Foreman Community Newsletter - August 2017

Another month, another newsletter. Time is a crazy thing :)

Foreman 1.16 branched

After a longer-than-normal wait, the Foreman 1.16 branching has now happened, and RCs will be forthcoming shortly. As always, we appreciate your help testing these once they are available.

For those interested, Daniel has written up the details on while the RCs were delayed in an excellent post to the dev list - you can read all about it here

Foreman 1.15.3 released

1.15.3 was released on Aug 10th, containing fixes for over 25 issues. That’s a ton of goodness, so you’ll want to get upgrading! As always, the details are available on the announce list and as always you can report any future bugs on the issue tracker. Thanks as always to the community for finding, reporting, and fixing these issues!

Katello 3.4.4 & 3.4.5 released

The Katello team released 3.4.4 on Aug 2nd, and 3.4.5 on Aug 30th, containing a large number of bug fixes for both small UI issues, user issues found while using 3.4.3 and developer found issues that was felt to bring more stability to users. Please do log any issues - as always your contributions are valuable!

New Plugin policy

We recently took some time to discuss our policy for “official” plugins - that is, plugins which are hosted under the “theforeman” organisation on GitHub. You can read the prior discussion here and the resulting policy here.

One main outcome of this discussion was to ask plugin authors to add a second maintainer to the Rubygem, so that the community can help continue maintaining the plugin should original authors move on. If your plugin has only one author, please consider doing this yourself.

Upcoming Events

  • Community Demo - 14th September (URL to be announced)

Time again for the latest roundup of action from the community, covering core, proxies, plugins, and more. As always, you’re welcome to participate in the show, either via YouTube Live chat, or via our IRC channel (

Community Demos / Deep Dives

In this demo we covered some minor changes on the code, and then spent a significant amount of time on discussing proposals for a new template auditing feature from Shim. Your thoughts on this are very welcome in the comments or on the mailing list!

After we went over through most pages of Foreman and its plugins, we would like to concentrate on more complex changes that requires a design or a discussion involving all interested parties. We’d like to incrementally discuss progress from both current design and implementation perspective as well as generic usability questions that pop up. This time we’ll focus on various provisioning flows, look at first draft and discuss further steps. Demos will be recorded and streamed live so anyone from community can participate.

(All Foreman events are now available via the Foreman Calendar)

New / Updated plugins

New plugins: have released a new plugin aimed at managing snapshots of machines on VMware vSphere. This was actually released in July, but the RPM packaging is now done, so you can find it in our plugin repo. For more details, see the announcement on the dev mailing list.

In addition, the exisitng foreman_monitoring plugin has now been added to the DEB repos as well as the RPM repos - Debian users, rejoice!

Updated plugins:


Thanks to everyone who contributes to the Foreman community - patches, plugins, testing, bug reports, translations, interviews, presentations, meetups and everything else. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Comments from the community:

Foreman 3.10.0 has been released! Follow the quick start to install it.

Foreman 3.9.3 has been released! Follow the quick start to install it.