Hi Everyone,

Below is this week's CPE weekly for week ending 2020-09-20.

I found that if you want to skip to the hackmd, you can use the view
link https://hackmd.io/8iV7PilARSG68Tqv8CzKOQ?view and then use the
header bar on your left to skip to either the Fedora or CentOS
updates, whichever interest you.

I'll also be adjusting these updates in the coming weeks to make them
a bit more direct to consume. Thanks for giving me this feedback in
the CPE survey, I want to deliver value to you all, so it's great to
KNOW what you find valuable first hand

General Project Updates

As a reminder, below are the projects the CPE team are working on for
the months of July, August & September:
* Data Centre Move - Final Works
* CentOS Stream Phase 3
* Noggin Phase 3
* Packager Workflow Healthcare
* Fedora Messaging Schemas

We have recently held our Q4 planning session and the CPE review team,
Fedora, CentOS and RHEL BU have voted the following projects for
action in Q4, which is the months of October November & December:

* OSBS for aarch64
* Fedora-messaging schemas

We are continuing to work on CentOS Stream and Noggin and took these
projects as confirmed when looking at what other work our team could
realistically complete in the Q4 period, given that there's both
Thanksgiving and Christmas time off to consider, plus any time off our
team wishes to take.

The taiga cards of Noggin, CentOS Stream, OSBS for aarch64 and
fedora-messaging schemas will be updated next week with what our team
hopes to deliver in the next quarter on each of the projects.
Our project board is here (it's just not updated properly - yet)
https://tree.taiga.io/project/amoloney1-cpe-team-projects/kanban?epic=null

Misc

GitLab

Thank you so much to everyone for adding your questions to the doc for
the GitLab AMA session on Thursday 10th September, and for your
attendance on the day during the call.
Here is the full AMA transcript
https://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-meeting-1/2020-09-10/ama_session_with_gitlab.2020-09-10-13.31.log.html
however it is a bit confusing to read so we got a few great
suggestions to have dedicated topics like Message Bus and Branching,
etc go out to the devel lists to discuss. I'm happy to start this next
week, but I will collect the questions related to each topic and
propose a cadence to send them out first to discuss, so people dont
miss mails and know the week ending 2nd October will be (for example)
the topic of Group Permissions - What do you think?

GitLab have also agreed to answer the questions, we have asked them to
do so within 2 weeks of the AMA so as soon as this is complete I will
let you know so you can read through them on the hackmd link.
The link is here where we asked you to contribute your questions and I
will be posting answers once we have them underneath
https://hackmd.io/RW8HahOeR7OJPON1dwuo3w

I really appreciate your involvement with this as we begin to dig
deeper into how this might play out next year and what way it should
for everyone's benefit.

Project Updates

*The below updates are pulled directly from our CPE team call we have
every week.*

CentOS Updates

CentOS

* Deployed new 4.5.9 openshift cluster for Stream
* The team provisioned EC2 infra for team responsible for
registry.centos.org (we don’t maintain it, so just providing infra,
like Fedora does for Copr)
* They also migrated a bunch of nodes to the new Ansible CI inventory

CentOS Stream

* Using Openshift cluster for engineering work and will be using it to
deploy & test mbbox in our infra
* Scoping and refining work for October November & December

Fedora

General

* 6 of 8 Beta-blockers have fixes for F33 beta
* New release of fedscm_admin
* FMW mac and windows binaries are signed

Staging Environment

* About 70% done installing vm’s (27 left out of 88)
* Still need to bring up aarch64/armv7/ppc64le builders
* Databases need syncing

AAA Replacement

* The team are working on testing Ipsilon in Staging and adding OpenID
Connect Capability
* they are also testing fas2ipa migration script in tiny-stage and improve it
* Add Noggin to tiny-stage environment and test
* The teams kanban board where they track their work can be found here
https://github.com/orgs/fedora-infra/projects/6

Fedora Messaging Schemas

* This project is on hold until Noggin completes.
* It will be resumed around December timeframe and is part of our Q4
workload to complete
* There is a list of applications that require messaging schemas can
be found here https://hackmd.io/@nilsph/H1i8CAbkP/edit
* There is a readme which contains documentation on messaging schemas,
a cookie-cutter template to create the schema and a definition of Done
for writing a schemas
https://github.com/fedora-infra/fedora-messaging-schemas-issues
* The board they are working from can be viewed here
https://github.com/orgs/fedora-infra/projects/7

Packager Workflow Healthcare

* The team have been working on more improvements and fixes to the
monitor-gating
* These improvements have led to
* Finding a bug in our testing script
* Improved log messages
* We actually caught a problem!
* The data the team have been reviewing have been from April - July
and have already discovered that so far it looks like Pagure, koji and
bodhi work well
* We see some intermittent problems, but nothing too big, mostly
only spikes in runtime
* Fedora CI still looks like a POC, but functional
* Our test-script hitting timeouts/failing 10% of the time
* Gating (greenwave/resultsdb/waiverdb) looks functional, but
relies on CI and doesn't have as much packages going through the
workflow
* A more formal report will be published soon as part of the project
deliverable so keep an eye on their work!
* The teams work is being tracked here
https://teams.fedoraproject.org/project/cpe-cicd/kanban

Team Info

Changes to CPE Product Owner Office Hours

Following the feedback received in the CPE survey, I will be reducing
my IRC office hours to once per month.

#fedora-meeting-1

* Next Meeting: 2020-10-15 @ 1300 UTC on #fedora-meeting-1

#centos-meeting

* Next Meeting: 2020-10-13 @ 1500 UTC on #centos-meeting

Background:

The Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short, is the Red
Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS.
Our goal is to keep core servers and services running and maintained,
build releases, and other strategic tasks that need more dedicated
time than volunteers can give.

See our wiki page here for more
information: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/cpe/

As always, feedback is welcome, and we will continue to look at ways
to improve the delivery and readability of this weekly report.

Have a great week!

Aoife

Source: https://hackmd.io/8iV7PilARSG68Tqv8CzKOQ?view

 

Hi everyone,

Welcome to September! Below are the most recent Community Platform
Engineering project updates, and if you want to know more about our
team, see our wiki page here for more information on who our team is:
https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/cpe/

Here are some upcoming IRC meetings:

CPE Product Owner Office Hours

#fedora-meeting-1

* Weekly on Thursdays @ 1300 UTC on #fedora-meeting-1
* Next Meeting: 2020-09-03

#centos-meeting

* Every second Tuesday @ 1500 UTC on #centos-meeting
* Next Meeting: 2020-09-01

GitLab AMA Session

* September 10th @ 1330 UTC on #fedora-meeting-1

Below are the project & community updates this week:

GitLab

There will be an IRC based AMA session with GitLab on Thursday 10th
September @ 1330 UTC in place of the CPE PO office hours.
We are still talking to GitLab but we are deliberately taking our time
to make sure all of the technical blockers can be met and the move
will be worth it in the end.
There is very little to no updates in the tracker, but I will include
it nonetheless https://gitlab.com/gitlab-org/gitlab/-/issues/217350
I will also be sending a separate email on details of the AMA session
later this week, such as how to submit questions in advance so there
is content ready on the day.

Note: Since I'm posting this to the blog after the meeting, you may wish to read the

CentOS Updates

CentOS

* Updated ocp.stg to OCP v4.5.6.
* Added a number of users to the jump.ci host.
* Adding monitoring/alerting for NFS slowness to the ocp cluster.

CentOS Stream

* Module push tweaks.
* Exploring how to enable fedora messaging in Stream
* Reviewing documentation on contributor policies before publishing
them later this quarter.

Fedora Updates

Staging Environment

* Services will begin to be deployed this week
* Please be patient as some services will inevitably not work due to
networking errors that the team don't know until they deploy
* Thank you again for your patience and understanding during these
last few months!

AAA Replacement

* Deployment to staging for testing is delayed due to missing firewalls in IAD2
* This has just recently been unblocked so the team will begin some
deployment and testing of Noggin this week
* Wider community testing will be available, estimated next week
* In the meantime. Please feel free to check out the team kanban board
for more information on the features the team are working on and have
already completed here https://github.com/orgs/fedora-infra/projects/6

Fedora Messaging Schemas

* List of applications that require messaging schemas can be found
here https://hackmd.io/@nilsph/H1i8CAbkP/edit
* There is a readme which contains documentation on messaging schemas,
a cookie-cutter template to create the schema and a definition of Done
for writing a schemas
https://github.com/fedora-infra/fedora-messaging-schemas-issues
* The board they are working from can be viewed here
https://github.com/orgs/fedora-infra/projects/7

Packager Workflow Healthcare

* The team have been reviewing data on how packages are built in the
fedora infrastructure for the last 8 weeks and have gathered enough
information to create a report on their findings.
* This report is currently in draft format, and is going to be
reviewed by the team first, and then sent to the devel and infra lists
in the next 2 weeks est.
* The teams work is being tracked here
https://teams.fedoraproject.org/project/cpe-cicd/kanban

Here is a reminder of what our team has committed to work on in this
quarter of the year:

The CPE team are working on the following projects for Quarter 3,
which is the months of July, August & September:
* Data Centre Move - Final Works
* CentOS Stream Phase 3
* Noggin Phase 3
* Packager Workflow Healthcare
* Fedora Messaging Schemas

Details of the above projects, and of projects currently in progress,
done and what projects are in our backlog, can be found on our taiga
board per project card:
https://tree.taiga.io/project/amoloney1-cpe-team-projects/kanban?epic=null

We also have an updated initiative timetable for briefing in new
projects to our team & key dates
here: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/cpe/time_tables/
*Note: Initiatives are large pieces of work that require a team of
people and weeks/months to complete. Please continue to open tickets
in the normal way for bugs, issues, etc.

Background:

The Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short, is the Red
Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS.
Our goal is to keep core servers and services running and maintained,
build releases, and other strategic tasks that need more dedicated
time than volunteers can give.

As always, feedback is welcome, and we will continue to look at ways
to improve the delivery and readability of this weekly report.

Have a great week!

Aoife

Source: https://hackmd.io/8iV7PilARSG68Tqv8CzKOQ?view

 

As any open source project grows and matures, the people who have always done all the things can’t do everything any more. CentOS is at that point (really, we have been for a long time) and we’ve been struggling with those kind of growing pains for some years.

Recently, we made a small change in process, so that SIG leads can manage their own SIG membership and permissions associated with SIG membership. This removed some of the load on the people who have traditionally handled this on behalf of the SIGs. This change was made possible by updates in the authentication tooling, and has the Board looking at other areas where we can move more operational things out of the Board, which can then focus on governance and executive tasks.

Another area where this need for maturity has been clear for a while is our infrastructure, where a small number of people handle all of the infrastructure tasks. As our infrastructure grows (in both size and complexity) this has put us in situations where work was blocked because those people didn’t have time to get tasks done. And, sometimes, people like to take a holiday.

This week, the Board of Directors approved a plan to move infrastructure oversight into a SIG structure, so that different parts of the infra can be delegated to a larger group of people. We have already been in partnership with CPE (Red Hat’s Community Platform Engineering team) to do some of these tasks, and this will give greater liberty to spread the load around even further, but also greater transparency around what it takes to be granted that access.

We are still in the process of figuring out what is in scope, and collecting a community of interested volunteers willing to do the work. The CentOS infrastructure is very broad, including build machines, the mirror network, systems with donated hosting, and so on, and we want to be sure that we do this in a way that doesn’t interfere with the work that’s already being done by so many people, while at the same time working to identify more places where volunteers can make a difference.

To be clear, giving administrative access to any systems still requires a great deal of trust and assurance of competence. We’re not giving the keys away to anyone who asks. But people who have demonstrated that competence and trustworthiness will be able to do some of the tasks that have, thus far, been handled by 2 or 3 people. We’ll be working to develop and publish some clear guidelines around who can be trusted with this access, and how to demonstrate that competence.

The exact details of how this SIG will operate are still being worked out. But the Board has approved Aoife Moloney as the first Infrastructure SIG chair, since she has already been sending infrastructure updates to the centos-devel mailing list roughly weekly for some months now, and is a logical person to take on this organizational responsibility. So, thank you, and welcome, to Aoife, for her willingness to tackle this job.
We welcome participation and comment from anyone with the skills or interest to be helpful, particularly if you are already administering any of the infrastructure that the CentOS project relies on.

On 2020-07-08 the CentOS Board of Directors met to discuss ongoing business. The Board welcomed Brian "bex" Exelbierd as a new member Director as Red Hat Liaison. Additional topics included clarifying the Secretary documents/minutes handling, reviewing the new SIG process document proposed by Rich Bowen.

A reboot of the NFV SIG was approved and the new SIG chair is ​Alfredo Moralejo. Join us to welcome Alfredo, the NFV SIG meetings minutes can be checked for further details !

Rich Bowen and the board, congratulate Alain Reguera Delgado and Fabian Arrotin for the new CentOS website design and contribution process.

The Board came to the following decisions, resolutions, and agreements discussing the issues listed at https://git.centos.org/centos/board/issues :

  • Action #5 #7 and #14 can be closed.
  • #17 Board members' links need updating Board member ACTION to review their Biography over the next weeks.
  • #12 Adding SIG leaders to Board meetings AGREED to invite SIG chairs when SIG input is needed or having a dedicated meeting to have a shorter agenda. More info will come when we redefine the SIG process following Rich Bowen proposal.
  • #01 Shift Board to be more transparent in support of becoming a contributor-focused open source project ACTION To provide a list of concrete actions over the next weeks. Now we have public issues and a way to contact the board, another change will be to improve the SIG process for contribution.
  • #10 Add Secretary role to the governance ; ACTION this task is ongoing and should be closed in next weeks.
  • #13 Get an official CentOS image in to WSL ; ACTION To pursue this item the board needs to draft a list of requirements. and review needed actions.
  • #18 Rebuilding OVS/OVN in NFV Sig ; AGREED Unanimous consensus to name Alfredo Moralejo as chair.

Note: my apologies for the slow publication of these minutes; transitioning into this new Secretary role has been a little overwhelming, but I am committed to publish next meeting minutes in a timely manner.

Linux clothes specialist HELLOTUX from Europe, who makes the official Fedora shirts, signed an agreement with Red Hat to make embroidered CentOS t-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts. They have been making Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, and other Linux shirts for 18 years, and now the collection is extended to CentOS.

Instead of printing, they use programmable embroidery machines to make the CentOS embroidery. All of the design work is made exclusively with Linux, using Inkscape, GIMP and a machine independent embroidery tool (Embird) under Wine.

Wearing these shirts you can proudly show your commitment to CentOS and free software in the upcoming years.

You can get the CentOS polos and t-shirts in blue or black and the sweatshirt in gray from HELLOTUX.

Hi, CentOS enthusiasts, and thanks for coming back for another edition of the CentOS monthly community newsletter.

If you want to receive notifications of new newsletters in the future, subscribe to the centos-newsletter mailing list!

News:

Boothole:

In last month's newsletter, we told you about Boothole, and the fix for it. And if you were following that issue, you probably know that for some users, the fix was broken, causing a failure to boot. Since then (actually, the next day) Red Hat addressed the issue in RHEL, and CentOS released that same fix shortly thereafter. Red Hat has written up a detailed analysis of the flaw, which also applies to CentOS users, since CentOS Linux is a rebuild of RHEL.

The short version is that it is fixed, and you should update to the latest kernel, grub, and shim, to mitigate this flaw.

Events:

Nest With Fedora

The Fedora community's annual conference is usually named Flock. As in, flock together with all of your Fedora friends! But, this year, we cannot flock, and so we had to stay home in our nests. This year's Nest with Fedora conference was held the first week of August, and is now over. But if you missed it, you can still see the presentations on the Fedora YouTube channel.

Gitlab AMA

If you're interested in what's coming with the new Gitlab infrastructure for CentOS, you should read the CPE Weekly report each week. But if you have questions, your opportunity to ask them is on September 10th at 13:30 UTC, on the #fedora-meeting-1 channel on Freenode. CPE staff will be on-hand to discuss what's planned and how it will affect you, and answer all of your questions.

SIG reports

This month we have reports from two of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs): OpsTools and Virtualization.

OpsTools SIG Quarterly report

Purpose

Provide tools for operators and build up operational knowledge for
large infrastructures

Membership update

Over the past quarter, we did not attract new contributors nor we lost
one.

Activity update

Over the past quarter, we mostly worked on migrating the CI
hosted on RDO project infrastructure from CentOS 7 to CentOS
8. Recently, we also started building collectd plugins written in Go,
which also requires a bit of dependencies provided.

VIRT SIG REPORT

oVirt

- oVirt 2020 online conference will be held on September 7th, registration open. More info at https://blogs.ovirt.org/ovirt-2020-online-conference/
- oVirt 4.4.2 expected in the first half of September.
- Sandro Bonazzola is now co-chair of Virtualization SIG
- Dominik Holler also joined NFV SIG, starting to move openvswitch ovn there.

Advanced Virtualization

- We have new maintainer: Eduardo Lima (etrunko)
- Advanced Virtualization from 8.2.1.z expected in the first half of September.

Kata containers

- recently added kata containers repository shipping same version shipped by Fedora: http://mirror.centos.org/centos/8/virt/x86_64/kata-containers/

Updates

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:

Get Involved!

In our recent CentOS community survey, many of you said you wanted to be move involved in the work that the community does. Here are some places where you can do that.

Contribute to the website and wiki. The CentOS website is (and always will be!) a work in progress. You can submit pull requests to improve it. The website is primarily for information about the CentOS project, and its governance, while the wiki is for information that changes more frequently, such as SIGs, events, and releases. If you want to contribute to the wiki (which is much larger than the website), join the centos-docs mailing list, and request edit access for the portion of the wiki you'd like to help improve.

Would you like to help us produce a virtual Dojo? (CentOS Dojos are one-day events focusing on technical topics.) We would like to do several over the next 6 months, and are looking for people to take ownership of an event. Pick a theme or topic emphasis. Find speakers. Promote the event. If you'd like to help, get in touch with us on the centos-promo mailing list to get started.

CentOS has a number of online discussion forums where people gather to ask questions and dispense solutions. The official CentOS Forum is the one that we run ourselves, but there's also the very active (and very helpful!) r/CentOS on Reddit, and the CentOS Facebook group, where thousands of people come every day with their questions and answers. Your expertise and patient, compassionate help, is always welcome, as we try to help beginner become experts. And, of course, the centos-devel mailing list, as well as the centos mailing list, are our primary communication channels with the community, and a great place to help out.

Finally, there's this newsletter. At the moment, it's a one-person show, and we would really like to expand that to more contributors. We need news from around the CentOS ecosystem, articles about using CentOS, and stories about what interesting things people are doing with CentOS. Come join us on the centos-promo mailing list with your suggestions.

Background:

The Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short, is the Red
Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS.
Our goal is to keep core servers and services running and maintained,
build releases, and other strategic tasks that need more dedicated
time than volunteers can give.

See our wiki page here for more
information: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/cpe/

General Project Updates

The CPE team are working on the following projects for Quarter 3,
which is the months of July, August & September:
* Data Centre Move - Final Works
* CentOS Stream Phase 3
* Noggin Phase 3
* Packager Workflow Healthcare
* Fedora Messaging Schemas

Details of the above projects, and of projects currently in progress,
done and what projects are in our backlog, can be found on our taiga
board per project card:
https://tree.taiga.io/project/amoloney1-cpe-team-projects/kanban?epic=null

We also have an updated initiative timetable for briefing in new
projects to our team & key dates
here: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/cpe/time_tables/
*Note: Initiatives are large pieces of work that require a team of
people and weeks/months to complete. Please continue to open tickets
in the normal way for bugs, issues, etc.

CPE Product Owner Office Hours

#fedora-meeting-1

* Weekly on Thursdays @ 1300 UTC on #fedora-meeting-1
* Next Meeting: 2020-08-20

#centos-meeting

* Every second Tuesday @ 1500 UTC on #centos-meeting
* Next Meeting: 2020-08-18

 

Misc

Nest With Fedora Note

Thank you to everyone who attended Nest With Fedora over the weekend
and engaged with us during our talks and social sessions. It was a
fantastic event, very well put together and run by the Fedora team and
it was both my pleasure and honour to have been a part of what was a
fantastic schedule! I cant wait to catch up on talks I missed when
they are uploaded, and the CPE team, with thanks to Michal Konecny who
put the structure of our piece together, will be submitting a
collaborative blog post to the Community blog space in the coming
weeks, recapping our experience at Nest this year. Well done Marie
Nordin, Matthew Miller and the wider team, and our very own Vipul
Siddarth, on what was a very successful and enjoyable event!

Engagement Email Feedback

At the beginning of July I sent an email to devel-announce requesting
feedback from the community on changes I and the wider CPE team have
made when scheduling projects to work on, in an effort to find the
balance between work and life. We are still searching
However, I got some very good tips that I will definitely be
incorporating which I shared at Nest during the CPE AMA Session and in
reply to the original mail.

The link to the mails are here for full reading
https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/devel-announce@lists.fedoraproject.org/thread/UNWTLOI2U4VKAU4IKJZGZLZ2DTMPEFBW/

But the suggestions and actions are here for quicker reference:
Continue to communicate regularly on projects & updates
- Will do, weekly emails have been a bit more sporadic lately as I have had
some time off

Less acronyms & abbreviations in comms
- Sure, that's an easy fix on my end and makes sense

Publish team members timezone on docs.fpo/cpe to help define our ‘working
hours’
- Will do, I hope to get to this by end of August and they will be
reflected on docs.fpo/cpe

Publish the workflow diagram to docs.fpo/cpe and add filtered versions that
are user specific
- Same as above, publishing it on docs.fpo/cpe-initiatives

Office Hours on IRC are a useful way to contact team Product Owner
- Great to hear, please feel free to stop by when you can/want to. They are
on Thursdays @ 1300 UTC on #fedora-meeting-1 and every second Tuesday @
1500 UTC on #centos-meeting

Public tracker for bugs
- Our team meets twice a day, every day on IRC to review tickets and issues
to work on. They meet @ 0830 UTC on #centos-meeting and again @ 1800 UTC on
#fedora-admin. These are public meetings so please feel free to attend.

If you would like to offer any further suggestions or feedback on the
Community Platform Engineering team, please feel free to complete our
survey which is open until August 30th
https://fedoraproject.limequery.com/696793?lang=en

Fedora Updates

Data Centre Move

* Nearly done!!!!!!
* Firewalls for staging are going up this week
* Last of the hardware has been set up for networking changes
* The bringup of Communishift is being made into a dedicated project
for work as soon as the team have capacity to do so - this may be in
late September as the members of the colo team will (hopefully) take
some very well deserved time off work before tackling this one

AAA Replacement

* Some of the Noggin team have been enjoying some very well deserved
time off work over the last week or two so work has, naturally slowed.
* The code is currently being security audited by Patrick Uiterwijk,
thank you Patrick!
* Next steps will be to successfully deploy Noggin to staging when it
has been brought back up - we are estimating this to be late next week
* Once Noggin has been deployed to staging, we would love some
community feedback on the application and its performance. We will be
emailing the infra/devel lists on when to test and how to give us
feedback when we are fully deployed in stg.
* In the meantime. Please feel free to check out the team kanban board
for more information on the features the team are working on and have
already completed here https://github.com/orgs/fedora-infra/projects/6

Fedora Messaging Schemas

* This project is being worked on by the same team as Noggin, so there
has been some progress made but not a lot as team members enjoy some
holidays
* The team have already built a list of applications that require
messaging schemas, list can be found here
https://hackmd.io/@nilsph/H1i8CAbkP/edit
* They also have completed a readme which contains documentation on
messaging schemas, a cookie-cutter template to create the schema and a
definition of Done for writing a schemas
https://github.com/fedora-infra/fedora-messaging-schemas-issues
* The board they are working from can be viewed here
https://github.com/orgs/fedora-infra/projects/7

Packager Workflow Healthcare

* Project information: This is an investigative project that aims to
look at the entire packager workflow as a single piece of tooling to
identify where failures happen, and try to identify when and why
packages fail at different points within the workflow. We hope to have
two possible outcomes from this project at the end of the quarter
(September):
* The workflow breaks at X point and we will work on a solution to fix
* OR
* The workflow works fine, but we will need better monitoring on
the pipeline so we will work on a solution for this
* The team are using this Monitor-Script
https://pagure.io/fedora-ci/monitor-gating/ and are making
improvements to it on resiliency/reliability.
* They are finishing the investigation phase of the project and are
going to document the packager workflow (with graphs I have been
promised!) showcasing how the different systems interact with one
another
* And are working on an outline of the workflow steps (from packager
PoV) and systems involved (CPE team PoV), identifying metrics to be
measured
* The teams work is being tracked here
https://teams.fedoraproject.org/project/cpe-cicd/kanban

CentOS Updates

CentOS

* CentOS-infra team have created a ticket board, check it out here
https://pagure.io/centos-infra/boards/CentOS%20CI%20Infra
* CBS Koji x86 builders moved to new(er) infrastructure
(https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2020-August/055988.html)
* The team also caught up C6, C7 and C8 Linux .. 2 outstanding
Bootstrap Modules for C8 Linux (eclipse and the latest rust-toolset).

CentOS Stream

* Not too much to report this week - The team are mostly working on
developing utility scripts that will ease the CentOS 8 and CentOS
Stream packaging workflow and business as usual updates to CentOS
Stream.

As always, feedback is welcome, and we will continue to look at ways
to improve the delivery and readability of this weekly report.

Have a great week!

Aoife

Source: https://hackmd.io/8iV7PilARSG68Tqv8CzKOQ?view

 

Hey folks,

CPE need your help 🙂

Over the last several months we've been trying to improve how we interact and share information with you all. From the blog posts, to mails and how we work on the tickets you send us.

Here is a link to a very short survey we've put together to learn how we can give you the best experience possible going forward by understanding the experiences you've had recently.

If you could take the time (5mins max) to complete it for us it would be hugely valuable as we work on this continuous improvement - https://fedoraproject.limequery.com/696793

Cheers,

Ant.

 

Dear CentOS enthusiasts,

Here's what's been happening over the past month.

News:

Boothole

Last week we were made aware of a security hole in grub2, and released a fix for that. You can see the details about this on the centos-announce mailing list. Unfortunately, the fix itself had problems that caused a small percentage of systems to be unbootable. We have since released fixes for that situation, too, which you can read about in the resolution of this bug - https://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=17631 - and additional information may be found in the RHEL ticket, here: https://access.redhat.com/solutions/5272311

Further discussion of the issue may be found in recent threads on the centos@centos.org mailing list.

User Survey

Over the past 3 or 4 months, we have been running a survey about how you use CentOS. Many thanks to those who participated in this, to help us better understand how we can give you what you need.

I've written up the results of the survey here - https://blog.centos.org/2020/07/centos-community-user-survey/

While some of the results were expected - most of you use CentOS in small to medium shops, running services either for work or personal use - there were some eye-opening things in this. To me personally, the volunteerism question shows that a lot of you are looking for places to get involved, and that we haven't done a great job telling you where and how. We'll be working to fix that.

For those of you who missed the survey, we intend to do this again, perhaps as often as twice a year, and also provide opportunities to give more feedback beyond the simple 5-minute questionnaire.

Thank you all for participating, and for being part of our community.

New website: Contribution information

By now you've noticed the fresh look on the centos.org website. But it's not just a new look. It's also a new back-end, which, among other things, makes it easier for you to contribute changes and updates to the content. Please see this blog post for information about how you can help us improve the CentOS website.

CPE Updates

The Community Platform Engineering group is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS. Our goal is to keep core servers and services running and maintained, build releases, and other strategic tasks that need more dedicated time than volunteers can give.

Events:

Nest

This weekend is Nest - the Fedora conference. This conference is usually known as Flock, or "Flock To Fedora", but this year, since we cannot flock, we're going to nest at home.

Register at the event website (it's free!) and join us this weekend for 3 days of great Fedora (and CentOS!) content.

DevConf.US

DevConf is next month, and is another free, online event. DevConf targets developers - especially those developing on Linux. Event details and registration are available on the event website.

SIG reports:

Storage SIG:

NFS-Ganesha and libntirpc were updated to 2.8.4/1.8.1 and 3.3/3.3 respectively.
To help gfidente out and get Ceph back on track, I migrated the Ceph dist-git repos to git.centos.org from the old repos on github and converted them to the new format. I went ahead and built ceph-14.2.9 (el7, el8) and 15.2.3 (el8 only because python3) — which were the current versions at the time. But since then 14.2.10 and 15.2.4 have been released, and the release of 14.2.11 is imminent.
It's a bit beyond the quarter time frame, but glusterfs-coreutils was updated finally after many years to version 0.3.1 and built for el7 and el8; gluster-block was updated to version 0.4 and built for el8. The previous version (0.3) remains in place for el7.

Updates

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:

Other releases

The following releases/updates also happened during July:

I hope that by now you've seen the fresh new look on centos.org. If not, you should go look now.

Community member Alain Reguera Delgado, Fabian Arrotin, and a number of others proposed some style updates to the site, as well as a change to the way the site is generated and served. In addition to looking great, this also greatly simplifies the process of updating the content of the site.

If there are changes that you want to suggest for the CentOS website, the process for doing so is documented HERE, and the site content is there, too. You can send a pull request there, and we'll review them and publish once approved.

The CentOS website is *your* website, and we welcome your contributions to it.