Recapping the OpenShift Origin Launch and What Happened to Express and Flex?

Unless you were offline the last 48 hours, you’ve probably already read that Red Hat announced the open sourcing of the code that powers the OpenShift Platform as a Service under the name “OpenShift Origin.” I wanted to take this opportunity to pass along the vital links concerning the announcement in case you didn’t get a chance to look at all them yet. It also looked like a few inaccuracies appeared in The Register and H-Online so let’s straighten those out first.

Contrary to what was written – Express, Flex and Power are no longer part of the OpenShift vernacular. It’s just good ‘ol OpenShift moving forward. In fact, astute visitors to openshift.com noticed we unified the services a few weeks ago. We actually first started talking about this unification of services way back in January.

Ok, now let’s get to the good stuff. Whether you are looking to hack on the source code, report bugs, get OpenShift Origin running locally on your laptop, use the OpenShift service or just want to join the discussion, here are the links you need:

Sign up for OpenShift

It’s free as in beer. All it takes is an email address to create an account and you’ll get access to 1.5 GB of RAM and 3 GB of storage to deploy your apps.

Getting Started with OpenShift Origin

Mark wrote a blog post that will get you started on the right foot with the OpenShift Origin open source project. Everyone – read this first.

Architecture Overview

Read this doc to understand all the components and how they relate to each other. Aspiring hackers start here before grabbing code.

Get the Code

It’s free as in freedom. The OpenShift Origin code is hosted on GitHub. Here’s where you’ll be pushing and pulling from.

Build from Source

If you insist on building the packages from source, this doc will walk you through he process step-by-step.

Getting started with the OpenShift Origin LiveCD

There’s gotta be an easier way to get a PaaS running on my laptop, right? You bet! Check out this doc that walks you through the simple process of downloading and configuring OpenShift Origin on your laptop via an image that is ready to rock!

Build Your Own PaaS

Want to get the skinny on how to build a PaaS of your own based on OpenShift Origin? This doc is for you.

Building your own Cartridges

Don’t see the framework or middleware your application needs? Then roll your own cartridge type. This doc walks you through the process.

Local Dynamic DNS Service

Chances are if you are serious about building out a PaaS based on OpenShift Origin, you are going to need to bolt on some DNS capabilities. This doc walks you through in detail how to configure a DNS service for OpenShift Origin.

Buggin out

Regardless if you are the person that reports them or has to fix them, bugs in software are a fact of life. If you run into one, please take a moment to report it. As you’d expect, OpenShift Origin tracks bugs in Bugzilla so nothing new to learn.

If all this talk about code hurts your head this early in the morning or you just want to swing by the virtual water cooler and exchange notes with other developers about OpenShift Origin, there’s a couple of ways to join the discussion:

Mailing list for developers

Mailing list for users

IRC for developers on freenode #openshift-dev

IRC for users on freenode #openshift

Twitter: [@openshift}(https://twitter.com/openshift)

By the way, if you are keen to talk to the OpenShift Origin developers and see the code in action, then make sure to come by the Silicon Valley OpenShift Meetup at 10gen’s offices in Palo Alto on May 10, 2012.

If you are still scratching your head about what OpenShift Origin is or more importantly what a platform as a service (PaaS) is, Dan wrote a great post that is guaranteed turn you into a cloud computing expert in under 10 minutes. Peep it here.

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