Foreman's 10th Birthday Party Celebration @NETWAYS


The Foreman birthday event was a community driven one-day celebration. It was held at the NETWAYS office in Nuremberg on 25th July 2019. The event consisted of 2 hours of hacking and demo followed by multiple talks. Let me take you through them in more detail in this blog. The birthday event aimed to present a perfect opportunity of networking with the community and explore the modern trends and solutions in the Foreman project. Connecting the community, discussing & debating on latest technologies were one of the main focus areas of the event.

The Event

The party started at 12:30 pm with a hacking session. A few demo machines were prepared by Dirk for users to explore Foreman while our community folks from ATIX had a booth where they demonstrated the working of orcharhino.

During the hacking session, there were many productive discussions that took place on topics such as the Foreman documentation, string translations in Foreman core and plugins, Foreman salt plugin and many more. There were a few issues that were discovered and filed to redmine on similar topics.

Talks and presentations:

1) A community talk:

Ohad Levy, the founder of the Foreman project opened the day sharing some interesting stories as well as pictures of the Foreman project’s journey since the initial days.

After Ohad, Greg Sutcliffe demonstrated the community growth in the last few years using his new exceptional statistical skills, presenting data in forms of animated charts and graphs. Ori Rabin followed Greg and spoke about the current community structure and she also spoke about the results extracted from the community survey. Lastly, I spoke about how we would grow the community in the future.

2) The State of Debian Support

Quirin Pamp spoke about “The State of Debian Support in Foreman/Katello”. The talk focused on Debian/Ubuntu package actions in Katello (now merged), as well as Debian/Ubuntu errata support (undergoing active review here. The latter included some discussion of the ATIX errata service to obtain the needed Debian/Ubuntu errata

3) A meeting with the Satellite Product Managers:

For the first time at a community event, we had the Red Hat Satellite product managers, Dana Singleterry and Rich Jerrido present to the audience. They shared the future plans for the Red Hat Satellite team and which specific domains the engineers were mostly planning to focus on. The most interesting part about this talk was an insight into how Red Hat is contributing to the wider open source community. They explained the release cycle of Red Hat Satellite to highlight the way Red Hat promotes upstream first.

4) Writing Ansible modules for Foreman and Katello:

Evgeni Golov spoke about writing Ansible modules for Foreman. This talk basically covered everything a new or an experienced developer would require to start contributing to the Ansible modules. He explained how one can write custom Ansible modules for managing Foreman.

5) The social aspect of being part of the Foreman community:

Ewoud Kohl van Wijngaarden has been a part of the Foreman community since 2012 and has a huge collection of the Foreman swags and memories which he shared with us on the birthday event.

After Ewoud’s talk, the party went on with interesting discussions over pizza and beer!

Swags, cake and arrangements

As a return gift, all the speakers were given a new Foreman umbrella. For other participants, we also had t-shirts, stickers, Foreman caps and gummy bears.

A cake is a must at every birthday party…right! This year, on the 10th Birthday of Foreman, we arranged for a big birthday cake and invited Ohad to cut the cake. As a humble gesture, Ohad invited everyone present to join him in cutting the cake together. That’s how, together, we celebrated Foreman’s turning 10.

A special thanks to Dirk Götz who took care of all the arrangements right from planning the event to marketing, website management, food, cake and swags!


The talks being so interactive, with community members asking a lot of questions. This signifies the popularity and curiosity of people towards the Foreman project. I would like to thank all the Foreman community members who were present at the event to make the birthday celebration a special one. Can’t wait to see you all again next year!

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