Today we have heard from KB that he is stepping down from the CentOS Board of Directors.
On behalf of the Board, I want to thank KB for his years of leadership. His work on the project, and in the community, has made the world a better place in tangible ways that affect millions of sysadmins on a daily basis, and that's hard to measure or quantify.
On a personal note, I've appreciated his advice, insight, and mentorship as I took the reins of the Community Manager position. His stories and introductions paved the way for success in a role that has been very rewarding and a lot of fun.
I know that many of you have stories about how KB has influenced your life - professional and personal - and we'd love to hear them. We encourage you to send them to the centos-devel mailing list in the coming days, or post them in the comments here. I'm sure that you, like myself and the Board, wish him well as he moves on to other challenges in the coming years.
On a governance side, you should be thinking of who you might wish to nominate to fill his seat on the board, and look for details in the coming days, on the centos-devel mailing list, of how that process will work.
The CentOS Automotive SIG launched in August following approval from the CentOS Board in July. This SIG, instigated by Red Hat and open to all, is meant to be a neutral public space for collaboration between third parties interested in open development of software targeted at in-vehicle automotive use cases, and to provide automotive projects and the resulting CentOS variant with build and test infrastructure. The goal of the SIG is to provide an open-source home for RHEL-oriented automotive work, and to attract and encourage open development of automotive software between commercial and non-commercial partners.
To that end, this SIG will have three primary functions:
Over the next few months, the primary goals are to build awareness and participation through outreach and public meetings, to create an initial Contribution Guide, and to generate a working manifest as well as initial builds for the CentOS variant. Work is being done to set up the build & test infrastructure using GitLab. More information on this infrastructure and how to access it will be provided as it matures.
The SIG held its first meeting with 34 attendees from a variety of organizations, including some automotive OEMs and tier-1 suppliers. Meetings are held every 4 weeks online, alternating every 2 weeks with an informal "office hours" discussion call. The meeting times are currently somewhat fluid and meetings move around a bit, as we want to accommodate everyone who can possibly make it. Anyone is welcome to attend, participate, and ask questions, and we encourage everyone to join the mailing list and to visit the #centos-automotive IRC channel on libera.chat.
We hope to see you at the next meeting!
Here's an overview of the news for October.
The SCLo SIG aims to provide Software Collections packages from Red Hat and community for the CentOS ecosystem.
For details about what Software Collections are, visit <https://www.softwarecollections.org>.
No changes in membership since last report. We are always looking for new members.
The SIG tries to follow the upstream releases as closely as possible;
any new releases are usually available within 2 weeks of the upstream release.
With the Software Collections being phased out in favor of modules in CentOS 8
and beyond, it is expected that this SIG will also be gradually becoming
less and less relevant, so expect the activity to gradually vanish.
The SIG activity is currently driven by a single person (jstanek).
That means that even if the released packages are being rebuilt within
a reasonable timeframe, other activities are falling by the wayside.
For example, the <https://www.softwarecollections.org> website has outdated information
about specific collections, and several already released ones are not documented there at all.
Any volunteers from the community are very welcome here.
This report covers work that happened since last report. The previous report can be found here.
Packaging and maintaining kernel modules for CentOS Stream.
No SIG members have been added since last report.
We welcome anybody that’s interested and willing to do work within the scope of the SIG to join and contribute.
No packages have been released yet due to missing mechanism to sign kernel modules. Some non-signed packages are already available in testing:
To enable the main testing repository run the following commands:
dnf install centos-kmods-release
dnf config-manager --set-disabled centos-kmods
dnf config-manager --set-enabled centos-kmods-testing
To enable the testing repository for kernel module rebuilds you need to run in addition:
dnf install centos-kmods-release-rebuild
dnf config-manager --set-disabled centos-kmods-rebuild
dnf config-manager --set-enabled centos-kmods-rebuild-testing
The Kmods SIG maintains a healthy development pace.
Regular meetings are scheduled every two weeks (on even weeks) on Monday 1500 UTC in #centos-meeting. Everyone is welcome to join!
You can also get in touch with SIG members at any time in #centos-kmods.
An introductory talk to the Kmods SIG is scheduled for the October 2021 Online Dojo.
We have no issues to bring to the board’s attention at this time.
This report covers work that happened between July 2nd and October 1st. For previous work, see the 2021Q2 report.
The Hyperscale SIG focuses on enabling CentOS Stream deployment on large-scale infrastructures and facilitating collaboration on packages and tooling.
Since the last update, the SIG gained three new members (Chris Murphy, Omar Sandoval and Benjamin Kircher).
We welcome anybody that’s interested and willing to do work within the scope of the SIG to join and contribute. See the membership section on the wiki for the current members list and how to join.
Unless otherwise specified, packages are available in our main repository, which can be enabled with
dnf install centos-hyperscale-release. Please report any issues with these packages on our package-bugs tracker.
Our most recent backport of systemd is version 249 based on the Fedora packaging. This release includes improvements and new features across all of the various systemd daemons and tools. Our latest version also backports upstream patches to support additional systemd link file configurations, such as those for for RX/TX coalescing and knobs for NIC features related to hardware acceleration.
Following Fedora’s lead, we’ve also split
systemd-resolved into separate subpackages. Both are included as optional packages when installing or upgrading systemd.
We have updated our btrfs-progs package to v5.13.1 and fixed a bug in our patch disabling RAID 5/6 in
We used to ship a non-modular version of the LLVM 12 compiler suite. This has since become part of CentOS Stream 8 proper, so we have retired our build as it is no longer needed.
We have rebased the Copy-on-Write packaging stack in the experimental repository to match the latest updates that landed in CentOS Steam 8 proper.
We now ship a patched version of PackageKit that fixes an issue in which PackageKit could not properly load CentOS repositories because CentOS uses non-standard DNF variables for repository URLs. This issue was reported over a year ago with a fix included, but since resolution had not occurred and we needed it for the Hyperscale spin, we have shipped the fix while we wait for the maintainer to resolve the issue.
We have updated
kpatch to 0.9.4, which allowed us to drop a number of patches that now carried upstream. Among other things, this new release includes support for
We’re currently using the 5.12 kernel based on our kernel-ark artifacts. Our plan is to rebase onto the same 5.14 version that is currently in CentOS Stream 9 and tracking that going forward.
We intend on supporting aarch64 as an architecture for the SIG. Right now just under half the packages are rebuilt. Our kernel is in progress but notably missing from the aarch64 builds.
We released a refreshed set of GNOME and KDE Plasma Workstation media on October 1, which includes all the work that happened in the Hyperscale SIG since the last release at the end of July. Information and links to the media are available on the SIG website.
The SIG continues to maintain a healthy development pace.
The SIG uses the
#centos-hyperscale IRC channel for ad-hoc communication and work coordination, and the centos-devel mailing list for async discussions and announcements. The SIG also holds open monthly video conference sessions to promote collaboration and social interaction.
We’ll be presenting an update on SIG activites at CentOS Dojo, October 2021.
The SIG tracks pending work as issues on our Pagure repository. Notable projects currently in flight include:
We have no issues to bring to the board’s attention at this time.
**Quorum at 22:05**
Artwork SIG - Status and discussion
Operate First introduction
No issue have been discussed this month, specific updates will be amended to the issue itself if needed.
**Adjourned at 22h55**
We are pleased to announce that Red Hat is establishing a small team directly responsible for participating in EPEL activities. Their job isn't to displace the EPEL community, but rather to support it full-time. We expect many beneficial effects, among those better EPEL readiness for a RHEL major release. The EPEL team will be part of the wider Community Platform Engineering group, or CPE for short.
As a reminder, CPE is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS.
Right now we are staffing up the team and expect to see us begin this work from October 2021. Keep an eye on the EPEL mailing list and the associated tracker as we begin this exciting journey with the EPEL community.