Dear CentOS Community,
This month's newsletter is running a little late, because I wanted to include the report from our annual FOSDEM CentOS Dojo, which was held last Thursday and Friday.
CentOS Dojo at FOSDEM
We had 216 registrations, with 164 (75.9%) of registrants actually showing up. The average attendee spent 475 minutes at the event.
Over the two days of the event, we had 8 presentations, all of which are now available on YouTube, if you missed any of them.
We started the day with a round-table discussion with the board of directors. This started slowly, but developed into a useful Q&A with the community, covering everything from CentOS Stream (of course) to the new SIGs, to deep-dives into specific technical issues. We then had presentations about various SIGs (Cloud, Hyperscale) and various use cases around the community.
Overall, we were pleased with the turnout and the interactions, especially in the "hallway" track. We are considering doing more of these events - at least quarterly during the remainder of the pandemic, and then hopefully continue them in the future, for those who remain unable or unwilling to travel to in-person events.
We would love to hear from you about what content you'd like to see at future events, or, better yet, if you want to present about what you're working on.
In just under 2 weeks, DevConf.cz will be happening (February 18th - 20th). This event is usually held right before, or right after, FOSDEM, in nearby Brno. This year, it's online, with content scheduled so as to be convenient for attendees in Europe time zones.
As every year, there's a lot of deep technical content covering a wide range of topics. We want to specifically draw attention to two presentations:
On Friday at 14:45 (CET), Davide Cavalca will be talking about the use of CentOS Stream at Facebook. And then at 17:30, Tomas Tomecek, Brian Stinson, and Carl George will be talking about Consuming CentOS Stream.
Details and (Free!) registration are available at https://devconf.cz/.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are one important place where the community can get involved in making CentOS more useful. This month we hear from several of our SIGs about what they've been doing for the past quarter.
Active SIGs hold regular meetings, where you can find out what's happening, and where you can get involved.
Although not scheduled to report this month, the Hyperscale SIG presented at last week's Dojo about what they have planned, and what they have done so far. You can watch the full presentation on YouTube, and read more about the SIG here.
* Alt Arch
Packaging and maintaining different FOSS based Private cloud infrastructure applications that one can install and run natively on CentOS.
We have reached out to all current and pending members of the SiG to confirm their continued interest as we revitalize the SiG. Once the membership lists are updated we will be holding nominations and elections for chair and co-chair.
We are always looking for new members, especially representation from other cloud technologies and we’ve reached out to Shaken Fist to see if they would like to join though they are currently Ubuntu only.
Releases and Packages
Nov 16 Victoria release: https://blogs.rdoproject.org/2020/11/rdo-victoria-released. Interesting features in the Victoria release include:
Source tarballs are being validated using the upstream GPG signature, to ensure the integrity of the packaged source code..
Openvswitch/OVN are not shipped as part of RDO. Instead RDO relies on builds from the CentOS NFV SIG.
The full release notes are at https://releases.openstack.org/victoria/highlights.html
Health and Activity
The Cloud SIG has been very active in regards to creating and publishing builds though it has not held a meeting over the past months. Efforts are being made to revitalize the SiG by re-establishing meetings and grow both the membership and projects involved. At this time, the SiG is only OpenStack.
The OpenStack group is focusing on the Wallaby release, which will be available for CentOS Stream 8 once it is finished. For additional details about the CloudSiG’s plans for CentOS Stream adoption in Wallaby, and previous releases, see the following blog post: https://blogs.rdoproject.org/2021/01/rdo-plans-to-move-to-centos-stream/
Alan Pevec held a RDO and CentOS Stream AMA which is now available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlhAhClVaEI&feature=youtu.be
Alfredo Moralejo and Javier Peña presented 'How OpenStack became boring (and successful)' at the CentOS Dojo on February 5th. https://youtu.be/H0JDgsafFD0
Issues for the Board
We have no issues to bring to the board’s attention at this time.
Repository Status and Updates
- Ceph Nautilus updates: 14.2.16 (c7 and c8)
- Ceph Octopus updates: 15.2.8 (c8 only) too
- luarocks packages were added for upcoming Ceph Pacific
- GlusterFS updates: 9.0, 8.3, and 7.9 for c7 and c8. (Note: glusterfs-7 is now EOL)
- NFS-Ganesha updates: 3.5 and 2.8.4 for c7 and c8; including associated libntirpc.
- Samba updates: 4.11.17(c7 and c8) & 4.12.11 & 4.13.4(c8 only). v4.11.x is now EOL
Group Status and Actions from meeting
- SIG needs to update the wiki and the calendar page moving to #centos-meeting2
- SIG will work on automating cephadm builds
- To be consumed in OpenStack CI for both pending and released content
- OpenStack CI started consuming cephadm from Wallaby cycle
Links and other general informations
Meetings agenda https://hackmd.io/Epc35JIESaeotoGzwu5R5w
During the past quarter, there has not been much change in or with the messaging SIG, and there is nothing to report. Its artifacts are consumed by both Cloud SIG and Opstools SIG.
Release and Updates
Errata and Enhancements Advisories
We issued the following CEEA (CentOS Errata and Enhancements Advisories) during January:
Errata and Security Advisories
We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during January:
- Fri Jan 15 2021: CESA-2021:0053 Critical CentOS 7 firefox Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048243.html
- Fri Jan 15 2021: CESA-2021:0087 Critical CentOS 7 thunderbird Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048244.html
- Mon Jan 25 2021: CESA-2020:5350 Important CentOS 7 net-snmp Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048249.html
- Mon Jan 25 2021: CESA-2021:0162 Important CentOS 7 xstream Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048250.html
- Mon Jan 25 2021: CESA-2021:0153 Moderate CentOS 7 dnsmasq Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048251.html
- Wed Jan 27 2021: CESA-2021:0221 Important CentOS 7 sudo Security - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048252.html
Errata and Bugfix Advisories
We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during January:
- Fri Jan 15 2021: CEBA-2020:5041 CentOS 7 389-ds-base BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048245.html
- Mon Jan 25 2021: CEBA-2021:0013 CentOS 7 tzdata BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048246.html
- Mon Jan 25 2021: CEBA-2021:0209 CentOS 7 java-1.8.0-openjdk BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048247.html
- Mon Jan 25 2021: CEBA-2021:0202 CentOS 7 java-11-openjdk BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048248.html
- Wed Jan 27 2021: CEBA-2021:0276 CentOS 7 tzdata BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048253.html
- Wed Jan 27 2021: CEBA-2021:0077 CentOS 7 389-ds-base BugFix - https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-announce/2021-January/048254.html