CentOS Community newsletter, December 2019 (#1912)

Tuesday, 3, December 2019 Rich Bowen Community, Newsletter No Comments

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

For those of you who celebrate various things at this time of year, we wish you a wonderful time with family and friends.



On 2019-11-13 the CentOS Board of Directors held their first meeting following the release of CentOS Linux 8 and announcement of CentOS Stream. As part of that meeting, the Board committed to greater transparency with the CentOS community, and you can read the minutes from the meeting on the CentOS blog.

In CentOS Stream news, Red Hat engineering is working on the procedures and tools for CentOS Stream tickets and patches to flow into the next release of RHEL. We expect to have details after the dojo in Brussels, in late January, which we can then pass on to you.

Releases and updates

This month has seen a moderate number of updates/releases:

Errata and Enhancements Advisories

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

Errata and Security Advisories

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

Errata and Bugfix Advisories

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



A few weeks ago we were at SuperComputing in Denver. CentOS is a big part of the SuperComputing ecosystem, with many universities and research organizations using CentOS on their supercomputing infrastructure.

As usual, we spent a lot of time with the student teams in the Student Cluster Competition, where 12 out of the 16 teams were running CentOS. Look for interviews from this event on the CentOS blog in the coming weeks.

FOSDEM 2020, and Dojo

Early next year, we will, as usual, have a table at the annual FOSDEM conference in Brussels, Belgium. This will be held on the first weekend in February, which is the 1st and 2nd of February, 2020. We'll be sharing the space with our friends from Fedora. Please drop by and see us.

And, on the day before FOSDEM starts, we'll be having our annual Dojo at the Marriott Grand Place. That's Friday, January 31st, 2020. The agenda is on the event listing page, and we would love to have you there.

We'll be having a lightning talks section this year, so if you have something you'd like to present about, but don't have enough for a full presentation, bring your notes and your ideas! Tell us about your favorite projects, your interesting discoveries, or your perplexing problem.

Attendance is free, but we would appreciate it if you register, so that we know how many people to plan for.

See you in Brussels!

SIG Reports

The SIGs - special interest groups - are where most of the interesting stuff in CentOS happens. They are communities packaging and testing layered projects on top of CentOS, and ensuring that they work reliably.

SIGs report quarterly on what they've been working on.

CentOS Opstools SIG quarterly report


The SIG will provide tools for operators, system administrators, devops and developers doing infrastructure engineering on content based on CentOS Linux.

Membership update

We are welcoming interested parties or persons to contribute. Over the past quarter, we neither saw increase nor decrease.

Health and Activity

We are waiting patiently for cbs to become updated to be able to build packages based on CentOS 8. That becomes more and more a blocker for us. E.g Opstools packages have been replaced by other sources for OpenStack Kolla, since e.g collectd builds based on CentOS 8 are unavailable. Once artifacts produced by the Messaging SIG become available, we'll gladly consume them rather than rebuilding them from other sources like Fedora koji.

Issues for the board

none right now.


As with any open source project, there's a lot more than just code. If you want to get involved, but you're not a programmer or packager, there's still a ton of places where you can plug in.

If any of these things are of interest to you, please come talk to us on the centos-devel mailing list, the centos-promo mailing list, or any of the various social media channels.

We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you figure out where you can fit in.

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