Greetings, Horizon team!
As you may be aware, I've been working with other folks in the community
on documenting a vision for OpenStack clouds (formerly known as the
'Technical Vision') - essentially to interpret the mission statement in
long-form, in a way that we can use to actually help guide decisions.
You can read the latest draft here: https://review.openstack.org/592205
We're trying to get feedback from as many people as possible - in many
ways the value is in the process of coming together to figure out what
we're trying to achieve as a community with OpenStack and how we can
work together to build it. The document is there to help us remember
what we decided so we don't have to do it all again over and over.
The vision is structured with two sections that apply broadly to every
project in OpenStack - describing the principles that we believe are
essential to every cloud, and the ones that make OpenStack different
from some other clouds. The third section is a list of design goals that
we want OpenStack as a whole to be able to meet - ideally each project
would be contributing toward one or more of these design goals.
We have said that other kinds of user interface, e.g. the CLI, are out
of scope for the document (though not for OpenStack, of course!). After
some discussion, we decided that Horizon being a service was more
important to its categorisation than it being a user interface, so I
wrote the Graphical User Interface design goal to ensure that it is
covered. However, I'm sure y'all have spent much more time thinking
about what Horizon contributes to OpenStack than I, so your feedback and
suggestions are needed.
That is not the only way in which I think this document is relevant to
the Horizon team: one of my goals with the exercise is to encourage the
service projects to make sure their APIs make all of the
operationally-relevant information available and legible to
applications. That would include e.g. surfacing events, which I know is
something that Horizon has wanted for a long time, and hopefully this
will lead to easier ways to build a GUI without as much polling.
If you would like me or another TC member to join one of your team IRC
meetings to discuss further what the vision means for your team, please
reply to this thread to set it up. You are also welcome to bring up any
questions in the TC IRC channel, #openstack-tc - there's more of us
around during Office Hours
(https://governance.openstack.org/tc/#office-hours), but you can talk to
us at any time.
Feedback can also happen either in this thread or on the review
If the team is generally happy with the vision as it is and doesn't have
any specific feedback, that's cool but I'd like to request that at least
the PTL leave a vote on the review. It's important to know whether we
are actually developing a consensus in the community or just talking to
OpenStack Development Mailing List (not for usage questions)