You may have heard about some changes afoot here at Gluster.org, GlusterFS headquarters. And you are right – we are changing a few things. We are turning the GlusterFS project into an even more transparent, community-driven project than ever before. Gone are the days of no roadmaps and no view into our development process. See below for just a few of the things we’re creating and improving.
We’ve created an independent group of interested individuals to provide guidance for the GlusterFS project. This board consists of a mix of long-time contributors to the project, plus developers with other projects that have expressed an interest in contributing. You can read more about the advisory board here. Also, read the press release.
In keeping with the open development model, we’ve made the process of participation a bit easier to learn. Check out our developers home on the community wiki. We now have a patch review system, with the requirement that any submitted patch must build and pass a battery of tests before acceptance into the main source tree. Read about the development process in the development workflow document.
Going from Open Core to Open Source
In the past, GlusterFS was tightly controlled by its owner, Gluster, Inc (before the acquisition by Red Hat). After the acquisition, we’ve determined that the best way forward is to be as open as possible, as transparent as possible. Gone is the contributors license agreement, requiring that developers assign copyright to the controlling interest of the project. We’re also creating feature roadmap and opening up discussion on project direction. We’re also actively seeking 3rd parties with an interest in developing the next generation of GlusterFS, as well as future applications built on GlusterFS. Read about the changes to the project at the Red Hat Storage blog. There, you’ll also find links to the webcast discussing these changes.