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by on April 21, 2015

GitHub authentication now in use for

Over the past few days we’ve upgraded the version of Gerrit running on, and moved to using GitHub as the authentication source for user accounts.

This switch to GitHub as the authentication source has been fairly painful though. :(

There is a manual step (merging of accounts) needed the first time an existing user (of signs in with their GitHub id.

(needs to be done by a Gerrit admin)

Although we’ve done a large number of people’s accounts, there are still a few more to go.

So, if you have an existing account on, and you sign in to it for the first time with GitHub… you’ll need this done before it all works properly.

Grab us on IRC, or email me (, letting me know it needs doing. I’ll need your GitHub username. :)

by on June 24, 2014

Addition of GlusterFS Port Maintainers

We are seeing significant interest and traction in GlusterFS working on more unix distributions.

To encourage this, we’re adding maintainers for the various ports so far. :)

We are glad to announce the following individuals, who have been chugging GlusterFS along on those distributions, have readily agreed to be port maintainers.

Please welcome:

1. Emmanuel Dreyfus as the maintainer for NetBSD

2. Harshavardhana and Dennis Schafroth for Mac OS X

3. Harshavardhana as the interim maintainer for FreeBSD

All port maintainers have commit access to the GlusterFS repository, and will manage patches in Gerrit that are necessary for keeping the ports functional.

We believe this effort will help keep releases on the various ports up to date. :)

Let us extend our co-operation to port maintainers and continue evolving a broad, vibrant community for GlusterFS!

by on June 11, 2014

GlusterFS 3.5.1 beta2 ready for testing

We need beta testers for Gluster 3.5.1 beta2.

Source tarball and RPM’s are available:

Please try it out on your (non-production!) systems, and attempt to break it. ūüėÄ

Results should be reported to the GlusterFS Developers mailing list:

by on August 22, 2013

How far the once mighty SourceForge has fallen…

[Editor’s note: This post is the opinion of the author and not necessarily that of the Gluster Community]


SourceForge, once a mighty force for the good of Open Source, has fallen far from its previous lofty heights.

Dice, the new owners, bribe strongly encourage the top projects to use a new (closed source only) installer that pushes spyware / adware / malware.

Developers using SourceForge should migrate away from it if they want to keep their integrity.  End users using projects hosted on SourceForge should immediately find an alternative.

Full version:

When people download software from SourceForge, or any major repository of Open Source software, they expect the software to be trustworthy.  (baring unintentional bugs)

They do not expect¬†the software to be a source of “drive¬†by installer” style malware, spyware, adware, or any other unrelated/unintended¬†software.

SourceForge’s new owners, Dice, have consciously and¬†deliberately¬†moved to a¬†model violating this trust.

With their recent changes, users downloading from SourceForge now receive a special closed source installer which attempts to foist unrelated third party software onto them.

For example, when a user clicks on this:

They instead receive this:

This is a “drive-by installer”,¬†designed to¬†catch less technical users and the unwary, to fill their¬†computers with malware / junk ware / crime ware. ¬†As abused¬†by¬†the notorious¬† toolbar and others:


It gets worse.

When SourceForge introduced this, it bribed encouraged the top projects to participate by giving them a cut of the take.  So these co-operating projects are also knowingly selling their users down the river.

I’m not against monetisation at all, we all have lives and need to pay our bills.¬†But not through abusing user trust. ¬†Not through preying on the unskilled or unwary.

To misquote Marge Simpson; “They not only crossed the line, they threw up on it.”

If you’re a developer or contributor to a SourceForge project, please ask them to move to a new project host (there are several). ¬†And cease all further involvement until it’s complete. ¬†I’ve already done so with mine.

If you’re a user of a SourceForge project, please find and use an alternative project instead.

We should all demonstrate our commitment to user safety and personal integrity around this issue.

by on June 29, 2013

Unlimited PyCharm user license for GlusterFS devs

The people at JetBrains have given the GlusterFS project an “unlimited # of users” license for their cross-platform PyCharm Python IDE:

Everyone has their own preferences with programming IDE’s, and I’ve used several over the years, generally based on Eclipse.¬† However, I happen to like PyCharm at the moment, so applied for JetBrain’s “free license for OSS projects” for the GlusterFS project:

If you’re a GlusterFS developer (with at least 1 commit on record) email me ( or and I’ll send the license file to you.

If you want a PyCharm license but aren’t a GlusterFS developer yet, getting started with GlusterFS development is both interesting and fairly easy: