We are pleased to announce the general availability of the latest version of CentOS Linux 8. Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 8 and is tagged as 2111, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 Source Code.

**PLEASE NOTE:** CentOS Linux 8 will EOL on 31 December 2021. We will handle the EOL as directed by the CentOS Project Board of Directors and detailed here:

https://www.centos.org/centos-linux-eol/

As always, read through the Release Notes at:
http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS8.2111
- 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 users.

Remember, you should not be using CentOS Linux 8 in production or you should have a plan to migrate to a different Operating System before 31 December 2021. We will only be doing updates as detailed in the above EOL link.

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Updates, Sources, and DebugInfos

Updates released since the upstream release are all posted, across all architectures. We strongly recommend every user apply all updates, including the content released today, on your existing CentOS Linux 8 machine by just running 'dnf update'.

As with all CentOS Linux 8 components, this release was built from sources hosted at git.centos.org. Sources will be available from vault.centos.org in their own dedicated directories to match the corresponding binary RPMs.

Since there is far less traffic to the CentOS source RPMs compared with the binary RPMs, we are not putting this content on the main mirror network. If users wish to mirror this content they can do so using the reposync command available in the yum/dnf-utils package. All CentOS source RPMs are signed with the same key used to sign their binary
counterparts. Developers and end users looking at inspecting and contributing patches to the CentOS Linux distro will find the code hosted at git.centos.org far simpler to work against. Details on how to best consume those are documented along with a quick start at:
http://wiki.centos.org/Sources

Debuginfo packages have been signed and pushed. Yum configs shipped in the new release file will have all the context required for debuginfo to be available on every CentOS Linux install.

This release supersedes all previously released content for CentOS Linux 8, and therefore we highly encourage all users to upgrade their machines. Information on different upgrade strategies and how to handle stale content is included in the Release Notes.

Note that older content, obsoleted by newer versions of the same applications are trim'd off from repos like extras/ and centosplus/

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Download

We produced the following installer images for CentOS Linux 8

# CentOS-8.5.2111-x86_64-boot.iso: 827326464 bytes
SHA256 (CentOS-8.5.2111-x86_64-boot.iso) = 
9602c69c52d93f51295c0199af395ca0edbe35e36506e32b8e749ce6c8f5b60a

# CentOS-8.5.2111-x86_64-dvd1.iso: 10794041344 bytes
SHA256 (CentOS-8.5.2111-x86_64-dvd1.iso) = 
3b795863001461d4f670b0dedd02d25296b6d64683faceb8f2b60c53ac5ebb3e

# CentOS-8.5.2111-ppc64le-boot.iso: 789970944 bytes
SHA256 (CentOS-8.5.2111-ppc64le-boot.iso) = 
1aab48198031ce8ea2fed9341fb9d28a5846bb1e25f0ffd480111a006fcdf374

# CentOS-8.5.2111-ppc64le-dvd1.iso: 9282007040 bytes
SHA256 (CentOS-8.5.2111-ppc64le-dvd1.iso) = 
11998564c8f5d18b765c7eace6c02e5891417388ba379cec0ce360af7cea7c7c

# CentOS-8.5.2111-aarch64-boot.iso: 745474048 bytes
SHA256 (CentOS-8.5.2111-aarch64-boot.iso) = 
ea75b9ab34f8fd636f8c32d5d7b56ede9c6a3b721cdf3057a15ab8927b996c60

# CentOS-8.5.2111-aarch64-dvd1.iso: 8215996416 bytes
SHA256 (CentOS-8.5.2111-aarch64-dvd1.iso) = 
146e58624ef3b8842fc9576d9c5b9c046497601b1a0636f934484b0b1929ce21

Information for the torrent files and sums are available at
http://mirror.centos.org/centos/8/isos/

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Getting Help

The CentOS ecosystem is sustained by community driven help and guidance. The best place to start for new users is at http://wiki.centos.org/GettingHelp

We are also on social media, you can find the project: on Twitter at :http://twitter.com/CentOS
on Facebook at :https://www.facebook.com/groups/centosproject/
on LinkedIn at :https://www.linkedin.com/groups/22405

And you will find the core team and a majority of the contributors on irc, on irc.libera.chat in #centos ; talking about the finer points of distribution engineering and platform enablement.

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Contributors

This release was made possible due to the hard work of many people, foremost on that list are the Red Hat Engineers for producing a great distribution and the CentOS QA team, without them CentOS Linux would look very different. Many of the team went further and beyond expectations to bring this release to you, and I would like to thank everyone for their help.

We are also looking for people to get involved with the QA process in CentOS, if you would like to join this please introduce yourself on the centos-devel list (http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-devel).

Finally, please join me in thanking the donors who all make this possible for us.

CentOS Linux 7 will be available and maintained until 2024 and CentOS
Stream 8 will also be maintained until that time. Here is how CentOS
Stream is different from CentOS Linux as and EOL information:

https://www.centos.org/cl-vs-cs/

Here is how you can move a machine from CentOS Linux 8 to CentOS Stream 8:

https://www.centos.org/centos-stream/

In closing, this release is very bittersweet for me. I have been involved in the CentOS Linux process and have done the vast majority of releases since the 2004. Moving forward, I will be working as hard as I can to make sure CentOS Stream is the best it can be.

It has been a wild ride, thanks for the memories.

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes

You may recall that CPE ran a requirements session to figure out a future home for storing our source code. Gitlab was chosen as the destination based on the varied requirements. Over the past year, CentOS Stream has been developed through Gitlab. We used this period of time to test the workflows and we are now pleased to announce that Gitlab have kindly welcomed CentOS into their GitLab for Open Source program. We now have a hosted GitLab available for the CentOS community giving our community members additional options for both code and project management. We are working now to integrate the CentOS Account system into Gitlab allowing for seamless integration and usage of your account.

 

For clarity, https://git.centos.org remains the proper location for all source drops from RHEL and content for CentOS Stream 8. https://gitlab.com/redhat/centos-stream is the location for contributing to CentOS Stream 9. Any SIG content stored in git.centos.org may remain there for now, we are not yet calling for migration.

We would like to extend our thanks to Gitlab for this generous offer of support and Nuritzi Sanchez, a Senior Open Source Program Manager at Gitlab had this to say: We welcome CentOS into the wider GitLab community! We believe in the GitLab DevOps Platform and its ability to help communities like CentOS collaboratively and transparently plan, build, secure, and deploy software faster. We look forward to seeing the impact that the move to GitLab will have on their community. 

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

It’s been another busy month in the CentOS project. Here’s some of the highlights from around the community.

Project News

Karanbir ‘KB’ Singh

On October 18th, we had the historic news that project lead and long-term Board of Directors member Karanbir “KB” Singh will resign from the Board, effective immediately.

If you’ve been around CentOS for any time at all, you’ve heard of KB, and his work with the community. It’s safe to say that without KB, the project would not be where it is now. He’s been a voice of leadership in the project since the very beginning, and has always been a presence on our lists, at our events, and in our governance.

We wish KB well in his future endeavors and hope to still see him around CentOS, and the larger Linux ecosystem, for years to come.

KB’s departure is also a vote of confidence in the recently added directors, and faith that they will continue to lead the project in the right direction, even as we shift focus to Stream and stronger SIGs.

Watch the centos-devel mailing list over the coming week for information about how, and when, we will select the replacement director for the seat that KB is vacating.

Fedora 35 release!

Our friends at Fedora will release Fedora Linux 35 today, November 2nd. We encourage you to download it and try it out. Fedora is the upstream of CentOS, and a great choice for your daily Linux needs.

CentOS Stream Updates

CentOS Stream keeps getting more useful all the time.

On Friday, Fabian announced the availability of the centos plus repository for 8-stream, which returns to a feature that we used to have, but had become unmaintained over the past years. You can enable it with sudo dnf install centos-release-plus -y. More details are in the mailing list post linked above.

October Board of Director Minutes

The October Board of Directors meeting was held on October 13th. As usual, the minutes of that meeting are published on the CentOS blog.

The next meeting will be held on November 10th. Watch the centos-devel mailing list for your invitation to attend that meeting.

Events

October Dojo

On October 7th and 8th, we ran our the final CentOS Dojo of 2021, which was held online. We had good turnout, and great presentations. All the videos, and most of the slides, are now available on the event wiki page.

We started with an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the Board of Directors, with topics ranging across many topics, and about half of our directors able to participate.

SC21

Come see us at the Red Hat booth at SuperComputing 21 in St. Louis, November 14th - 19th.

SIG reports

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are smaller groups within the CentOS community that focus on a small set of issues, in order to either create awareness or to focus on development along a specific topic.

Each month, several of our SIGs report about what they’ve been working in the past quarter.

Cloud SIG

Purpose

The CentOS Cloud SIG is a group of people coming together to focus on packaging and maintaining different FOSS based Private cloud infrastructure applications that one can install and run natively on CentOS

https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/Cloud

Releases and packages

New OpenStack release Xena

During this period, RDO Xena was released in the Cloud SIG based on a new version of OpenStack. This version is currently available for CentOS Stream 8. More details can be found in the announcement post.

Support for CentOS Stream 9

During this quarter, Cloud SIG has made good progress to get OpenStack running on CentOS Stream 9:

  • The SIG has built all the required requirements for CentOS Stream 9 in CBS and has delivered a RDO Trunk repository following master branch (https://trunk.rdoproject.org/centos9-master/report.html)
  • We are actively working with the OpenStack upstream project to get all the required changes in code and to make this OS available for upstream testing.
  • We’ve also worked with other SIGs such as Storage, Opstools, NFV and Messaging to build and test all the required software stack on CS9.

Continuous Integration

Cloud SIG has finished migrating all their jobs from the shared jenkins instance (ci.centos.org) to a new private instance running in the CentOS CI OpenShift environment.

Health and membership

Unfortunately, the former co-chair Paul Isaacs has ceased his activity in the SIG. Candidacies for replacement are welcome!

NFV

The NFV SIG has published their report to the CentOS blog.

Promo

The Promo SIG also published their report to the CentOS blog.

Storage

Package updates:

  • Glusterfs updated to glusterfs-8.6 and glusterfs-9.4. GlusterFS-10 is coming soon. glusterfs-8 will reach EOL upstream when glusterfs-10 is released.
  • Ceph updated to ceph-16.2.6. Ceph-15.2.15 will land by the time people are reading this. (It seems ceph-15.2.14 was missed somehow.) Ceph-14 has reached EOL upstream
  • NFS-ganesha-4 is coming soon.

CentOS Stream 9:

  • ceph-16 (nautilus), nfs-ganesha-3, glusterfs-9, glusterfs-coreutils, and glusterfs-block have all been built. Ceph and glusterfs are tagged for -testing and I believe that some people — e.g. OpenShift (ceph) and libvirt (glusterfs) — are already using them for their upstream testing.

For the OpenStack use-case:

  1. cephadm 16.2.6 is now available on c8s, builds for c9s exist as well in -candidate to enable preliminary testing in TripleO.
  2. There’s an effort from the TripleO community to align the code base and the CI to c9s.

From Samba side:

Packages updated:

  • 4.13 version series has reached EOL and latest version 4.13.12 is now available with CentOS 8 Linux and CentOS 8 Stream
  • Latest version 4.14.8 from 4.14 series is now available with CentOS 8 Linux and CentOS 8 Stream

New version series:

  • Latest and greatest version of Samba(4.15.0) from 4.15 series is now available with CentOS 8 Linux and CentOS 8 Stream

CentOS Stream 9:

  • Recent updates to 4.14(4.14.8) and 4.15(4.15.0) series are available

Messaging

Purpose

Provide a unique source for messaging related packages. These packages
are consumed e.g by the Cloud SIG or the OpsTools SIG.

Activity

The nature of this SIG is to provide packages for other SIGs. The churn is not as big as in other SIGs. We have rebuilt packages for CentOS9 stream. A rebuild of erlang and rabbit packages is planned or already underway. The packages for CentOS 9 Stream are currently used and tested by the Cloud SIG.

Other news

If you prefer your news in video format, we continue to publish a monthly video summary. The October edition is on our YouTube channel.

We’ve also posted two videos that help visualize the relationship between Fedora, CentOS Stream, and RHEL. The first video discusses what CentOS Stream is and the second talks about how contributions flow through CentOS Stream to RHEL. There’s also a diagram that discusses how it all fits together.

From the larger EL (Enterprise Linux) ecosystem, you’ll no doubt be interested to see the AlmaLinux project’s announcement of the ELevate tool which allows an in-place upgrade from any EL7 distribution to EL8 distributions.

Until next time ...

Thanks for reading another newsletter. There's lots of places to connect with the CentOS community. Come talk to us on our mailing lists, our IRC channels, and our forums. And follow us on Twitter for daily news and updates.

2021-10 CentOS board meeting

Attendees

Board members

  • Brian “bex” Exelbierd
  • Thomas Oulevey
  • Davide Cavalca
  • Jim Perrin
  • Tru Huynh
  • Mike McLean
  • Josh Boyer

Directors Absent

  • Pat Riehecky
  • Karanbir Singh
  • Johnny Hughes

Guests

  • Shaun McCance
  • Matthias Runge
  • Lance Albertson
  • Brian Stinson
  • Alfredo

** 22h05 **

Agenda

On going discussion

  • Nothing to report.

Issues

https://git.centos.org/centos/board/issues

Issues to be closed (ACTION close all of them if no objection)

  • None

New issues

  • #63 CentOS Stream and Operate First (Unclear what action, if any, is needed here. Propose we close until there is an action requested.)
    • close issue and wait for concrete actions
  • #45 CentOS variant artifacts (ISOs, disk images, etc.) branding (Draft was posted to https://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos-devel/2021-September/077326.html and there was, as far as I can tell, no comment from the community. Can we go ahead and get this published?)
    • Rich : publish as a policy
    • Decide where we can publish it. SIG documentation would be the right. MikeM: link with trademark guidelines.
    • Brian: SIGGuide wiki page would make sense
  • #44 Remove former Directors from various accounts and permissions
  • #27 Providing Official AMIs in Amazon CN regions.
  • #03 Getting official CentOS images into Azure
    • no updates
    • Jim & Bex : it’s being worked on.
  • #01 Shift Board to be more transparent in support of becoming a contributor-focused open source project
    • Closing this issue
    • Thomas: Write a blog post about the evolution in the past year with the point of view of new members
  • #04 Definitive answer requested regarding logo design (This is currently in the hands of Brand. I was hoping to have some update before this meeting.)
    • Rich : Red Hat brand contacted, no definitive answer yet
    • 1/ Do we have to register a new brand ?
    • Can we use the new branding before 1/ is sorted out ?

Issues on hold

  • None

Community Architect updates

SIG Reports

AOB

  • TBC

** Adjourned at 22h23 **

 

During the past quarter (August, September, October) the Promo SIG has been involved in the following activities:

Community/Membership

In the most recent quarter, I (Rich Bowen) have been trying harder to engage more of the community in the promotion of the project, rather than doing it all myself. This has been met with mixed success, but I’m optimistic. I think that lack of participation is largely my fault, in that I need to be more proactive in making people aware of contribution opportunities, rather than just going off and doing things on my own.

Newsletter

We have produced a newsletter each month in this quarter:

August: https://blog.centos.org/2021/08/centos-community-newsletter-august-2021/
September: https://blog.centos.org/2021/09/newsletter-2021-09/
October: https://blog.centos.org/2021/10/centos-community-newsletter-october-2021/

Last quarter we started a monthly news summary video, and this continued this quarter:

August: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg8YbFAxk_Y&list=PLuRtbOXpVDjC4_tKJBAWuxDky8O-vs4ub&index=3
September: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34NRc8JOIek&list=PLuRtbOXpVDjC4_tKJBAWuxDky8O-vs4ub&index=2
October: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD8ikDwS6yo&list=PLuRtbOXpVDjC4_tKJBAWuxDky8O-vs4ub&index=1&t=10s

Dojo

On October 7th and 8th we ran another online CentOS Dojo. The previous one was in May, and we’re trying to do these quarterly until such time as we can get back to in-person dojos. However, there has been almost unanimous feedback that we should attempt to continue these even after that time.

We had 10 presentations, including the opening AMA (Ask Me Anything) with the Board of Directors.

All of the videos, and most of the slides, are now available on the event wiki page.

We had 126 registrations, with 77% turnout.

For the first time since I have been on the job, we had more non-Red Hat than Red Hat speakers, which has been a long-time goal.

Stream 9 launch messaging

A new effort has been started to produce launch/announce messaging around CentOS Stream 9. While Stream 9 has been available for some time, there’s a lack of awareness because we really haven’t been talking about it a lot.

This is, therefore, an intentional effort to get the word out that CentOS Stream 9 is available, and open for contributions.

More information may be found at the following locations:

Social Media

We continue to maintain a presence on several social media platforms, including primarily Twitter, Facebook, and Reddit.

Twitter

Our Twitter following continues to grow, and the tone of conversation on Twitter about @CentOS continues to become more and more positive all the time. We are seeing fewer angry/hateful tweets and responses, and more positive remarks about CentOS Stream over time.

You can also see prety clearly in the below statistics that our engagement is directly linked to how often we put out new content. While this is not a surprise, it’s something we need to continually be reminded of.

Followers: 17,844

August

Tweets: 25
Impressions: 84.5k
Mentions: 412
New followers: 426

September

Tweets: 13
Impressions: 29.2k
Mentions: 215
New followers: 315

October

Tweets: 14
Impressions: 25k
Mentions: 214
New followers: 125

Reddit

Reddit continues to be a popular place for CentOS discussion, even though the current r/CentOS moderator has changed the name and description of the subreddit to be actively hostile to the community.

Facebook

Facebook traffic has been slowing down month over month, but we still get several questions and answers each day.

In October I finally stopped watching the other CentOS Facebook group, which has now become almost entirely spam.

Issues for the board to address, if any

We have no issues for the Board at this time.

This is a summary of the work done on initiatives by the Community Platform Engineering (CPE) Team in Red Hat. Each quarter, the CPE Team—together with CentOS and Fedora community representatives—chooses initiatives to work on in the quarter. The CPE Team is then split into multiple smaller sub-teams that will work on chosen initiatives, plus the day-to-day work that needs to be done.

Following is the list of sub-teams in this quarter:

  • Infra & Releng
  • CentOS Stream/Emerging RHEL
  • Datanommer/Datagrepper
  • DNF Counting
  • Metrics for Apps on OpenShift

Infra & Releng

About

The purpose of this team is to take care of day-to-day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work. It’s responsible for services running in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and preparing things for the new Fedora release (mirrors, mass branching, new namespaces etc.). This sub-team is also investigating possible initiatives. This is done by the Advance Reconnaissance Crew (ARC), which is formed from the Infra & Releng sub-team members based on the initiative that is being investigated.

Issue trackers

Documentation

Members of sub-team for Q3 2021

  • Mark O’Brien (Team Lead) (Fedora Operations, CentOS Operations) (mobrien)
  • Michal Konecny (Agile Practitioner) (Developer) (zlopez)
  • Kevin Fenzi (Fedora Operations) (nirik)
  • Fabian Arrotin (CentOS Operations) (arrfab)
  • Tomas Hrcka (Fedora Release Engineering) (humaton)
  • Lenka Segura (Developer) (lenkaseg)
  • Emma Kidney (Developer) (ekidney)
  • Ben Capper (Developer) (bcapper)

What the sub-team did in Q3 2021

Fedora Infrastructure

In addition to the normal maintenance tasks (reboots, updates for security issues, creating groups/lists, fixing application issues) we worked on a number of items:

  • Cleaned up nagios checks to stop alerting on swap on hardware machines
  • Moved the vast majority of our instances to use linux-system-roles/networking to configure networking via ansible
  • Got broken openqa-p09-worker02 back up and working with a lot of firmware upgrades and help from IBM techs.
  • Archived off ~35TB of space from our netapp to a storinator
  • Got zodbot (our IRC bot) moved to python3 and pointed to the new account system
  • Upgraded the wiki to the latest stable version.
  • Fixed an issue with OSBS building 0ad, needed a larger than default container.
  • Setup new fedora matrix hosted server rooms/etc.
  • Started on EPEL9 setup, mirroring centos9stream buildroot content, etc
  • Got vmhost-x86-copr04’s motherboard replaced and back in service.
  • Kinoite website deployed

CentOS Stream

  • prepared the new mirror network to accept CentOS Stream 9
  • modified koji/cbs.centos.org to allow building for CentOS Stream 9, including new tags
  • importing 9-stream content
  • modified SIG process to include/support stream 9 for modified requirements (directory layout, included sources and debuginfo vs what we had before )
  • prepare the needed infra for AWS for EC2 testing and replication across all regions for CentOS Stream 9 images

CentOS common/public infrastructure

  • converting all deployed CentOS Linux 8 to CentOS Stream 8
  • relocated the armhfp community builders to other DC/hardware
  • started investigation about migrating from Pagure 5.8 on CentOS 7 to Pagure 5.13 on CentOS Stream 8
  • created https://docs.infra.centos.org doc website, and working in pairing mode to share infra knowledge within the team
  • collaboration with artwork SIG to prepare some *.dev* variants of websites to have a "playground" to test Ansible role changes directly and then having corresponding PR for deployments in .stg. and then prod
  • Business As Usual (BAU)
    •  koji tags creation
    •  hardware issues to fix/follow

CentOS CI infrastructure

  • updated openshift to 4.8.x stable branch
  • moved/onboarded new tenants on CI infra
  • moved some workload in CI infra for better resiliency and backup plans
  • expanded the existing cloud.cico (opennebula) infra with new hypervisors (x86_64)
  • reorganized the slow nfs storage box (out of warranty) with raid10 layout to speed up/help with containers in openshift (for PersistentVolumes)

Fedora Release Engineering

While taking care of day to day business like nightly composes, package retirements and unretirements, new scm requests and occasional koji issues, we worked on new Fedora release.

  • Mass rebuild of rpms and modules in Fedora Rawhide
  • Branching of Fedora 35 from Rawhide
  • Fedora Linux 35 Beta release

ARC

Investigated upgrading the Frontend Web UI for the CentOS mailing list. The investigation came to the conclusion that Mailman3, Postorius and Hyperkitty would need to be packaged for EPEL8. A new server would need to be deployed with the current CentOS mailing list migrated to it.

CentOS Stream/Emerging RHEL

About

This initiative is working on CentOS Stream/Emerging RHEL to make this new distribution a reality. The goal of this initiative is to prepare the ecosystem for the new CentOS Stream.

Issue trackers

Documentation

Members of sub-team for Q3 2021

  • Brian Stinson (Team Lead) (bstinson)
  • Adam Samalik (Agile Practitioner) (asamalik)
  • Aoife Moloney (Product Owner) (amoloney)
  • Carl George
  • James Antill
  • Johnny Hughes
  • Mohan Boddu (mboddu)
  • Merlin Mathesius
  • Stephen Gallagher (sgallagh)
  • Troy Dawson (tdawson)
  • Petr Bokoc (pbokoc)

What the sub-team did in Q3 2021

One thing we tackled was enabling side tag builds for Fedora ELN. Initially, we wanted to implement proper side tags for ELN, but we eventually settled for a simpler approach where we tag the Rawhide builds in, and then rebuild them in ELN. This ensures that we get all the packages built in ELN, with the Rawhide build as a backup should it fail in ELN. And we can even use this as a health metric for ELN — how many ELN packages are actually ELN builds.

For CentOS Stream 9, we have cloud images in AWS available. You can get it by searching for "centos stream 9" in AWS, and to make sure you get the latest you can add this month (so "202110" for October 2021).

Also, CentOS Stream 9 repositories are now available through mirrors using a meta link. Existing systems get this set up automatically with an update, as the centos-release package will include this metalink. This will take some load off the CentOS infra and potentially even make your updates faster.

Datanommer/Datagrepper

About

Goal of this initiative is to update and enhance Datanommer and Datagrepper apps. Datanommer is the database that is used to store all of the fedora messages sent in the Fedora Infrastructure. Datagrepper is an API with web GUI that allows users to find messages stored in Datanommer database. Current solution is slow and the database data structure is not optimal for storing current amounts of data. And here is when this initiative comes into play.

Issue trackers

Application URLs

Members of sub-team for Q3 2021

  • Aurelien Bompard (Team Lead) (abompard)
  • Aoife Moloney (Product Owner) (amoloney)
  • Ellen O’Carroll (Product Owner)
  • Ryan Lerch (ryanlerch)
  • Lenka Segura (lsegura)
  • James Richardson (jrichardson)
  • Stephen Coady (scoady)

What the sub-team did in Q3 2021

Datanommer and Datagrepper have been upgraded to use TimescaleDB, an open-source relational database for time-series data. TimescaleDB is a PostgreSQL extension that takes care of sharding the large amount of data that we have (and keep generating!), and maintains an SQL-compatible interface for applications.

Datagrepper and the Datanommer consumer are now running in OpenShift instead of dedicated VMs.

DNF Counting

About

DNF Counting is used to obtain data on how Fedora is consumed by users. The current implementation experiences timeouts and crashes when the data are obtained. This initiative is trying to make the retrieval of counting data more reliable and efficient.

Issue trackers

Documentation

Members of sub-team for Q3 2021

  • Nils Phillipsen (Team Lead) (nils)
  • Aoife Moloney (Product Owner) (amoloney)
  • Ellen O’Carroll (Product Owner)
  • Adam Saleh (asaleh)
  • Patrik Polakovic
  • With special shout-out to Stephen Smoogen that provided vital fixes even though he wasn’t officially part of the initiative

What the sub-team did in Q3 2021

Scripts that create the statistics for https://data-analysis.fedoraproject.org/ were cleaned up and refactored, making them stable enough, so that they don’t require more manual intervention.

The code on https://pagure.io/mirrors-countme/ now has tests running in CI and is packaged as an rpm to avoid further mishaps in package installation. The deployment scripts were cleaned-up as well, alongside the actual deployment on log01 machine, with it’s hard-to-track manual interventions for last minute bug-fixes replaced by ansible-scripts.

Cron-jobs that run the batch-jobs now only send notification emails on failures and to see the overall health of the batch-process you can see the simple dashboard on - https://monitor-dashboard-web-monitor-dashboard.app.os.fedoraproject.org/

Metrics for Apps on OpenShift

About

Goal of this initiative is to deploy OpenShift 4 in Fedora Infrastructure and start using Prometheus as a monitoring tool for apps deployed in OpenShift. This initiative should also define what metrics will be collected.

Issue trackers

Documentation

Members of sub-team for Q3 2021

  • David Kirvan (Team Lead) (dkirwan)
  • Aoife Moloney (Product Owner) (amoloney)
  • Ellen O’Carroll (Product Owner)
  • Vipul Siddharth (siddharthvipul1)
  • Akashdeep Dhar (t0xic0der)

What the sub-team did in Q3 2021

  • Infrastructure prep work to install Red Hat CoreOS on nodes for OpenShift Container Platform (OCP)
  • Deployed OCP4.8 in staging and production
  • Configuring cluster with OAuth, OpenShift Container Storage (OCS) and other important needed operators/configs to support Fedora workloads
  • Automate the process of OCP deployment with Ansible
  • Deployed and configure the User Workload Monitoring stack
  • Investigate app migration from older cluster to new

Epilogue

If you get here, thank you for reading this. If you want to contact us, feel free to do it in #redhat-cpe channel on libera.chat.

Purpose

The CentOS NFV (Network Function Virtualization) SIG provides a CentOS-based stack that will serve as a platform for the deployment and testing of virtual network functions (VNFs) and NFV component packages on compliant CentOS platform.

Membership

Ales Musil (amusil) has joined as new SIG member. Welcome on board!

Packages

  • New package openvswitch2.16 has been added to the CentOS Stream 8 NFV OpenvSwitch repository.
  • The packages openvswitch2.15, openvswitch2.13, ovn-2021 and ovn2.13 have been updated in CentOS Stream 8.

Instructions about how to enable the repositories can be found in https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/NFV

Support for CentOS Stream 9

Builds for openvswitch2.15 and ovn-2021 for CentOS Stream 9 are available in the testing repository.

Work to update those packages and add openvswitch2.16 is in progress.

Communication

The NFV SIG meeting cadence has been updated to monthly in the first week, on Wednesday at 15:00UTC in #centos-meeting.

 

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:

  • Create open source software related to automotive
  • Incorporate upstream projects related to automotive
  • Build and curate a CentOS variant for Automotive as a proof of concept and reference design for an in-vehicle automotive OS

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.