Attendees

Board members

  • Pat Riehecky
  • Brian Exelbierd
  • Davide Cavalca
  • Jim Perrin
  • Mike McLean
  • Tru Huyhn
  • Rich Bowen (Chair)
  • Thomas Oulevey (Secretary)

Directors Absent

  • Josh Boyer
  • Johnny Hughes
  • Karanbir Singh

Guests

  • Lance Albertson
  • Alain Reguera Delgado
  • Neal Gompa
  • Amy Marrich
  • Brian Stinson
  • Karsten Wade

**Quorum at 22:05**

Agenda

Previous minutes

On-going discussion

  • Artwork SIG - Status and discussion

    • https://git.centos.org/centos/Artwork/issue/1
    • Related to [#04 Definitive answer requested regarding logo design] issue
    • Rich: Consult with legal: Must we get it registered, or can we just start using the new design ?
      • ACTION: To be investigated
    • Pat: Comments for logo consistency with arrows, it should be added as  a comment on the issue.
    • Extra branding is appreciated by the audience
    • Move forward with the proposal, no objection.
    • Thanks to Alain Reguera Delgado for all the work around the logo.
  • Operate First introduction

    • https://git.centos.org/centos/board/issue/63
    • Slides for discussion
      1. Summary and requests
      2. Introduction of Operate First, concept and community
      3. Look at the Operate First community cloud
      4. Q&A, requests
    • Jim: What involvement from the board is expected and why ?
    • Karsten: It could help SIG and Stream development
    • Jim: It could be run by the Infra SIG but need to clarify if Stream will be put forward by this RH initiative.
    • Jim: Request should come from elsewhere with a clear commitement.
    • Neal: SIG vs layered product
    • Pat: How / Who?

Issues

https://git.centos.org/centos/board/issues

No issue have been discussed this month, specific updates will be amended to the issue itself if needed.

Community Architect updates

AOB

  • none

**Adjourned at 22h55**

Dear CentOS community,

It’s been another interesting and productive month in the CentOS project.

If you’d like to contribute your own stories or articles to this newsletter, please join us on the centos-promo mailing list.

Project News

Public Board of Directors Meetings

As part of our onging effort to increase transparency and participation at CentOS, the August board of directors meeting was completely public. You can watch the proceedings on YouTube, and see the [meeting minutes on the CentOS blog.(https://blog.centos.org/2021/08/minutes-for-centos-board-of-directors-for-2021-08-11/)

We know that board meetings aren’t exactly exciting, and we’re not expecting to have a lot of people watch the whole thing, but transparancy is at the heart of Open Source, and so we are working towards opening every part of the process which has not been thus far.

After the board meeting, we held an open town hall on IRC, where various community members brought their questions and comments. The transcript of this meeting is available in the archive.

Both of these features (i.e., the public meeting, and the post-meeting IRC town hall) are intended to continue for future board meetings.

If you’re interested in attending the September board meetings, please see the centos-devel mailing list, where the invitation for September board meetings has been sent. If there’s something you would like to have discussed by the board, that thread is also the right venue for that.

CPE to staff EPEL work

We are pleased to announce that Red Hat is establishing a small team directly responsible for participating in EPEL activities. Their job isn’t to displace the EPEL community, but rather to support it full-time. We expect many beneficial effects, among those better EPEL readiness for a RHEL major release. The EPEL team will be part of the wider Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short.

As a reminder, CPE is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS.

Right now we are staffing up the team and expect to see us begin this work from October 2021. Keep an eye on the EPEL mailing list and the associated tracker as we begin this exciting journey with the EPEL community.

CentOS Stream 9

Also on worth reading centos-devel this month is a thread in which Brian sketched out an estimated timeline for CentOS Stream 9 progress.

In the Press

A few weeks ago Steven Dickens wrote this article about the project’s ongoing efforts to improve transparency, and include the community more in decision making.

Events

We have a number of events coming up in the next couple of months, including our first in-person events since early 2020.

CentOS Dojo, October 7, 8

The Call for Presentations for the online CentOS Dojo in October has just closed, and we expect to post the schedule later today. This event will include SIG reports, a Board of Directors AMA (Ask Me Anything) and other technical content. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at that event.

During the second day of the event, we will be hosting a Bug Smash event, where you can learn how to contribute changes to CentOS Stream. This will include tooling setup, and discusison of what kinds of changes are likely to be accepted.

Open Source Summit, Seattle, September 27-30

Our first return to an in-person event will be Open Source Summit in Seattle, which will be held September 27-30th. CentOS will be in the Red Hat booth at that event, and we hope to see you there!

All Things Open, Raleigh, October 17-19

We also expect to be present at All Things Open, which will be held October 17-19 in Raleigh, North Carolina

SIG Reports

Special Interest Groups are where you can get involved providing additional packages, or other extra value, on top of the base CentOS platform. The following SIGs are reporting this month:

Artwork SIG

Purpose

The CentOS Artwork SIG exists to produce the CentOS Project visual
identity.

See https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/Artwork

Membership Update

We are always looking for new members.

Releases

The Artwork SIG is wrapping up the ticket about CentOS Project Logo
redesign. Final slides have been designed and will be presented to
CentOS Board next month.

The Artwork SIG releases one brand new artistic motif with each major
release of CentOS distribution. For CentOS Stream 9 distribution, the
next major release of CentOS Project, we have designed the following
artistic motif:

https://wiki.centos.org/ArtWork/Motifs/CentOS9/Sketch3

The Artwork SIG, in coordination with CentOS-Infra, is redesigning the
CentOS Websites and have put online the following resources so you can
test it:

The artistic motif, the websites design, and everything the Artwork SIG
does is open for contributions. If you want to participate, please send
an email to centos-devel@centos.org showing your interests.

Health and Activity

The Artwork SIG is not as healthy as other SIGs could be. The lack of
SIG members in it during an extended period of time is a red light
difficult to avoid. To workaround this, artwork propositions are
eventually shared in social media looking for public opinion and so get
more context for the results we produce. We need more folks to push
harder on Artwork SIG purpose.

The Artwork SIG is in doubt about the boundaries related to CentOS
branding and would like to have a clear answer to the following
questions:

  • What design process does Red Hat expect the CentOS community to
    follow regarding CentOS brand constant reviewing? How much freedom does
    CentOS community has to agree or disagree with changes coming from the
    brand owner as well as the other way around.

  • The CentOS brand is owned by Red Hat, but the process by which the
    image is produced/enhanced, could it be considered an open source
    project on its own, with open and clean directives to follow. So, to
    make visible what we can and cannot do when we talk about enhancing the
    CentOS brand?

Issues for the Board

The following issue will be brought to the Board of Directors in the September board meeting: https://git.centos.org/centos/Artwork/issue/1

OpsTools SIG

Jun 01, 2021 - Aug 31, 2021

Purpose

Provide tools and documentation, recommendation and best practices for operators of large infrastructure.

Membership update

Sadly, we did not attract new volunteers to contribute to the SIGs purposes, but at the same time, we didn’t loose any.

Activity

After initial euphoria setting up the SIG and getting to work, we can now observe a kind of settlement. Collectd was upgraded to 5.12 (in testing).
The next goal is to build both on CentOS Stream and also to look at what’s coming for CentOS 9.

Issues for the board

Nothing to report.

Virtualization SIG

Advanced Virtualization

  • CentOS Virt SIG has been updated with latest 8.4.0 advanced virtualization packages (qemu 5.2.0, libvirt 7.0)
  • CentOS Stream 8 SIG follows 8.5.0 pre-release packages, with most recent builds done last week (qemu6.0, libvirt 7.5)

oVirt

We are pleased to announce that Red Hat is establishing a small team directly responsible for participating in EPEL activities. Their job isn't to displace the EPEL community, but rather to support it full-time. We expect many beneficial effects, among those better EPEL readiness for a RHEL major release. The EPEL team will be part of the wider Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short.

As a reminder, CPE is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS.

Right now we are staffing up the team and expect to see us begin this work from October 2021. Keep an eye on the EPEL mailing list and the associated tracker as we begin this exciting journey with the EPEL community.

(Video of the meeting is available on YouTube.)

Attendees

Board members

  • Pat Riehecky
  • Brian Exelbierd
  • Davide Cavalca
  • Johnny Hughes
  • Jim Perrin
  • Mike McLean
  • Rich Bowen (Chair)
  • Thomas Oulevey (Secretary)

Directors Absent

  • Josh Boyer
  • Tru Huyhn
  • Karanbir Singh

Guests

  • Neal Gompa
  • Kris Knigga
  • Jack Aboutboul
  • Lance Albertson
  • Jonathan Billings
  • Brian Stinson
  • Carl George
  • Glenn Cooper
  • Peter Georg
  • Jefro Osier-Mixon

**Quorum at 22:05**

Agenda

Previous minutes

On-going discussion

  • Quick review of pending issues with Red Hat around the announcement of C8 EoL
    • Blog post published: https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/expanding-red-hat-enterprise-linux-choices-research-and-academia
      Discussion can be now closed.

Issues

https://git.centos.org/centos/board/issues

Issues to be closed (ACTION close all of them if no objection)

  • none

New issues

  • #06 Red Hat majority seat contradiction in governance
    * Required Red Hat employees to have 50 % of the seats
    * Motion to remove this requirement
    * Approved unanimously
    * ACTION: update the website with this change
  • #45 CentOS variant artifacts (ISOs, disk images, etc.) branding
    * Draft messaging at https://hackmd.io/pPixYTZ8QmyJcjoJq_V9dA
    * Thomas: important to handle the lifecycle, changes committed to the document
    * Neal: discussed how Fedora is handling Spin
    * ACTION: Draft message and post it to centos-devel for community comment.
  • #44 Remove former Directors from various accounts and permissions
    * Davide : Document different accesses
    * Johnny : Check with infrastructure team if needed to remove specific accesses.
    * Davide : Add a note on the onboarding document
    * https://git.centos.org/centos/board/blob/master/f/directors/onboarding
  • #27 Providing Official AMIs in Amazon CN regions.
    * Sponsored by David Duncan
    * ACTION: sync with David and infrastructure team.
  • #22 Draft all recent governance changes or ideas for Board discussion
    * Draft has been posted at https://centos.org/about/governance/board/
    * Announced: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2021-July/077172.html
    * No comment from the community
    * Amy Marrich has volunteered to help with ongoing edits
    * Related: #06
  • #03 Getting official CentOS images into Azure
    * Take down cloud images that violate our trademark (requested to Legal team).
    * It will be tracked in a specific issue to avoid to add to this ticket.
    * Issues #56, #61, #62 track individual images
    * Add official images
    * Jack proposed to help with this task (investigate Azure tools such as https://github.com/microsoft/lisa)
    )
    * ACTION: Move forward with the requirement / track progress
  • #01 Shift Board to be more transparent in support of becoming a contributor-focused open source project
    * Some progress has been made! (This meeting!)
    * Are there other processes that we can make more transparent? Community can raise specific items on this issue.

Issues on hold

  • #04 Definitive answer requested regarding logo design
    * Johnny: talk to the designer and is ready to resume discussion around the logo.
    * Johnny: Not a critical issue if the logo is kept relevant and reminds the existing one.
    * Neal: Current branding is problematic to decline the logo for different use-cases. He Hopes to have more assets and a more polished brand.
    * Pat: Better and free fonts would make sense for an opensource project.
    * A Proposal should be available prior to the next board meeting
    * ACTION: Resume work on the branding

Community Architect updates

  • Dojo CFP still open (4 submissions so far) - https://wiki.centos.org/Events/Dojo/October2021
  • Newsletter: https://blog.centos.org/2021/08/centos-community-newsletter-august-2021/
  • Presence expected at Open Source Summit (Sept 27-29, Seattle) and All Things Open (October 18-20)

AOB

  • Mike : Work on CentOS branded protection masks for All Things Open and Open Source Summit
    • ACTION: No objection, Rich will follow-up

**Adjourned at 22:43**

Dear CentOS enthusiast, thanks for joining us for another month's community newsletter.

Top news

There’s a lot going on on the CentOS community lately. Here are some of the highlights.

CentOS Linux 8 EOL

You are likely already aware that CentOS Linux 8 will reach end of life (EOL) on December 31, 2021. However, we still encounter people that are hearing this for the first time, so expect to see this announcement at the top of the rest of the newsletters this year.

We have also written a short document which covers some of the details as to what, exactly, happens when the EOL date is reached, and we encourage you to read that, and check back again over the coming months for further detail.

Automotive SIG

In the July Board of Directors meeting, the new Automotive SIG (Special Interest Group) was approved, and has begun their work.

You can read more about the mission of this SIG in the wiki, and find out how you can get involved, if this is an area that interests you.

Meet the new directors

In June two new directors were selected, and they became an official part of the Board in the July meeting.

A few weeks ago, they each took some time to chat with me, and talk about what they hope to accomplish on the Board in the coming year(s):

Public board meetings

In our ongoing effort to make CentOS governance more open and transparent, Board of Director meetings will be public, startin with the August meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please watch the centos-devel mailing list for the meeting invite, and instructions for getting on the call.

Video news summaries

In June, I tried out doing a video edition of the newsletter, and got some positive feedback, so I’m going to try to make this a regular thing.

Subscribe to our channel on YouTube to catch the August update some time in the next few days!

Events

October 2021 Online Dojo

We will be holding our third online Dojo of 2021 October 7th and 8th (assuming we get enough submissions).

Details are in the wiki.

The call for presentations (CFP) is now open.

We are looking for presentations about CentOS Linux, CentOS Stream, CentOS SIG work, any work in the CentOS community, or any project you’re running on top of CentOS distributions.

Presentations will be delivered live, using the Hopin online conference platform. Presentations will be 40 minutes, including any Q&A time you want to have.

The CFP will close at 00:01 on September 6th.

Back on the road

In-person conferences are slowly starting to reappear on the calendar, and here’s a few where we expect to have a presence:

None of these are guaranteed, yet, but we’ll be updating you in the coming months as our plans become more solid. (We hope!)

SIG reports

SIGs are communities building additional things on top of the various CentOS variants. These SIGs report quarterly on their progress. This month we have the following reports.

Cloud SIG

The Cloud SIG has provided their quarterly report on the CentOS Blog.

Storage SIG

Package updates:

  • glusterfs updates to glusterfs-8.5 and glusterfs-9.3.
  • ceph updates to ceph-14.2.22, ceph-15.2.13, and ceph-16.2.5
    • ceph-15.2.14 likely by the time you read this.
  • nfs-ganesha and libntirpc to libntirpc-3.5 and nfs-ganesha-3.5.

CentOS Stream 8:

  • glusterfs, ceph, and nfs-ganesha+libntirpc are all now built for CentOS Stream 8 in addition to CentOS 8.
  • I see that cephadm has been built for 8 Stream too.

CentOS Stream 9:

  • Waiting for build targets and the rest of the pieces necessary to start building glusterfs, ceph, and nfs-ganesha for CentOS Stream 9. See issue 313. The packages are all buildable (i.e. I have actually built them) on my CentOS Stream 9 box.

Misc:

  • cephadm subpackage was unbundled from ceph to support ceph’s upstream CI facility. Francesco Pantano (fmount) builds the cephadm package.
    • The OpenStack upstream CI is going to promote Ceph pacific v16.2.5 with the related cephadm version, resulting in being feature parity with ceph-ansible, which is no longer distributed for the Pacific branch
  • Some of us have learned, somewhat belatedly, that it is now possible to do builds from the lookaside. glusterfs, ceph, libntirpc, and nfs-ganesha packages have all been respun using the lookaside.

Messaging SIG

Purpose

Provide a unique source for messaging related packages. These packages are consumed e.g by the Cloud SIG or the OpsTools SIG.

Membership Update

No change during the past quarter.

Activity

The next goal for the Messagging SIG is to enable and build packages based on CentOS Stream 8 (and 9, once that becomes a thing).

Issues for the Board

There are no issues to bring to the board’s attention.

Press mentions

The press has been talking about us a lot in the past month! Here’s just a sampling of the articles that we’ve seen about the CentOS Project recently.

Get Swag

If you’re looking for CentOS swag, we recommend our friends at HelloTux who have a variety of CentOS logo wear.

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Purpose

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

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

Releases and Packages

Preparation for CentOS Stream 9

The Cloud SIG's goal is to release the next OpenStack coordinated release Xena, planned for Oct 2021, on CentOS Stream 9. To achieve this goal, some preparations tasks are being carried out in the RDO Project:

  • Both the dependencies and OpenStack packages have been built for CentOS Stream 9 using the published composes.
  • Those packages are being validated to find potential issues early, report them, and propose fixes when possible.
  • Coordination with upstream projects that require relevant changes to support the new CentOS Stream.

While the results looks promising, there are a number of challenges that may put our plans at risk.

  • Uncertainty about CS9 GA plans and availability on the Community Build System. Any help on that from the CentOS team would be a great help.
  • Coordination with other SIGs. CloudSIG depends on the builds from other SIGs, as Storage, Infra, Messaging, OpTools and NFV.

Continuos Integration

Cloud SIG is migrating all their jobs from a shared jenkins instance (ci.centos.org) to a new private instance running in the CentOS CI OpenShift environment.

Meetings and communication

The periodic meeting has been rescheduled from biweekly to monthly on the first Thursday at 1500 UTC in #centos-meeting.
After the recent changes in freenode irc network, and given the special relationship of RDO with both CentOS as part of the Cloud SIG and OpenStack project, it has been decided that #rdo channel will be available both in Libera Chat (as defined by CentOS) and OFTC (OpenStack choice) networks, although most activity is taking place in OFTC.

We will be holding another online CentOS Dojo on October 7th and 8th.

The call for presentations is now open.

More details about the event are in the wiki, which will be updated with additional information as we have it.

Convened 22:05

In attendance:

Board

  • Pat Riehecky
  • Thomas Oulevey (Secretary)
  • Mike McLean
  • Josh Boyer
  • Davide Cavalca
  • Jim Perrin
  • Tru Huynh
  • Rich Bowen (Chair)

Guests

  • Matthias Runge
  • Jeffrey Osier-Mixon
  • Ian McLeod
  • Brian Stinson
  • Alfredo Moralejo Alonso

Directors Absent:

  • Johnny Hughes
  • Karanbir Singh
  • Brian Exelbierd (Sent regrets and notes on agenda items)

Minutes

Previous Minutes

June minutes are published on the blog.

Automotive SIG Creation

The Board is asked to consider a proposal for the creation of an Automotive Special Interest Group. The proposal is in the wiki.

  • Motion to approve SIG.
  • Director questions/comments
    • Davide : Documentation on how to contribute is important
    • Josh : How will the infrastructure be used ?
      • Ian : CI can be used, Open Hardware to test
    • Several directors asked about relationship to AGL
      • Jeffrey : Discussion regarding AGL in process, yocto LF in use, community architect at Red Hat
  • Motion approved

Discussion: CL8 EOL messaging

Messaging around CentOS 8 End Of Life, as discussed on the centos-devel list

Bex (absent) provided this update via email :

  1. No one should be automatically migrated between distributions. Even in the case of CentOS Stream being a "successor" distribution to CentOS Linux. This should be a deliberate action on the part of the user. Alerting users to the status of their current software and providing options is, generally, a good thing.
  2. The end of builds for CentOS Linux 8 is still 31 December 2021. If there is a slip in the build of CentOS Linux 8.5 code then that activity may continue after 31 December, within reason. There will be no updates published beyond 31 December 2021, other than, if required, the CentOS Linux 8.5 release as noted above. It is important that the expectations do not get changed. The slip allowance is here so that engineers are not asked to do super-human work to meet the 31 December deadline.
  3. The final builds of CentOS Linux 8 should be stored and managed per the Project's decisions. In general, so long as that code is not modified after its final update as stated in #2 above, it can be actively mirrored, vaulted, or otherwise handled as the project deems appropriate. Again, reasonability applies.

Josh indicates that we will ship the zero-day updates to 8.5, and he will take this discussion back to Red Hat to ensure that this happens.

Proposed: January 31, 2022 to retire/archive content (Approved by consensus).

In the event of a serious bug in this time window, we should immediately retire/archive the content. Tie this to a specific CVSS v3 score (9+)? (Approved by consensus)

Davide : Motd update ? dnf plugin ? print a message if the mirror is missing ? This was discussed and there are concerns about whether this would interfer with automated workflows that parse dnf output. Historical precedent was offered for my auto-updating motd may be poorly received.

Thomas : advertise C8 -> CS8 procedure

Jim : point people to the FAQ

Action: Rich will draft EOL messaging, run by board, and then socialize on centos-devel before promoting further.

Academic RHEL offering?

Bex update:

Red Hat is continuing to work on updates to our published Academic program, however the program, as described, has been very interesting to parties that have contacted us and we haven't seen a reason to make wholesale changes in response to the CentOS Linux 8 decision. If the Board has additional information to share, please do so. We expect blog posts from Red Hat to highlight this program this month, these should feature a change to help smaller institutions have an easier time consuming the program. Those details are being finalized, but the core of the program remains intact.

Expect more info from RH in the coming weeks

Open ticket review

[19] GDPR process needs

[Rich] AIUI, CPE/Infrastructure have a GDPR process, and are willing/able to handle all of our GDPR needs. That said, we haven’t had any legitimate GDPR requests in more than a year. Closed ticket.

[11] Trademark guidelines review/audit - Feedback from Bex/Karsten needed before discussing it.

[Rich] I took the liberty to close this ticket, since we do not appear to be addressing a specific issue/concern, but, rather, just wanted some kind of review of the existing policy. I would be glad to re-open if someone has an actual expressed concern that we need to address.

[45] CentOS variant artifacts (ISOs, disk images, etc.) branding

I feel like we made a decision on this in our last meeting, but somehow it was not captured in the ticket. (Note: Confirmed: We minuted in June that we had decided, but not what the decision was) Would appreciate someone updating the ticket with that decision, if possible, or we can re-discuss.

Naming for variant artifacts / experimental live image from Hyperscale SIG

Davide : no confusion / spins

Define what is a Spin and list them ? guidelines

Action: Thomas and Davide to come back with a proposal.

[01] Shift Board to be more transparent

Aspirational, ongoing issue

Next step in this process is to open our board meetings to a wider audience. We discussed doing this after July. Are we still in agreement to do that? If so, what is “wider audience”?

IDEA : Send to centos-devel the invitation, rather than posting a URL publicly, possibly resulting in meeting disruptions.

Several directors offered corporate Zoom accounts and will look into that. Rich to follow up in a week or two.

Thomas : We need to set certain expectations of our attendees - Following agenda, no overtime, moderation

Pat: remind folks to open tickets to get topics on our list, rathern than expecting that they can merely speak up.

Rich and Davide : hackmd for agenda.

Matthias : Explain how to engage with the community

Public video recording, though not streamed, to offer the possibility to edit before it goes public.

Action - Rich to draft messaging about this to send to list.

[03] Getting official CentOS images into Azure + AWS Cloud images status

No action

[13] Get an official CentOS image in to WSL

No action

[22] Draft all recent governance changes or ideas for Board discussion

[Rich] I will move forward with socializing the new governance documentation in the coming weeks, minus items that are still being debated internally at Red Hat, so that we can finally make progress on this.

[27] Providing Official AMIs in Amazon CN regions

No action

Community Manager report

Will be starting director interviews tomorrow, starting with new directors, for the CentOS blog/YouTube.

It’s time to start planning a September dojo - expect to see proposed dates and a CFP in the coming 2 weeks.

Rich will be out of office, and completely offline, July 29th through August 9th

Other Business

SIG reports

Post-meeting IRC meeting:

Last month we discussed doing a post-meeting IRC office hours to answer questions. We did not take action on this.

Action: Rich will find the Doodle poll we did on this for preffered times, and announce this as part of the broader invitation to upcoming board meetings.

Adjourned 22:55

Quorum and started at :09

Attendees

  • Board
    • Johnny
    • Pat
    • Mike
    • Rich 
    • Jim
    • bex
    • Thomas (secretary)
    • Tru
    • KB
  • Guests
    • Davide Cavalca
    • Matthias Runge
    • Aoife
    • Brian
    • Rich
    • Amy Marrich

Started 22:09

  • Quick review of pending issues with Red Hat around the announcement
    • Status of additional RHEL programs for Academic ? (bex)
    • Bex: no formal announcement, redesign existing program, scientific consortia special template, overall of the academic program in progress.

Red Hat continues to work on ensuring that Academic and Research institutions have easy access to RHEL.  The existing academic program is being emphasized and as it is discussed with potential users examined to ensure it continues to meet the needs of this changing environment.  Of particular interest is how this program can be effectively used with consortia who may have members at different levels of OS adoption but where a common platform is required for shared activities.

  • Review “Kmods” SIG proposal
    • ACTION read the proposal at https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/Kmods
    • Need official stance from RH on module licences (need/want zfs, nvidia,..)
      • Rich: Is it blocking ? Bex: module per module analysis ?
      • Signing for kernel stuff to be checked with Infra SIG
    • Rich: Motion to approve SIG ? approved

kmods SIG was created with unanimous approval.

  • Board elections
    • Josh and Davide are the 2 new directors.
    • Welcome !
      • Adding to ML
    • Thank you to the community for your nominations. The board acknowledges the community health that is indicated by the community nominating people from the community, and we hope that this trend continues.

Discussed issue #45 regarding naming of SIG/spin artifacts

 

  • Community Architect corner

Adjourned :42

Dear CentOS Enthusiasts,

Here's what's happening in our community over the past month.

CentOS Stream 9 is open for contribution: Container images and a note about new composes

We've been working on producing more artifacts for CentOS Stream 9, those can be found at the composes location: https://composes.stream.centos.org

You'll notice a few directories under there, we recommend folks who have been consuming CentOS Stream 9 to use the composes under the 'production/' directory. Composes in the production directory are what we'll eventually use to publish to the mirrors

Here's a short description of each compose type:

- Test composes: run ad-hoc against content that may not have made it through testing/RHEL gating yet

- Development composes: run regularly (goal of 1 per day) against gated content

- Production composes: run regularly (goal of 1 per day) against gated content and are candidates for promoting to the mirrors

Container images are regularly produced from the Development composes, you can find those at quay.io/centos/centos:stream9-development

We are also refining our quickstart contribution guide: https://docs.centos.org/en-US/stream-contrib/quickstart/

The CentOS Stream 9 repos have been open for a few months now, but this captures the process if you'd like to participate and make change. File a
bugzilla, and happy patching!

What you can expect for the rest of the quarter:

- Cloud images are coming in the next month or so
- Signed packages are coming in the next month or so
- Publishing to the mirrors will happen later this quarter

If you have any questions, direct these to Brian Stinson, or the centos-devel mailing list.

New Board Members

We're very pleased to announce that the CentOS Board of Directors welcomed two new members in our June board meeting, and they will join us for the first time in the July meeting.

The new directors are Josh Boyer and Davide Cavalca, both of whom have been around the CentOS community for a long time.

Josh is a Distinguished Engineer at Red Hat, and works on the team that produces RHEL. Davide is a Production Engineer at Facebook, and has spoken many times at various CentOS Dojos around the world about his work with CentOS at Facebook.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming them, and we look forward to their participation in the governance of our project in the coming years.

Over the coming week or two, I hope to have some interviews with them, so you can get a deeper look into why they've agreed to be on the board, and what their vision is for the coming years.

CVEs in CentOS Stream

Over the past few months, we've seen some confusion in the community regarding how CVEs are handled in CentOS Stream. Red Hat engineer Carl George wrote a detailed post to the centos-devel mailing list last week, using libxml2 as an example, to talk about how they actually work.

You can read that post in the mailing list archive if you're not subscribed to the list.

The short story is that if a CVE is not part of a security embargo, it goes into CentOS Stream with regular updates, but if it is, it'll hit RHEL first. (That's not Red Hat or CentOS policy, but, rather, the policy of the CVE registry itself, so that's the behavior you'll see on any open source project.) But Carl goes into it in much more detail, so you'll want to read the full write-up.

IRC Move

We wanted to update you on the changes to our IRC presence. A few weeks ago, there were some changes to the management of the Freenode IRC network that resulted in a large number of the operator staff leaving and forming a new IRC network, Libera.chat. We decided, at that time, to follow them, in order to stick with the staff and policies that we have been familiar with for the past more than ten years.

Further developments since then, including the removal of many popular channels, including all of the CentOS channels, have demonstrated that we made the right call, and we appreciate John's ("Bahhumbug") leadership in this decision.

All of the former channels that were on freenode are now on Libera.chat, and with the help of the operator staff, we have restored the channel ops, permissions and roles.

A huge thank you goes out to Dave "bigpresh" Precious and all of the Libera.chat staff for their professionalism and assistance during this disruptive transition.

We encourage you to join us on #centos on the irc.Libera.chat network. Our other channels, along with instructions for joining and registering your IRC name, are on the CentOS website.

SIG Reports

This month, we hear from two of our SIGs - both of which are relatively new. The kmods SIG published their first quarterly report to the CentOS Blog, as did the Hyperscale SIG. The kmods SIG was approved during the June Board of Directors meeting.

We're particularly excited about the Hyperscale SIG's work on producing live DVD images. If you're interested in the wider availability of live DVD images for CentOS Linux and CentOS Stream, we encourage you to talk to the people on the Hyperscale SIG.