| Blood Orange recognized for contributions to Helm 3

Blood Orange recognized for contributions to Helm 3

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

Last week, Helm, the open-source package manager for Kubernetes, released version 3.0.0 after over a year of development.

In an announcement posted by the CNCF, Blood Orange was recognized for contributions to Helm 3, among other modestly-sized companies:

“Helm 3 was a joint community effort, with core maintainers from organizations including Microsoft, Samsung SDS, IBM, and Blood Orange.”

Woah! So how did we get here??

I have been personally involved in one way or another with the Helm project for over 2 years now. In September 2017, I released an open-source project called ChartMuseum, which provided an easy Helm chart repository solution with an upload API. Later on, I donated it to Helm as an official subproject.

Because of ChartMuseum, I became immersed in numerous discussions related to the storage of Helm charts. This eventually led to getting involved in the ORAS project, which enables leveraging OCI (the Open Container Initiative) for artifact storage. These are the same APIs you use when running docker pull or docker push.

Afterwards, in early 2019, I made my first major code contribution to Helm 3 by adding experimental OCI support using ORAS. Since then, I have been made a core maintainer of the Helm project.

Helm has been a large part of my life for a while now, and I am grateful and humbled to be able to work with such a kind and bright group of maintainers, as well as the community at large. This journey into open-source has been extremely fun and rewarding (rewarding, like seeing your company’s name on the CNCF website).

Helm 3 marks a major milestone for the project, and I’m excited to see what the future might hold.

- Josh Dolitsky