Folsom Series Release Notes

Folsom Series Release Notes

Release Overview

The Folsom release cycle brought several major advances to Horizon’s user experience while also reintroducing Quantum networking as a core piece of the OpenStack Dashboard.

Highlights

Networking (Quantum)

With Quantum being a core project for the Folsom release, we worked closely with the Quantum team to bring networking support back into Horizon. This appears in two primary places: the Networks panel in both the Project and Admin dashboards, and the Network tab in the Launch Instance workflow. Expect further improvements in these areas as Quantum continues to mature and more users adopt this model of virtual network management.

User Experience

Workflows

By far the biggest UI/UX change in the Folsom release is the introduction of programmatic workflows. These components allow developers to create concise interactions that combine discrete tasks spanning multiple services and resources in a user-friendly way and with minimal boilerplate code. Within a workflow, related objects can also be dynamically created so users don’t lose their place when they realize the item they wanted isn’t currently available. Look for examples of these workflows in Launch Instance, Associate Floating IP, and Create/Edit Project.

Resource Browser

Another cool new component is an interface designed for “browsing” resources which are nested under a parent resource. The object store (Swift) is a prime example of this. Now there is a consistent top-level navigation for containers on the left-hand pane of the “browser” while the right-hand pane lets you explore within those containers and sub-folders.

User Experience Improvements

  • Timezone support is now enabled. You can select your preferred timezone in the User Settings panel.

Community

  • Third-party developers who wish to build on Horizon can get started much faster using the new dashboard and panel templates. See the docs on creating a dashboard and creating a panel for more information.
  • A thorough set of documentation for developers on how to go about internationalizing, localizing and translating OpenStack projects is now available.

Under The Hood

  • The python-swiftclient library and python-cinderclient libraries are now used under the hood instead of cloudfiles and python-novaclient respectively.
  • Internationalization of client-side JavaScript is now possible in addition to server-side Python code.
  • Keystone authentication is now handled by a proper pluggable Django authentication backend, offering significantly better and more reliable security for Horizon.

Other Improvements and Fixes

Some of the general areas of improvement include:

  • Images can now be added to Glance by providing a URL for Glance to download the image data from.
  • Quotas are now displayed dynamically throughout the Project dashboard.
  • API endpoints are now displayed on the OpenStack RC File panel so they can be organically discovered by an end-user.
  • DataTables now support a summation row at the bottom of the table.
  • Better cross-browser support (Safari and IE particularly).
  • Fewer API calls to OpenStack endpoints (improves performance).
  • Better validation of what actions are permitted when.
  • Improved error handling and error messages.

Known Issues and Limitations

Floating IPs and Quantum

Due to the very late addition of floating IP support in Quantum, Nova’s integration there is lacking, so floating IP-related API calls to Nova will fail when your OpenStack deployment uses Quantum for networking. This means that Horizon actions such as “allocate” and “associate” floating IPs will not work either since they rely on the underlying APIs.

Deleting large numbers of resources simultaneously

Using the “select all” checkbox to delete large numbers of resources via the API can cause network timeouts (depending on configuration). This is due to the APIs not supporting bulk-deletion natively, and consequently Horizon has to send requests to delete each resource individually behind the scenes.

Backwards Compatibility

The Folsom Horizon release should be fully-compatible with both Folsom and Essex versions of the rest of the OpenStack core projects (Nova, Swift, etc.). While some features work significantly better with an all-Folsom stack due to bugfixes, etc. in underlying services, there should not be any limitations on what will or will not function. (Note: Quantum was not a core OpenStack project in Essex, and thus this statement does not apply to network management.)

In terms of APIs provided for extending Horizon, there are a handful of backwards-incompatible changes that were made:

  • The can_haz and can_haz_list template filters have been renamed to has_permissions and has_permissions_on_list respectively.
  • The dashboard-specific base.html templates (e.g. nova/base.html, syspanel/base.html, etc.) have been removed in favor of a single base.html template.
  • In conjunction with the previous item, the dashboard-specific template blocks (e.g. nova_main, syspanel_main, etc.) have been removed in favor of a single main template block.

Overall, though, great effort has been made to maintain compatibility for third-party developers who may have built on Horizon so far.

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