Red Hat and the Ansible Community

October 23, 2015 by Greg DeKoenigsberg


Now that Ansible is a part of Red Hat, some people may wonder about the future of the Ansible project. Specifically, a few people have expressed concerns that Ansible may become more Red Hat-centric at the expense of other platforms or open source projects.  Here is the good news: the Ansible community strategy has not changed.

As always, we want to make it as easy as possible to work with any projects and communities who want to work with Ansible. Now that we have the resources of Red Hat behind us, we plan to accelerate these efforts. We want to do more integrations with more open source communities and more technologies.

One of the reasons that Red Hat purchased Ansible in the first place was because Red Hat understands the importance of a broad and diverse community. Google “Ansible plus <open source project>” for nearly any project and you will find Ansible playbooks and modules and blog posts and videos and slide decks and all kinds of other information, all intended to make working with that project easier.  We have thousands of people attending Ansible meetups and events all over the world.  We have millions of users.  We have all of that momentum because we work with everybody. Disrupting that momentum would be bad for Red Hat, and bad for the open source world.

We’ve worked hard at Ansible to be good open source citizens. We value the trust that we’ve built with our users and our contributors, and we fully intend to continue to live up to the trust that our community has placed in us. We know that Red Hat is committed to the same ideals and will be fully supportive of our ongoing efforts to build a strong, diverse community.

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Greg DeKoenigsberg

Greg is the Director of Ansible Community with Red Hat, where he leads the project's relationship with the broader open source community. Greg has over a decade of open source advocacy and community leadership with projects like Fedora and One Laptop Per Child, and on the executive teams of Ansible and of open source cloud pioneers Eucalyptus Systems. Greg lives in Durham NC and is on twitter at @gregdek.

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