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A vote has started on the libcloud dev list for the 0.13 release. The release notes detail all the new features and fixes. I am stoked about this because a few patches that I submitted are included in this release candidate. I patched the CloudStack driver quite a bit to improve the support for Clouds with a basic zone like Exoscale. There is more work to do on this driver including better support for Advanced zone especially for port forwarding, firewall rules and more unit tests. A the CloudStack hackathon last sunday @pst418 submitted a few patches for unit tests and they made it as well into 0.13 RC, terrific.

If you don't know libcloud, it's a python based API wrapper to abstract the various cloud APIs. With libcloud you can create connections to multiple clouds, potentially using different API. At a high level, it is similar to jclouds for JAVA or deltacloud written in ruby. There was already a CloudStack driver but its functionality was limited. If you grab my quickie libcloud shell, you can try to follow this walkthrough of what you can do with libcloud and a CloudStack basic zone. Of course you will need a CloudStack endpoint.

Start the libshell and check what zone you are on:

$ python ./libshell.py 
Hello LibCloud Shell !!
You are running at: https://api.exoscale.ch/compute
>>> conn.list_locations()
[<NodeLocation: id=1128bd56-b4d9-4ac6-a7b9-c715b187ce11, name=CH-GV2, country=AU, driver=CloudStack>]

You might notice a wrong country code, it is hard-coded in libcloud, I need to file a bug for this. Get the list of templates (or images in libcloud speak):

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