Dear CentOS enthusiast, thanks for joining us for another month's community newsletter.
There’s a lot going on on the CentOS community lately. Here are some of the highlights.
CentOS Linux 8 EOL
You are likely already aware that CentOS Linux 8 will reach end of life (EOL) on December 31, 2021. However, we still encounter people that are hearing this for the first time, so expect to see this announcement at the top of the rest of the newsletters this year.
We have also written a short document which covers some of the details as to what, exactly, happens when the EOL date is reached, and we encourage you to read that, and check back again over the coming months for further detail.
In the July Board of Directors meeting, the new Automotive SIG (Special Interest Group) was approved, and has begun their work.
You can read more about the mission of this SIG in the wiki, and find out how you can get involved, if this is an area that interests you.
Meet the new directors
In June two new directors were selected, and they became an official part of the Board in the July meeting.
A few weeks ago, they each took some time to chat with me, and talk about what they hope to accomplish on the Board in the coming year(s):
Public board meetings
In our ongoing effort to make CentOS governance more open and transparent, Board of Director meetings will be public, startin with the August meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting, please watch the centos-devel mailing list for the meeting invite, and instructions for getting on the call.
Video news summaries
In June, I tried out doing a video edition of the newsletter, and got some positive feedback, so I’m going to try to make this a regular thing.
Subscribe to our channel on YouTube to catch the August update some time in the next few days!
October 2021 Online Dojo
We will be holding our third online Dojo of 2021 October 7th and 8th (assuming we get enough submissions).
Details are in the wiki.
The call for presentations (CFP) is now open.
We are looking for presentations about CentOS Linux, CentOS Stream, CentOS SIG work, any work in the CentOS community, or any project you’re running on top of CentOS distributions.
Presentations will be delivered live, using the Hopin online conference platform. Presentations will be 40 minutes, including any Q&A time you want to have.
The CFP will close at 00:01 on September 6th.
Back on the road
In-person conferences are slowly starting to reappear on the calendar, and here’s a few where we expect to have a presence:
- Open Source Summit North America, Seattle, Washington, USA. September 27-30
- All Things Open, Raleigh, NC, USA. October 17-19
- SC21, St. Louis, MO, USA. November 14-19
None of these are guaranteed, yet, but we’ll be updating you in the coming months as our plans become more solid. (We hope!)
SIGs are communities building additional things on top of the various CentOS variants. These SIGs report quarterly on their progress. This month we have the following reports.
The Cloud SIG has provided their quarterly report on the CentOS Blog.
- glusterfs updates to glusterfs-8.5 and glusterfs-9.3.
- ceph updates to ceph-14.2.22, ceph-15.2.13, and ceph-16.2.5
- ceph-15.2.14 likely by the time you read this.
- nfs-ganesha and libntirpc to libntirpc-3.5 and nfs-ganesha-3.5.
CentOS Stream 8:
- glusterfs, ceph, and nfs-ganesha+libntirpc are all now built for CentOS Stream 8 in addition to CentOS 8.
- I see that cephadm has been built for 8 Stream too.
CentOS Stream 9:
- Waiting for build targets and the rest of the pieces necessary to start building glusterfs, ceph, and nfs-ganesha for CentOS Stream 9. See issue 313. The packages are all buildable (i.e. I have actually built them) on my CentOS Stream 9 box.
- cephadm subpackage was unbundled from ceph to support ceph’s upstream CI facility. Francesco Pantano (fmount) builds the cephadm package.
- The OpenStack upstream CI is going to promote Ceph pacific v16.2.5 with the related cephadm version, resulting in being feature parity with ceph-ansible, which is no longer distributed for the Pacific branch
- Some of us have learned, somewhat belatedly, that it is now possible to do builds from the lookaside. glusterfs, ceph, libntirpc, and nfs-ganesha packages have all been respun using the lookaside.
Provide a unique source for messaging related packages. These packages are consumed e.g by the Cloud SIG or the OpsTools SIG.
No change during the past quarter.
The next goal for the Messagging SIG is to enable and build packages based on CentOS Stream 8 (and 9, once that becomes a thing).
Issues for the Board
There are no issues to bring to the board’s attention.
The press has been talking about us a lot in the past month! Here’s just a sampling of the articles that we’ve seen about the CentOS Project recently.
CentOS In Your Car? Automotive SIG Approved
Remote Workstations for the Discerning Artists (Netflix Tech Blog)
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