possible without the consistent growth of the OpenStack community. In the 10 years since the community was established, OpenStack is supported by one of the largest, global open source communities of over 105,000 members in 187 countries from over 700 organizations, backed by over 100 member companies! Developers from around the world work together daily on a six-month release cycle with developmental milestones.

Looking back to OpenStack in 2010, we were ecstatic to celebrate our first year of growth from a couple dozen developers to nearly 250 unique contributors in the Cactus release (the third OpenStack release). Fast Forward to the year of 2019, we have a total of 1,518 unique change authors who approved more than 47,500 changes and published two major releases (Stein and Train). Between that, the community successfully delivered 16 software releases on time. Today, we are not only celebrating our community’s achievement for the past 10 years, but also looking forward to the continuous prosperity of the community in the next 10 years.

Your Top 10 Favorite Moments With OpenStack Are…

As you can see, there are so many milestones to celebrate in the past 10 years of OpenStack with the community. We want to hear from you about what your top 10 favorite things related to OpenStack are. Go into this survey and choose a question to answer. The topics range from your top 10 most memorable moments of OpenStack, your top 10 most used features in OpenStack to your top 10 favorite cities you visited for OpenStack. We are looking forward to hearing your favorites, and we invite you all to join us and celebrate 10 awesome years of OpenStack.

OpenStack Foundation news

  • Based on the input from the community, board, and the latest information available from the health experts, we’ve made the decision not to hold the OpenDev + PTG in Vancouver this June. Instead, we’re exploring ways to turn it into a virtual event and would love the help of everyone in the community. Learn more in this mailing list post by Mark Collier.
  • There will be two community meetings next week to discuss the OpenStack 10th anniversary planning, current community projects, and an update on OSF events. Learn more in this mailing list.

Airship: Elevate your infrastructure

  • The Airship community will be holding a virtual meet-up on March 31 from 1400-2200 UTC that will serve much the same purpose as the originally planned KubeCon face-to-face team meeting. Goals of the meetup include aligning on Airship use cases and high-level design, finalizing actionable low-level design for the upcoming release, and reviewing work in progress.
  • Catch up on the latest news in the March update, live on the Airship blog now.
  • Connect with the Airship community on Slack! We’re mirroring to #airshipit on IRC so you can use your preferred platform. Join at

Kata Containers: The speed of containers, the security of VMs

  • We have just released the latest stable 1.9.6, 1.10.2 releases and cut 1.11.0-alpha1 release. The 1.9.6 and 1.10.2 stable releases included latest bug fixes. And the 1.11.0-alpha1 release prepared more stuff for the incoming 1.11.0 release, notably. See the message here. We look forward to stabilizing it in the next few weeks. Thank you to the users and contributors!

OpenStack: Open source software for creating private and public clouds

  • If you’re running OpenStack, please share your feedback and deployment information in the 2020 OpenStack User Survey. It only takes 20 minutes and anonymous feedback is shared directly with developers!
    • Why is it important for you to take the user survey? Find out here!
  • We are entering the final stages of the Ussuri development cycle, with feature freeze happening on April 6, in preparation for the final release on May 13. The schedule for the next cycle (Victoria) was published, with a final release planned for October 14. The ‘W’ release (planned for Q2, 2021) will be called ‘Wallaby’.
  • In the coming weeks the OpenStack community will renew its leadership, with 5 TC seats up for election, as well as all PTL positions. Nominations are open until March 31!
  • A framework for proposing crazy ideas for OpenStack has been created, with the first idea being posted there: project Teapot.

StarlingX: A fully featured cloud for the distributed edge

  • The StarlingX community recently held their Community Meetup in Chandler, AZ. Check out the updates on the current development activities and plans for future releases on the StarlingX blog.
  • If you’re currently testing StarlingX, running PoC implementations or running the software in production take a few minutes and fill out a short survey to provide feedback to the community. All information is confidential to the OpenStack Foundation unless you designate that it can be public.

Zuul: Stop merging broken code

  • Are you a Zuul user? Please take a few moments to fill out the Zuul User Survey to provide feedback and information around your deployment. All information is confidential to the OpenStack Foundation unless you designate that it can be public.
  • Zuul versions 3.17.0 and 3.18.0 have been released. Both releases address security issues and you should refer to the release notes for more details. Additionally, socat and kubectl must now be installed on the executors.
  • Nodepool 3.12.0 has been released. This adds support for Google Cloud instances. Refer to the release notes for more information.

Upcoming Open Infrastructure and Community Events

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