2023 OpenInfra Annual Report, project updates and the latest news from the OpenInfra community!


Spotlight On: 2023 OpenInfra Annual Report

Last year, the emergence of AI, the pervasive misunderstanding of the risks that open source may pose to supply chain security, and complex global political dynamics have threatened the global open source ecosystem. Yet, despite these challenges, the community surrounding open infrastructure has remained persistent and even emerged stronger.

So, here we stand at a pivotal moment in history, and the question arises: How can the OpenInfra Foundation make a difference?

Each community member, working group, SIG, and contributor was instrumental in continuing to support the OpenInfra Foundation’s mission: building open-source communities that write software to run in production.

The 2023 Annual Report was published this week highlighting the achievements across the community and the goals for the year ahead. Let’s break down some of the highlights of last year:

  • The OpenInfra Foundation embarked on regional initiatives, with the launch of OpenInfra Asia and OpenInfra Europe hubs.
  • Twenty-two new member organizations from 10 separate countries and four continents joined the OpenInfra Foundation in 2023, creating a 25% member growth for the Foundation
  • User groups around the globe held a total of 60 events that reached hundreds in their respective communities.
  • Microsoft’s growing involvement and contributions in Kata Containers have consistently enhanced not only Microsoft’s capabilities but also the broader open-source community.
  • OpenStack releases the first two releases of the new release cycle, Antelope – 2023.1 and Bobcat – 2023.2.
  • The StarlingX project celebrated its 5th anniversary in 2023 along with StarlingX 8.0, the latest stable release of the project
  • The Zuul project published eight new versions in 2023, and Nodepool got five releases through the work of 29 individuals contributing more than 500 new changes to these systems.

The OpenInfra Foundation would like to extend a huge thanks to the global community for all of the work that went into 2023 and is continuing in 2024 to help people build and operate open infrastructure. Check out the full OpenInfra Foundation 2023 Annual Report and join us to build the next decade of open infrastructure!



OpenInfra Foundation News

  • The OpenInfra Diversity and Inclusion Working Group is surveying participants in OpenInfra project communities in order to foster inclusive and welcoming collaboration for everyone. Visit the OpenInfra Diversity page for a link to the survey and information on getting more involved in diversity and inclusion efforts
  • We’re excited to announce OpenInfra Summit Asia 2024, powered by OpenInfra user group leaders throughout Asia, which will be held on September 3 and 4 2024. Get notified about event details as they happen.
  • Interested in sponsoring OpenInfra Events in 2024? This is your primary source for sponsorship details for OpenInfra Summit Asia as well as our upcoming OpenInfra Days Europe Roadshow coming up in May and June 2024.
  • Meet the OpenInfra community in Brussels after FOSDEM, Saturday, February 3 at 20:00 for a post-FOSDEM drink and catch-up. Details here!
  • Start your organization out on the right foot in 2024! Consider membership of the OpenInfra Foundation and participation in OpenInfra Europe or OpenInfra Asia. Contact Jimmy McArthur today to find out more!

Airship: Elevate your infrastructure

  • Running or evaluating Airship? We want to hear from you! Take the brief User Survey to provide the community with feedback.

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

  • The Kata community is currently working on a new web page to serve as a centralized location for all project documentation. Stay tuned for updates!
  • Kata contributors meet up every Tuesday at 1500 UTC via Zoom, & would love to see you there! Login info can be found on the Kata Containers AC agenda. Be there or be somewhere else!
  • How are you using Kata Containers? Let us know what you’ve been doing with Kata Containers 3.0 by filling out the newly refreshed User Survey

OpenDev Collaboratory: Free Software Needs Free Tools

  • Learn about OpenDev, how you can take advantage of OpenDev, how OpenDev is operated, and how you contribute to OpenDev in the next OpenInfra Live Episode on Thursday, January 18, 2024.

OpenInfra Labs: Connecting open source projects to production

  • OpenInfra Labs is now archived as an OpenInfra pilot project. As part of this process, this mailing list has also been deactivated, but archives will remain available. Other public resources and artifacts of the pilot project will also remain available for future reference.

OpenStack: Open source software for creating private and public clouds

  • Election season is rapidly approaching! The community needs leaders to build the future of OpenStack as a member of the Technical Committee or as a Project Team Lead. Representation from all organizations, professions, and experience levels helps keep our community diverse. If you’re curious about what being a TC member or a PTL involves, please reach out to one of our existing leaders, like Jay Falkner (JayF on IRC) for more insight.
  • Recently, the OpenStack community identified that the python eventlet library was incompatible with python 3.12, and further investigation showed the library was suffering from a lack of resources and maintenance. To remedy this, OpenStack-affiliated engineers from G-Research Open Source Software and Red Hat reached out to the eventlet community and began a process that, over the course of weeks, has led to the majority of eventlet maintenance being taken over by the OpenStack community. This culminated recently in the release of eventlet 0.34.1, adding support for python 3.12, fixing unit tests, and resolving several bugs. Work on eventlet continues as we build a migration path off eventlet for OpenStack and other software projects that want to migrate off eventlet.

StarlingX: A fully featured cloud for the distributed edge

  • The StarlingX community is currently working on the 9.0 release, which is scheduled to come out later in the first quarter of the year. Stay tuned!
  • The StarlingX blog has received a lot of new content recently! Check out the articles to learn more about use cases, new features, and roadmap items.
  • If you’re evaluating or using StarlingX, please take a few minutes to fill out the User Survey and provide feedback to the community!

Zuul: Stop merging broken code

  • Zuul 9.3.0 has been released. Improvements have been made to circular dependency handling and both the Gerrit and GitHub drivers. This release requires a significant database schema migration and care should be taken when upgrading. Find out more in the release announcement.
  • Nodepool 9.1.0 has been released. A number of improvements have been made to the AWS, Azure, Kubernetes, Metastatic, OpenShift and OpenStack drivers. Find out more in the release announcement.

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