Dear CentOS enthusiast,

If you'd like to help out with the process of putting together the newsletter, please see the Contributing section at the end. We're always looking for help!

IN THIS EDITION:

Releases and updates

The big news in September was the release of CentOS Linux 8, along with CentOS Stream. CentOS Linux 8 is exactly what you expected - a rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8 - but CentOS Stream is a new aspect of the CentOS Project that needs a little more explanation.

CentOS Stream is a rolling preview of what will be in the next minor release of RHEL. CentOS Stream will be updated regularly (the exact cadence is still a work in progress) and will give you the opportunity to verify your code and workloads against what’s coming next.

The motivation for doing this is to provide a platform where people can develop against CentOS Stream, and, by doing so, be ready for market the day that the next minor version of RHEL ships. CentOS Stream will be developer beta level code (not alpha) containing features ready for validation to include in the next minor release of RHEL. Red Hat wants CentOS Stream to be a great experience for developers to target the next minor release of RHEL (released every 6 months). Code that is delivered to CentOS Stream is what Red Hat engineers intend to go into the next minor release of RHEL and will have gone through CI.

If you’re interested in building a project on Stream, we encourage you to look into the SIGs - https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup - which are a place to package and test on CentOS, using the Community Build System (CBS) and the CentOS CI. Bring your ideas to the centos-devel mailing list, and we’ll help you figure out the way forward.

Finally, note that this is still a work in progress. We hope to have regular updates to CentOS Stream within the next few months, but tooling for that does not exist yet, and so there will be a lot of manual processes at first. We appreciate your patience while we get things up and running.

We are working on a feedback mechanism that is going to evolve over time. CentOS Stream must have the ability to get feedback and suggestions to be successful. We will announce details as things solidify.

You can download CentOS Stream, as well as CentOS Linux, at https://www.centos.org/download/ and you can read more details on the centos-devel mailing list, at https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2019-October/017922.html

Errata and Enhancements Advisories

We issued the following CEEA (CentOS Errata and Enhancements Advisories) during September:

Errata and Security Advisories

We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during September:

Errata and Bugfix Advisories

We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during September:

Other releases

The following releases also happened during September:

Events

In September, we had a presence at the Webpros Summit (formerly the cPanel conference) in Atlanta, Georgia. The cPanel community are long-term supporters of CentOS, so this is always a fun event. It was also a great place for some early conversations about CentOS Stream as a place to develop and test products.

While there, Johnny Hughes gave an excellent presentation about the CentOS Linux 8 release, what's in it, and why it was a longer process than usual.

As usual, there's a number of events coming up where you can find members of the CentOS community.

October 28–30, in Portland, we'll be at LISA19, the\premier conference for operations professionals, where we share real-world knowledge about designing, building, securing, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world. Come see us at the Red Hat booth with your CentOS questions and stories.

Then, in November, we'll be in Denver at SC19 - the international conference for high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis. Once again, come see us at the Red Hat booth. As usual, or main interest there is the always-awesome Student Cluster Competition, where tomorrow's HPC experts compete to build a supercomputer with off-the-shelf hardware and open source software ... and most of them choose CentOS. Supercomputing is #PoweredByCentOS!

Finally, I want to keep reminding you that we'll be doing another Dojo at FOSDEM, on January 31st 2020. Details will be coming soon to the CentOS Wiki. Think about what you might want to present about, and be sure to join us in Brussels!

Contributing to CentOS Pulse

We are always on the look-out for people who are interested in helping to:

  • Tell us what you're working on
  • Provide a report from the SIG on which you participate
  • Tell us about an event that you attended where there was CentOS content
  • Write an article on an interesting person or topic
  • Tell us about a news article that covered the use of CentOS in an interesting way
  • Suggest an topic that you'd like to see someone else write an article on

Please see the page with further information about contributing. You can also contact the Promotion SIG, or just email Rich directly (rbowen@centosproject.org) with ideas or articles that you'd like to see in the next newsletter.

 

 

We are excited to announce the release of CentOS 8, and of the new RHEL upstream, CentOS Streams. Details can be found on the CentOS-Announce mailing list.

We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 (1908) for the x86_64 architecture. Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 7 and is tagged as 1908, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 Source Code.

Full details are on the centos-devel mailing list.

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

If you'd like to help out with the process of putting together the newsletter, please see the Contributing section at the end. We're always looking for help!

IN THIS EDITION:

Releases and updates

August was unusually slow in terms of updates and errata - primarily because everyone has been focused on the CentOS 8 build.

Errata and Security Advisories

We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during August:

Errata and Bugfix Advisories

We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during August:

Events

August was another busy month for CentOS events.

At the beginning of the month, CentOS had a presence at DevConf.IN, the annual developer event in India. Vipul Siddharth represented us there, and wrote up a summary of that event.

The following week, we had a table at Flock, the annual Fedora conference, in Budapest, and Vipul also wrote a great writeup of that event on his blog.

On the 14th, we held our second annual CentOS Dojo at DevConf.US, featuring talks about Keylime, Terraform, Buildah, and other topics. We had roughly 35 people in attendance. The videos of the presentations are now available on the CentOS YouTube channel .

Then, we were at the Red Hat booth at the Open Source Summit in San Diego, August 21-23. We were able to meet many people who use CentOS in a variety of industries, and find out about their interests and concerns. If you dropped by, thanks. It's always a pleasure to talk with you at events.

Next month, we'll be at the cPanel event in Atlanta, September 23rd - 25th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Our own Johnny Hughes will be talking about what's up with CentOS 8, and we'll have a booth where you can drop by for your CentOS swag needs. As you probably know, CentOS is the backbone of the web hosting industry, and the cPanel event is where they gather to discuss their trade. I hope to see you there!

And, looking forward just a little further, remember that FOSDEM is coming in just a few months, and we'll be there. We will, once again, be running a Dojo at FOSDEM. You can see details from this year's event in the CentOS wiki, and the 2020 event should look similar. Watch Twitter, the mailing lists, or whatever is your preferred channel, for updates soon.

SIG (Special Interest Group) Report

SIGs - Special Interest Groups - are where people work on the stuff that runs on top of CentOS.

The following are the SIG reports for this month.

CentOS Virtualization SIG Quarterly Report

Purpose

Packaging and maintaining different FOSS based virtualization applications that one can install and run natively on CentOS.

https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/Virtualization

Membership Update

We are always looking for new members.

No changes in members this month.

Releases and Packages

oVirt 4.3 has been released and Virt SIG repositories are publicly available. oVirt 4.4 development is in progress upstream now

Health and Activity

The Virtualization SIG remains fairly healthy. All the projects within the SIG are updating regularly on biweekly meetings.

oVirt is planning a conference in Rome in  October 2019

Issues for the Board

oVirt pushed a patch for having a CentOS appliance including oVirt Guest Agent in https://github.com/CentOS/sig-cloud-instance-build/pull/127, it's under consideration for CentOS 7.7 inclusion.

oVirt would have been happy to consume CentOS 8 alpha / beta / development builds to be ready to ship packages for CentOS 8 on its GA. Would be nice to get early access to the rpms within the SIGs.

 

Opstools quarterly report, 01 June - Aug 31 2019

Purpose

Opstools provides tools for operators.

https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/OpsTools

Membership update

No members left or were added to the SIG in the last quarter.

Health and activity

We are phasing out fluentd and sensu; patches have been proposed to OpenStack. Their respective replacements are rsyslog (included in RHEL) and collectd-sensubility. The latter is a plugin to collectd; it will create events in collectd which can be acted on as on other collectd events.

Once we'll have CentOS 8, we'd be rebuilding all our packages for RHEL8; opstools packages used to be consumed by OpenStack Kolla, but since there are no CentOS 8 builds, this relation has been dropped for now.

We intend to get the integration back, once there are builds based on CentOS 8.

Collectd has been updated to 5.9.0 and 5.9.1 upstream. We did not include these releases for now,
as they contain some severe bugs.

Issues for the board

none at the moment.

Contributing to CentOS Pulse

We are always on the look-out for people who are interested in helping to:

  • Tell us what you're working on
  • Provide a report from the SIG on which you participate
  • Tell us about an event that you attended where there was CentOS content
  • Write an article on an interesting person or topic
  • Tell us about a news article that covered the use of CentOS in an interesting way
  • Suggest an topic that you'd like to see someone else write an article on

Please see the page with further information about contributing. You can also contact the Promotion SIG, or just email Rich directly (rbowen@centosproject.org) with ideas or articles that you'd like to see in the next newsletter.

 

 

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

It's been another busy month, but better a few days late than never!

If you'd like to help out with the process of putting together the newsletter, please see the Contributing section at the end. We're always looking for help!

Releases and updates

We had a very large number of updates/enhancements in July:

Errata and Enhancements Advisories

We issued the following CEEA (CentOS Errata and Enhancements Advisories) during July:

Errata and Security Advisories

We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during July:

Errata and Bugfix Advisories

We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during July:

Events

Last week we were at DevConf.in in Bangalore. If you dropped by, thanks!

Next week - August 14th - we'll be gathering at Boston University, in Boston, Massachusetts, for the second annual CentOS Dojo at DevConf.US. There's still space to register, if you wish to attend. In addition to the regular sessions, there will be an opportunity to give lightning talks about what you're working on, as requested by last year's attendees. More details are available on the event wiki page.

And the week after that - August 21-23 - we will be at the Open Source Summit in San Diego. Drop by to see us at the Red Hat booth!

If you are presenting anything about CentOS, at any event anywhere in the world, please do let us know, so that we can promote your presence there, and your talk.

If you'd like to run a CentOS Dojo, or other community event, we may be able to help. Get in touch via the centos-devel mailing list, or via our Twitter account @CentOSProject.

Contributing to CentOS Pulse

We are always on the look-out for people who are interested in helping to:

  • Tell us what you're working on
  • Provide a report from the SIG on which you participate
  • Tell us about an event that you attended where there was CentOS content
  • Write an article on an interesting person or topic
  • Tell us about a news article that covered the use of CentOS in an interesting way
  • Suggest an topic that you'd like to see someone else write an article on

Please see the page with further information about contributing. You can also contact the Promotion SIG, or just email Rich directly (rbowen@centosproject.org) with ideas or articles that you'd like to see in the next newsletter.

 

The CentOS Project is pleased to be hosting a one-day Dojo, in conjunction with the upcoming DevConfUS conference, on August 14, 2019.

The one-day event, located on the campus of Boston University in the George Sherman Union Building, will feature talks on:

  • Running CentOS and Terraform on AWS
  • Supercomputing at NC State University
  • An Introduction to Keylime
  • Using Applications Streams
  • Lightning talks about what you’re working on

The event is free, but attendees should register for the event so planners can get an idea of attendance. 

In the evening we’ll be gathering at a local watering hole for less formal discussions, accompanied by food and great local beers - location to be announced on the day of the event!

CentOS will continue its presence at DevConfUS with a booth and various talks, so even if you miss the Dojo, there’s still plenty of time to meet with folks working on CentOS. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The CentOS Atomic SIG has released an updated version of CentOS Atomic Host (7.1906), an operating system designed to run Linux containers, built from standard CentOS 7 RPMs, and tracking the component versions included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host.

CentOS Atomic Host includes these core component versions:

  • atomic-1.22.1-26.gitb507039.el7.centos.x86_64
  • rpm-ostree-client-2018.5-2.atomic.el7.x86_64
  • ostree-2018.5-1.el7.x86_64
  • cloud-init-18.2-1.el7.centos.2.x86_64
  • docker-1.13.1-96.gitb2f74b2.el7.centos.x86_64
  • kernel-3.10.0-957.21.3.el7.x86_64
  • podman-1.3.2-1.git14fdcd0.el7.centos.x86_64
  • flannel-0.7.1-4.el7.x86_64
  • etcd-3.3.11-2.el7.centos.x86_64

Download CentOS Atomic Host

CentOS Atomic Host is available as a VirtualBox or libvirt-formatted Vagrant box, or as an installable ISO, or qcow2 image. For links to media, see the CentOS wiki.

Upgrading

If you’re running a previous version of CentOS Atomic Host, you can upgrade to the current image by running the following command:

# atomic host upgrade

Release Cycle

The CentOS Atomic Host image follows the upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host cadence. After sources are released, they’re rebuilt and included in new images. After the images are tested by the SIG and deemed ready, we announce them.

Getting Involved

CentOS Atomic Host is produced by the CentOS Atomic SIG, based on upstream work from Project Atomic. If you’d like to work on testing images, help with packaging, documentation – join us!

You’ll often find us in #atomic and/or #centos-devel if you have questions. You can also join the atomic-devel mailing list if you’d like to discuss the direction of Project Atomic, its components, or have other questions.

Getting Help

If you run into any problems with the images or components, feel free to ask on the centos-devel mailing list.

Have questions about using Atomic? See the atomic mailing list or find us in the #atomic channel on Freenode.

CentOS community,

Today marks a new day in the 26-year history of Red Hat. IBM has finalized its acquisition of Red Hat which will operate as a distinct unit within IBM moving forward.

What does this mean for Red Hat’s contributions to the CentOS project?

In short, nothing.

Red Hat always has and will continue to be a champion for open source and projects like CentOS. IBM is committed to Red Hat’s independence and role in open source software communities so that we can continue this work without interruption or changes.

Our mission, governance, and objectives remain the same. We will continue to execute the existing project roadmap. Red Hat associates will continue to contribute to the upstream in the same ways they have been. And, as always, we will continue to help upstream projects be successful and contribute to welcoming new members and maintaining the project.

We will do this together, with the community, as we always have.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about today’s news, I encourage you to review the list of materials below. Red Hat CTO Chris Wright will host an online Q&A session in the coming days where you can ask questions you may have about what the acquisition means for Red Hat and our involvement in open source communities. Details will be announced on the Red Hat blog

More info:

Press release

Chris Wright blog - Red Hat and IBM: Accelerating the adoption of open source

FAQ on Red Hat Community Blog

We are pleased to announce new official Vagrant images of CentOS Linux 6.10 and CentOS Linux 7.6.1810 for x86_64. All included packages have been updated to May 30th, 2019.

Known Issues

  1. The VirtualBox Guest Additions are not preinstalled; if you need them for shared folders, please install the vagrant-vbguest plugin and add the following line to your Vagrantfile:
    config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", type: "virtualbox"

    We recommend using NFS instead of VirtualBox shared folders if possible; you can also use the vagrant-sshfs plugin, which, unlike NFS, works on all operating systems.

  2. Since the Guest Additions are missing, our images are preconfigured to use rsync for synced folders. Windows users can either use SMB for synced folders, or disable the sync directory by adding the line
    config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", disabled: true

    to their Vagrantfile, to prevent errors on "vagrant up".

  3. Installing open-vm-tools is not enough for enabling shared folders with Vagrant’s VMware provider. Please follow the detailed instructions in https://github.com/mvermaes/centos-vmware-tools
  4. Some people reported "could not resolve host" errors when running the centos/7 image for VirtualBox on Windows hosts. We don't have access to any Windows computer, but some people reported that adding the following line to the Vagrantfile fixed the problem:
    vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--natdnshostresolver1", "off"]

Recommended Setup on the Host

Our automatic testing is running on a CentOS Linux 7 host, using Vagrant 1.9.4 with vagrant-libvirt and VirtualBox 5.1.20 (without the Guest Additions) as providers. We strongly recommend using the libvirt provider when stability is required.

Downloads

The official images can be downloaded from Vagrant Cloud. We provide images for HyperV, libvirt-kvm, VirtualBox and VMware.

If you never used our images before:

vagrant box add centos/6 # for CentOS Linux 6, or...
vagrant box add centos/7 # for CentOS Linux 7

Existing users can upgrade their images:

vagrant box update --box centos/6
vagrant box update --box centos/7

Verifying the integrity of the images

The SHA256 checksums of the images are signed with the CentOS 7 Official Signing Key. First, download and verify the checksum file:

$ curl http://cloud.centos.org/centos/7/vagrant/x86_64/images/sha256sum.txt.asc -o sha256sum.txt.asc
$ gpg --verify sha256sum.txt.asc

Once you are sure that the checksums are properly signed by the CentOS Project, you have to include them in your Vagrantfile (Vagrant unfortunately ignores the checksum provided from the command line). Here's the relevant snippet from my own Vagrantfile, using v1803.01 and VirtualBox:

Vagrant.configure(2) do |config|
  config.vm.box = "centos/7"

  config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |virtualbox, override|
    virtualbox.memory = 1024
    override.vm.box_download_checksum_type = "sha256"
    override.vm.box_download_checksum = "b24c912b136d2aa9b7b94fc2689b2001c8d04280cf25983123e45b6a52693fb3"
    override.vm.box_url = "https://cloud.centos.org/centos/7/vagrant/x86_64/images/CentOS-7-x86_64-Vagrant-1803_01.VirtualBox.box"
  end
end

Feedback

If you encounter any unexpected issues with the Vagrant images, feel free to ask on the centos-devel mailing list, or in #centos on Freenode IRC.

Ackowledgements

I would like to warmly thank Brian Stinson, Fabian Arrotin and Thomas Oulevey for their work on the build infrastructure, as well as Patrick Lang from Microsoft for testing and feedback on the Hyper-V images. I would also like to thank the CentOS Project Lead, Karanbir Singh, without whose years of continuous support we wouldn't have had the Vagrant images in their present form.

I would also like to thank the following people (in alphabetical order):

  • Graham Mainwaring, for helping with tests and validations;
  • Michael Vermaes, for testing our official images, as well as for writing the detailed guide to using them with VMware Fusion Pro and VMware Workstation Pro;
  • Kirill Kalachev, for reporting and debugging the host name errors with VirtualBox on Windows hosts.

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

Yes, I'm running a little behind schedule with this month's newsletter. That's because I just got back from the Open Source Summit in Shanghai, where I met a number of CentOS enthusiasts. More about that a little later.