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[We are reposting on the Red Hat Developers blog this article from the Red Hat OpenShift blog, which was written by Diane Mueller-Klingspor.]

When we released OpenShift Origin as the open source upstream project for Red Hat OpenShift back in April 2012, we had little inkling of the phenomenal trajectory of cloud-native technology that was to come. With all the work that has gone into the Kubernetes-based core platform (OpenShift 3) from the initial OpenShift Origin 1.0 Release (OpenShift 3) in June 2015, to the current release of Red Hat OpenShift 3.10 release last week, we’ve seen the rise of Kubernetes and containers create the basis of the cloud-native landscape. We collaborated in the incubation and maturation of dozens of new cloud-native projects and into a myriad of upstream projects, expanding the universe of tools and platforms in a way we could only have dreamed about just three years ago.

So it’s time for a new logo, a new website, and a new name for our open source project. We are changing the name of our open source project to better represent who we are today, and who we’ll be tomorrow—the Origin community distribution of Kubernetes that powers Red Hat OpenShift.

Project name change to OKD

We’re continuing that effort by introducing a naming change to "OKD" to better represent our project as a distribution of Kubernetes, align our terminology with the larger cloud-native community naming conventions, and clarify how this upstream project functions within the Red Hat OpenShift product line.

OKD is here as of today (Aug. 3, 2018) as we release our next version (3.10). Beyond the great features in Kubernetes 1.10 and the user and customer focused stability, the most visible change in this release will be the introduction of the new name, "OKD," and the re-launch of the community website as OKD.io. You’ll also see the new logo appear in the web console, on the documentation, and on our new website: okd.io.

The new product release is known as OKD 3.10. The code base will still reside in the openshift/origin GitHub repository. We are not forsaking our origins. Your code commits, issues, and pull requests history and future will still be tracked in GitHub and your scripts and playbooks will still reference the same code base and repository structure. We are very much indebted to the 70+ organizations that have contributed to the project over the past five years and look forward to our continued collaboration with them and future contributors.

We’re excited about what these changes mean for our community—and while we know they might be confusing at first, we expect they will make everything easier in the long run. As always, OpenShift Commons will continue to be the hub for communicating with all of our community members during this transition in an effort to minimize confusion related to these changes.

Please take a moment to visit our new website, okd.io, and download the latest release to check out the key upstream projects and our end users and to find the latest resource links.

Join the community

With 400+ member organizations participating, OpenShift Commons is the place where the community goes to collaborate and work together on OpenShift. OpenShift Commons is open to all community participants: users, operators, enterprises, startups, non-profits, educational institutions, partners, and service providers.

Save the date

We’re also excited to announce that the upcoming OpenShift Commons Gathering will be taking place December 10, 2018, in Seattle, co-located once again with CNCF’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. The OpenShift Commons Gathering brings together experts from all over the world to discuss real-world implementations of container technologies, best practices for cloud-native application developers, and the upstream open source software projects that make up the OpenShift ecosystem.

Confirmed keynotes and speakers from Red Hat already include:

  • AMA Panel with OpenShift Product Managers and Engineering leads
  • Chris Wright on Emerging Technology and Innovation
  • Clayton Coleman & Mike Barrett on OpenShift 3.x: Features/Functions/Future
  • Diane Mueller on Cross-Community Collaboration with Upstream
  • Sebastian Pahl on Operator Framework

More speakers and panelists are being added; check out the agenda for updates. Please note: Pre-registration is required.

To register, add the OpenShift Commons Gathering as a co-located event during your KubeCon + CloudNativeCon registration.

Last updated: June 13, 2023