Dear CentOS enthusiast,
We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy, and, as always, thank you for being part of this great community.
In this edition:
- Releases and updates
- SIG reports
After a great deal of work with Red Hat Legal, we are pleased to announce our new project licencing policy. This is an important step as we continue to move towards accepting more contributions in CentOS Stream - https://blog.centos.org/2020/04/new-centos-project-licensing-policy/
We're also delighted to welcome Pat and Thomas as new members of the CentOS Board of Directors - https://blog.centos.org/2020/04/welcome-to-our-new-board-members/
If you are involved in contributing to CentOS in any way, we ask that you take a moment to read the description of the work on SIG Authentication retooling - https://blog.centos.org/2020/05/sig-authentication-retooling/
CentOS Stream Updates:
CentOS Stream is working to get further ahead than in the past. Previously there were times when the content set of CentOS Stream reset to being ahead only with the Kernel and systemd. We recently pushed a batch of almost 100 source packages intended for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 nightly development snapshots. Over the next period of time we expect to focus on pushing more batches into Stream until we're fully caught up with those nightly snapshots.
To give feedback on this content, you can open Red Hat Bugzillas directly against the CentOS Stream component.
Our friends at CPE - Community Platform Engineering - have been posting weekly updates on their progress on the Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and engineering.
April 4th: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2020-April/036725.html
April 14th: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2020-April/036734.html
April 18th: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2020-April/036755.html
April 26th: https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2020-April/036799.html
Releases and updates
- Mon Apr 27 2020: Release for CentOS Linux 7 (2003) on the x86_64 Architecture - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035696.html
- Mon Apr 27 2020: Release for CentOS Linux 7 (2003) on armhfp aarch64 i386 ppc64 ppc64le and power9 - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035697.html
Errata and Security Advisories
We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during April:
- Wed Apr 8 2020: CESA-2020:1349 Important CentOS 6 krb5-appl Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035692.html
- Wed Apr 8 2020: CESA-2020:1331 Important CentOS 6 ipmitool Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035693.html
- Wed Apr 8 2020: CESA-2020:1335 Important CentOS 6 telnet Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035694.html
- Wed Apr 8 2020: CESA-2020:1339 Critical CentOS 6 firefox Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035695.html
- Tue Apr 28 2020: CESA-2020:1488 Important CentOS 6 thunderbird Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035698.html
- Tue Apr 28 2020: CESA-2020:1429 Important CentOS 6 firefox Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035699.html
- Tue Apr 28 2020: CESA-2020:1403 Important CentOS 6 qemu-kvm Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035700.html
- Tue Apr 28 2020: CESA-2020:1508 Important CentOS 6 java-1.7.0-openjdk Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035701.html
- Tue Apr 28 2020: CESA-2020:1506 Important CentOS 6 java-1.8.0-openjdk Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035702.html
- Tue Apr 28 2020: CESA-2020:1524 Important CentOS 6 kernel Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035703.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1509 Important CentOS 7 java-11-openjdk Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035705.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1512 Important CentOS 7 java-1.8.0-openjdk Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035706.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1507 Important CentOS 7 java-1.7.0-openjdk Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035707.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1511 Important CentOS 7 git Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035708.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1561 Important CentOS 7 python-twisted-web Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035709.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1489 Important CentOS 7 thunderbird Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035710.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CESA-2020:1962 Important CentOS 6 python-twisted-web Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035711.html
Errata and Bugfix Advisories
We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during April:
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CEBA-2020:1982 CentOS 7 tzdata BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035704.html
- Thu Apr 30 2020: CEBA-2020:1982 CentOS 6 tzdata BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2020-April/035712.html
Last week we “attended” Red Hat Summit, where we had a number of video presentations, and a well-attended “Ask The Expert” session with Brian Stinson about CentOS Stream. All of this content is available online. Go to https://redhat.com/summit (register for free and log in), then click “Explore” and you’ll see the Fedora/CentOS room there, with video and printed content about our projects.
We’ve also posted the videos to YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/theCentosProject - subscribe today to be notified when we post new content there.
Coming up, we have an AMA - Ask Me Anything - in the works for our Reddit community, https://www.reddit.com/r/CentOS/ We don’t have a date confirmed yet, but we’ll be announcing it there, as well as to the other usual places - Twitter, Facebook, the Blog and the Forums - so subscribe to one or more of those places to find out when that’s coming.
We will soon be announcing our participation in DevConf.US, the annual developer conference. We intend to have a virtual CentOS Dojo as part of that event, and will be announcing our call for presentations soon.
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.
Cloud SIG Report
Packaging and maintaining different FOSS based Private cloud infrastructure applications that one can install and run natively on CentOS.
We are always looking for new members, especially representation from other cloud technologies.
No SIG members have been added in this quarter. However, the SIG membership list was updated on the SIG wiki page to reflect reality.
Releases and Packages
Aug 27 - Aug 31 Train Release https://blogs.rdoproject.org/2019/10/rdo-train-released/
Interesting things in the Train release include:
Openstack Ansible, which provides ansible playbooks and roles for deployment, added murano support and fully migrated to systemd-journald from rsyslog. This project makes deploying OpenStack from source in a way that makes it scalable while also being simple to operate, upgrade, and grow.
Ironic, the Bare Metal service, aims to produce an OpenStack service and associated libraries capable of managing and provisioning physical machines in a security-aware and fault-tolerant manner. Beyond providing basic support for building software RAID and a myriad of other highlights, this project now offers a new tool for building ramdisk images, ironic-python-agent-builder.
Other improvements include:
Tobiko is now available within RDO! This project is an OpenStack testing framework focusing on areas mostly complementary to Tempest. While the tempest main focus has been testing OpenStack rest APIs, the main Tobiko focus would be to test OpenStack system operations while “simulating” the use of the cloud as the final user would. Tobiko’s test cases populate the cloud with workloads such as instances, allows the CI workflow to perform an operation such as an update or upgrade, and then runs test cases to validate that the cloud workloads are still functional.
Other highlights of the broader upstream OpenStack project may be read via https://releases.openstack.org/train/highlights.html.
Jun 01 - Jun 05 Victoria Release Virtual Project Team Gathering https://www.openstack.org/ptg/
Health and Activity
The Cloud SIG remains fairly healthy. However, it is still, for the most part, a monoculture containing only OpenStack.
Issues for the Board
We have no issues to bring to the board’s attention at this time.