Dear CentOS Enthusiast,
With many of you celebrating one holiday or another this time of year, we want to extend to you the warmest wishes for your Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, and holiday season. We hope for each of you that 2021 brings new opportunities, and much happiness.
We have a few news items to share with you in this newsletter.
CentOS Linux 6 EOL
As has been announced everywhere for the past year (and more!) CentOS 6 has been moved to End Of Life (EOL) status as of November 30th, 2020. During the first week in December 2020, the 6.10 directory will move to vault.centos.org
Packages will still be available at: http://vault.centos.org/centos/6.10/. However, once moved, there will be no more updates pushed to vault.centos.org. Therefore, security issues will no longer be fixed.
Should you require continued support for this version, we encourage you to contact Red Hat about Extended el6 support for RHEL.
CentOS Linux 7.2009
We are pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7 (2009). Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 7 and is tagged as 2009, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.9 Source Code.
As always, read through the Release Notes at : http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS7 - these notes contain important information about the release and details about some of the content inside the release from the CentOS QA team. These notes are updated constantly to include issues and incorporate feedback from the users.
See the mailing list announcements for the x86_64 and altarch releases.
CentOS Linux 8 (Release to come)
Stay tuned! We expect to have a release of CentOS Linux 8, based on RHEL 8.3, any day now. (Indeed it may already be released when you are reading this.) Watch the centos-announce mailing list for the announcement!
FOSDEM Dojo: CFP now open
As has been our tradition for a decade now, we'll be hosting the CentOS Dojo on the day before FOSDEM 2021. FOSDEM has gone virtual this year, and our Dojo will also be online. The Call for Presentations (CFP) is now open. Details are on the Dojo wiki page.
The event will be held on Friday, February 5th, 2021. We will expand to include February 4th if we receive enough talk submissions.
We are looking for talks about:
- CentOS Linux
- CentOS Stream and the RHEL contribution workflow
- Anything that you are doing in the CentOS ecosystem (including, but not limited to: SIG activity, CentOS infra, governance, community, etc)
- Anything you're doing *on* CentOS - stuff you're running on CentOS, interesting research projects, useful CentOS tools/utilities/techniques.
- Larger ecosystem topics - Linux, Cloud, Open Source, etc.
I encourage you to look at previous event schedules for further inspiration:
CentOS is also usually well represented in the Distributions devroom.
CPE Q1 Priorities
In the coming days, you'll see a thread on the centos-devel mailing list regarding CPE's (Community Platform Engineering) priorities in Q1. We have a vote, as a community, to influence what they'll be working on. So we encourage you to watch for that thread, and express your opinions, so that we can ensure that CPE is using their time in a way that benefits us the most.
SIGs building against CentOS Stream
In case you missed it: Johnny mentioned a few days ago that SIGs can now build against CentOS Stream. If your SIG isn't yet, and wants to, please check out that thread, and get in touch with the list to get started!
SIGs - Special Interest Groups - are communities who build various things on top of CentOS. This month we have reports from two of our SIGs:
oVirt: Upstream released 4.4.3 which introduces cluster compatibility level 4.5 with additional features enablement but requires RHEL AV 8.3 in order to work. So we are waiting for CentOS 8.3 to be released so the Advanced Virtualization team will be able to rebuild it from RHEL-AV packages.
CentOS OpsTools SIG
Only two notable changes happened during this quarter: a rebuild of collectd-sensubility fixing major issues and the addition of collectd-libpodstats, which is a plugin to monitor pods and to report their usage via collectd.
No new members were attracted, but also no member voiced they are not interested anymore. We've had a request from outside to include a package, but the requester himself was not interested in any contribution.
Happy New Year!
Once again, we hope that you have a safe, happy, and prosperous new year in 2021, and that we see all of you again soon.