Helping to lead Red Hat’s OpenStack efforts is Senior Principal Software Engineer, Mark McLoughlin. McLoughlin isn’t just a leader at Red Hat, he was also the leading contributor by code commits to the recent OpenStack Grizzly release. In an exclusive video interview with Datamation (see below), McLoughlin explains how his years of experience in the GNOME desktop community prepared him and Red Hat to help OpenStack to succeed.
As to why McLoughlin sees himself as being successful within the OpenStack community, it has a lot to do with his experience in the GNOME community.
“I put down a lot of my success in OpenStack to the fact that I’ve been through this before with GNOME and I know the dynamics of working with lots of developers with different interests and priorities,” McLoughlin said.
His experience with GNOME taught him how to enable consensus across developers and how futile flame wars could be. The OpenStack community is as diverse as the GNOME community and is also filled with passionate developers.