CentOS Community newsletter, September 2020 (#2009)

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

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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.


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


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

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.



- 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/


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.

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