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CentOS Blog: [Video] What is CentOS Stream?

2020, május 12 - 10:39

(A presentation from Red Hat Summit)

CentOS Stream is a release from the CentOS Project. It’s an effort, along with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) engineering team, to increase transparency and collaboration around the RHEL development process. This video gives a little more detail about the what, why, and how of CentOS Stream

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CentOS Blog: What’s coming up next in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure?

2020, május 6 - 15:00

As you may know, the Community Platform Engineering (CPE) team that helps manage both infrastructure for both Fedora and CentOS is trying to improve how the different initiatives or requests for changes we receive are planned and prioritized. This effort to improve has led us to look at planning our work in three-month windows. By planning, limiting, and focusing our work every three months, we can dedicate a substantial team around each initiative, driving it to completion before working on the next. Overall this helps us finish and deliver work faster.

The prioritization work involves the Fedora Council, the CentOS Board, a representative of the Red Hat Business Unit and the CPE team for each three-month window. Initiatives are considered against the team’s mission statement and weighed against each other to ensure that the most valuable initiatives are properly prioritized. This way of working  is quite new for us so any feedback on the overall process is greatly appreciated.

So, What’s coming up next (April - June 2020*)?

CentOS Stream (Phase 2)

In the next 3 months the team will be focusing on making CentOS Stream easier to consume and release. This means investing in automation of the packaging and compose processes. 

More information about this effort at :

Fedora Account System (FAS) Replacement (Phase 2)

This project is the second phase of the work that was started at the beginning of this year to replace FAS (which you may have heard referred to as “AAA”: Authentication, Authorization, Accounting). T first three months of the year were focused on building the web portal allowing users to register and manage their account. This phase will focus on the integration with other applications. Most of the work will be done in fasjson & fasjson-client.

More information about this effort at :

Fedora Data Centre Move

This is a big effort that in fact has already started and will continue for most of the next 3 months (current estimated end date for this is mid-July). The work will involve deploying critical infrastructure in the new data centre so that we can continue to build Fedora while the hardware is shipped from the old data centre. Then as the hardware arrives at the new location we will be working on redeploying the services and adding more capacity to that infrastructure.

More information about this effort at :

DNF Counting

This project will update and improve the current solution that gathers anonymous statistics about the number of installed Fedora systems by making use of the new DNF “countme” flag. This will help the project better understand how Fedora’s various offerings are used in the world, and give us better insight into the real-world lifecycle of our releases while taking great care to preserve our user's privacy. 

More information about this effort:

CentOS CI Infrastructure Phase 1

This work will allow us to update the current infrastructure used by from an OpenShift 3.x version to an OpenShift 4.x version. The goal of this work is also to build up more administration knowledge of OpenShift in the team as well as improving the performance and reducing the maintenance effort needed to run the current infrastructure.

More information about this effort:


The goal of this project is to make the current solution used to build rpms and modules for CentOS easier to maintain and update. The core of the work is to deploy koji and MBS using Kubernetes operators in order to manage the upgrade and deployment of new versions.

More information about this effort at:

You will find regular updates on our Taiga board relating to teams progress on each initiative. If you have any questions or if you want to know more about any of these initiatives or would like to contribute, please join our #redhat-cpe channel on IRC Freenode or visit the taiga links for more information.

In addition, a dedicated sub-team, the sustaining team, will continue to service the lights on operation work for CentOS & Fedora.

We recognize that this email/blog post is late, our 3 months window has started for a month already, as we said this is still a new process for us and we're still in the adjustment phase. Hopefully we'll do better in June!

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CentOS Blog: CentOS Community newsletter, May 2020 (#2005)

2020, május 5 - 18:07

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy, and, as always, thank you for being part of this great community.

In this edition:
  • News
  • Releases and updates
  • Events
  • SIG reports

After a great deal of work with Red Hat Legal, we are pleased to announce our new project licencing policy. This is an important step as we continue to move towards accepting more contributions in CentOS Stream  -

We're also delighted to welcome Pat and Thomas as new members of the CentOS Board of Directors - 

If you are involved in contributing to CentOS in any way, we ask that you take a moment to read the description of the work on SIG Authentication retooling -

CentOS Stream Updates:

CentOS Stream is working to get further ahead than in the past. Previously there were times when the content set of CentOS Stream reset to being ahead only with the Kernel and systemd. We recently pushed a batch of almost 100 source packages intended for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 nightly development snapshots. Over the next period of time we expect to focus on pushing more batches into Stream until we're fully caught up with those nightly snapshots.

To give feedback on this content, you can open Red Hat Bugzillas directly against the CentOS Stream component.

CPE updates:

Our friends at CPE - Community Platform Engineering - have been posting weekly updates on their progress on the Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and engineering.

April 4th:

April 14th:

April 18th:

April 26th:

Releases and updates Errata and Security Advisories

We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during April:

Errata and Bugfix Advisories

We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during April:


Last week we “attended” Red Hat Summit, where we had a number of video presentations, and a well-attended “Ask The Expert” session with Brian Stinson about CentOS Stream. All of this content is available online. Go to (register for free and log in), then click “Explore” and you’ll see the Fedora/CentOS room there, with video and printed content about our projects.

We’ve also posted the videos to YouTube - - subscribe today to be notified when we post new content there.

Coming up, we have an AMA - Ask Me Anything - in the works for our Reddit community,  We don’t have a date confirmed yet, but we’ll be announcing it there, as well as to the other usual places - Twitter, Facebook, the Blog and the Forums - so subscribe to one or more of those places to find out when that’s coming.

We will soon be announcing our participation in DevConf.US, the annual developer conference. We intend to have a virtual CentOS Dojo as part of that event, and will be announcing our call for presentations soon.

SIG Reports

The SIGs - special interest groups - are where most of the interesting stuff in CentOS happens. They are communities packaging and testing layered projects on top of CentOS, and ensuring that they work reliably.

Cloud SIG Report Purpose

Packaging and maintaining different FOSS based Private cloud infrastructure applications that one can install and run natively on CentOS.

Membership Update

We are always looking for new members, especially representation from other cloud technologies.

No SIG members have been added in this quarter. However, the SIG membership list was updated on the SIG wiki page to reflect reality.

Releases and Packages


Aug 27 - Aug 31 Train Release

Interesting things in the Train release include:

Openstack Ansible, which provides ansible playbooks and roles for deployment, added murano support and fully migrated to systemd-journald from rsyslog. This project makes deploying OpenStack from source in a way that makes it scalable while also being simple to operate, upgrade, and grow.

Ironic, the Bare Metal service, aims to produce an OpenStack service and associated libraries capable of managing and provisioning physical machines in a security-aware and fault-tolerant manner. Beyond providing basic support for building software RAID and a myriad of other highlights, this project now offers a new tool for building ramdisk images, ironic-python-agent-builder.

Other improvements include:

Tobiko is now available within RDO! This project is an OpenStack testing framework focusing on areas mostly complementary to Tempest. While the tempest main focus has been testing OpenStack rest APIs, the main Tobiko focus would be to test OpenStack system operations while “simulating” the use of the cloud as the final user would. Tobiko’s test cases populate the cloud with workloads such as instances, allows the CI workflow to perform an operation such as an update or upgrade, and then runs test cases to validate that the cloud workloads are still functional.

Other highlights of the broader upstream OpenStack project may be read via

Jun 01 - Jun 05 Victoria Release Virtual Project Team Gathering

Health and Activity

The Cloud SIG remains fairly healthy. However, it is still, for the most part, a monoculture containing only OpenStack.

Issues for the Board

We have no issues to bring to the board’s attention at this time.


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CentOS Blog: [Video] What is CentOS?

2020, május 5 - 10:36

A presentation from Red Hat Summit: Community member Karsten Wade gives a quick overview of what the CentOS Project is.

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CentOS Blog: CPE Weekly: 2020-05-02

2020, május 4 - 16:25


The Community Platform Engineering group is the Red Hat team combining IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS. Check out our teams info here

GitForge Updates

* We are tracking our progress here (nothing new added yet, fyi)

* We are still doing a technical deep-dive with our own team on what we need from GitLab and will have a technical plan developed and publically available in the coming weeks - thanks again for your patience, this will take some time to map out.

* Fedora have also released a blog post

* And the council are tracking the community issues in this ticket

* We are looking at ways to engage closer with the community too so I will have an *optional* office hours slot on #fedora-meeting @ 1400-1500 UTC every Thursday. Feel free to stop by and say hi! We can talk about Gitforge, or not


* F32 released! Congrats to all those who helped make this such an awesome release

* Lenovo are releasing Fedora as a standard desktop offering!

* CentOS 7.8.2003 was released for x86_64, aarch64,ppc64, ppc64le and armhfp architectures, including Cloud images (on!

Data Centre Move

* Communishift is still out, est back online 11th May.

* Full amended schedule will be published week ending 8th May to hackmd & will be sent to the devel & infra lists.

* Connectivity is now in place in IAD2 and should be in place in RDU-CC over the weekend.

* In particular, a HUGE shout out to Stephen Smoogen who has been working all the hours in every day for the last few weeks/months to get this phase of the move operatoinal for the Fedora infrastructure - we would not be able to do this without you Smooge

* This is literally a two man team of Kevin Fenzi and Stephen Smoogen, who are carrying the weight of this infrastructure on their shoulders and are invaluable to the success of this multi-team and multi-month project, so thank you both.

* Given the pressures on the Infra folks, a general ask for patience if your ticket / request / ping takes a little bit longer to reply to

AAA Replacement

* The team will work with openSUSE to deploy FreeIPA + Noggin to deploy it in their infra before we do!

* This is really exciting and the team are looking forward to seeing how the solution works in another infrastructure!

* You can view the teams current, completed and backlog work here

Sustaining Team

* The team are using this dashboard to track their work

* Mbbox Upgrade

* Zuul CI set up is done

* Koji-hub TLS support added to CR

* Set up ReadTheDocs documentation - webhook missing for automatic build

* Identity container for testing

* Koji-builder CRD PR rebase - SSL authentication with koji-hub

* Refactor molecule test suite to share tests

CentOS Updates CentOS CI

* OpenShift upgrade

* OpenStack to OpenNebula migration scripts

* Ansible playbooks to manage the creation and bootstrapping of bare metal nodes with RHCOS

* Packaging work (fixing dependencies)

* Updated ci-user list on efforts we are putting for CI Infrastructure


* CentOS 7.8.2003 was released for x86_64, aarch64,ppc64, ppc64le and armhfp architectures. Including Cloud images (on -

CentOS Stream

* Congratulations to Brian Stinson on his excellent session of Ask The Expert, facilitated by Rich Bowen during Red Hat Summit - we hope you caught it, it was really good!

* Using CentOS Stream in the CentOS QA group to prep for 8.2 As always, feedback is welcome, and we will continue to look at ways to improve the delivery and readability of this weekly report.

Have a great week ahead!



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CentOS Blog: SIG authentication retooling

2020, május 4 - 08:05

You may have seen the emails from Aoife about the work the Community Platform Engineering (CPE) team is doing around authentication tooling, and what that might mean for CentOS. Here’s a brief explainer for what’s happening.

The authentication software we use for SIGs (FAS or Fedora Account System) and a few other bits around the project will be EOL fairly soon. This is a 10+ year old, difficult to maintain software project with bugs that can’t be effectively addressed with its old code. The CPE team is writing a replacement for FAS that uses more of the standard distribution components, largely built around FreeIPA. This new tooling is intended to be an upgrade for use by anyone, but particularly Fedora and CentOS to replace both uses of FAS currently. There are a number of feature improvements and standardizations included in the new software, but in the end users shouldn’t notice any real impact in operation.

As we engaged with stakeholders including SIG chairs, the CentOS QA team, and other prominent community members, one issue became quickly apparent. We have many SIG contributors who push their work into both CentOS and Fedora, as well as Fedora’s EPEL repository. Having to work with separate auth systems makes it more difficult with automation, testing, and other parts of the contributor workflow. Because of this chance to improve the lives of our current and incoming contributors, our intention with the new authentication rewrite is for the CentOS and Fedora projects to share a single, unified authentication system. This would allow members of our communities who contribute in multiple places to do so via a single account, while having negligible impact on users who don’t. Group management, permissions, etc. will still be the purview of each project to manage as they see fit.

Fixing this gap between the auth systems the CPE team uses also solves some problems for the team itself. Sharing this system also encourages more cross-team work, which benefits both projects and communities (more hands). These communities are already sharing some resources, such as Fedora making use of the CentOS CI system. This work paves the way for easier resource sharing and management, which will cut down on the amount of duplicative work done across both infrastructures.

Over the next few months as the CPE team works toward its October implementation goal, you’ll see additional communication and messaging about the project. That doesn’t mean you need to wait to get involved though. If you’re interested in how we’re designing the auth, or want to participate in the development, please have a look at the git repository and see where you can help!

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CentOS Blog: Release: CentOS Linux 7 (2003)

2020, április 28 - 16:43

We are very pleased to announce the latest release in the CentOS 7 series. The full release announcements may be seen on the centos-devel mailing list:

These releases were made possible due to the hard work of many people, and we thank all of them for their help as we move this platform forward.

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CentOS Blog: New CentOS Project licensing policy

2020, április 27 - 18:32

Today the CentOS Project is rolling out a comprehensive licensing policy to document how licensing has been conducted normally in the Project, along with filling gaps that are crucial for being a contributor project. Your feedback and questions are welcome on the centos-devel mailing list. Please read the following for more detail and background.

One of the effects of adding CentOS Stream highlighted the fact we do not have any kind of clear policy about licensing contributions to the project. Obviously people have been contributing code and content to the project for a very long time, but none of those contributions went into the core Linux distribution. With CentOS Stream comes the need to manage a comparatively huge firehose of contributions needing clear guidelines and policies.

This gave us a chance to look at the state of the licenses the CentOS Project and its contributors put on code and content that originates in the project itself. Examples of this might be spec files for RPM packages, documentation on the wiki, or contributions to the branding of the project itself.

Presenting clear statements about how content and code is going to be licensed is a standard part of any open source project. The introduction of CentOS Stream has just raised the visibility of not having a licensing policy. The Board of Directors feels this policy better serves the needs of contributors and users.

An important purpose of this licensing policy is to provide a Default License--we’ve selected the MIT license--and a clear notice of attribution to the project under the MIT license. This Default License is used when a contribution does not have a license attached or is not destined for a repository that is already licensed, e.g. has a LICENSE file.

Otherwise, contributions are under the license of whatever is covering the rest of the content and code base--when you contribute to a software project repository, you put the contribution under the same license as the rest of the content and code in that repository.

This is also an opportunity to upgrade the version of our wiki license to CC BY-SA 4.0 for anything going forward; it is backward compatible with existing 3.0 content. This is a clean upgrade and improvement for the Project.

The CentOS Board of Directors received advice and drafting from Red Hat Legal in crafting this policy.

Your questions about this policy are welcome; the best place to discuss is the centos-devel mailing list.

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CentOS Blog: CPE Weekly 2020-04-18

2020, április 20 - 15:00


The Community Platform Engineering group is the Red Hat team combining
IT and release engineering from Fedora and CentOS. Check out our
team's info here

GitForge Updates

We are still actively engaging with the Fedora Council and have not
made any further progress with this project. We are focusing on
ensuring we have captured the most granular of requirements before
further engaging with GitLab by rereviewing what we have gathered so
far and requesting more specific technical clarifications on some.
We are also as a team discussing the best way to track the updates on
this project publicly and hope to have something published early next
week. We will send an email to the devel list as soon as we have
agreed and created this.
Thank you for your patience and engagement with us thus far.

Fedora Updates

* Fedora 32 release: RC 1.3 was tested this week
* Go/No-Go meeting happened on Thursday 16th April - decision:No Go

Data Centre Move

* Please note Communishift is now down and is en route to the
datacentre in RDU-CC.
* We have a list of affected services that will be in effect from May
25th - July 1st (est) as part of the full datacentre move. You can
view that list here
* As always, please view our public schedule here for more a more
detailed overview

AAA Replacement

* The team officially kicked off phase two of the project development today.
* They are going to look at applications that currently use the FAS
client to change their codebase to the FASJSON client post production.
* The team are also working on adding a python library to the API so
that this maps to python objects easily.
* They are also working on API endpoints, specifically to be able to
retrieve the open-api specification in JSON format & provide a health
endpoint for monitoring tools.
* Our work is publicly tracked here if you want to find out more


* rpmautospec is available for testing in staging, find more info here

Sustaining Team

* The team are looking at creating a ticket dashboard for tickets and
have reused most the fedora-gather-easyfix code base to work on this

* Some cool stats about tickets from the infra repo here
* Mbbox:
* Review koji-hub CRD PR

Starting to play around with koji-ansible collections for releng work (here).
Automation of the openh264 packages.

CentOS Updates CentOS

* CentOS CI - stable with 0 downtime
* 7.8 QA tree is being tested by CentOS QA folks

CentOS Stream

* The team are working on having Stream be publically consumable in
the coming months, with SIG enablement so watch the devel lists for
more technical updates as and when they are announced!

As always, feedback is welcome, and we will continue to look at ways
to improve the delivery and readability of this weekly report.

Have a great weekend!



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