Foreman Community Newsletter - August 2018

Releases for everyone!

We’ve had a lot of releases this month, so I’ll group them all together. We’ve released:

  • Foreman 1.19.0 was released on the very last day of August, featuring support for Ubuntu Bionic, syslog logging, reporting failed builds, and more.
  • 1.17.3 and 1.17.4 bug fix releases. If you are still on 1.17, be sure to upgrade to 1.17.4 before upgrading to 1.18!
  • Katello 3.8 RC 2 & 3 - do give the RC a try and let us know how you find it :)
  • Katello 3.8 appears to be in the release process right now so stay tuned for that!

With the release of 1.19.0, this marks 1.17.X as now unmaintained - 1.17.4 will be the last release in the 1.17 series. Please do upgrade as soon as you can.

As ever, many thanks to the contributors to these releases - coders, RC testers, documentation writers, and bug/feature reporters. Foreman wouldn’t be what it is without you! If you do find issues with, please do [report them!][issues]

Big thanks also to Ondrej, Ewoud, and Tomer for their effort in bringing these releases out at this rate, there’s been a lot of work behind the scenes.

New RFCs for container work

In the survey analysis I posted earlier this year, I called attention to the idea of supporting Foreman being run in a container, and that more would come on this later. That time is now :)

Eric has spent a lot of time working through the implications of this, and has now posted a set of RFCs to the Development board for review. There’s a lot to read here, so it’s broken down into multiple posts. You can get the top-level over on this forum post and then dive into details from there.

I’d recommend for anyone with an interest in the future direction of Foreman to read over these, and give their thoughts on any part of it which interests you. Thanks!

Foreman at FrOSCon

Thanks to the awesome work of Matthias, Bernhard, and the rest of the ATIX team, Foreman had a community presence at FrOSCon at the University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg this year. Whilst I didn’t get to go myself, I heard that it was a great event, lots of traffic to the booth, and good discussions with other collaborators.

You can read all about it on the ATIX blog post! Thanks as always to you all for your support!

Redmine upgrade (continued)

Whilst the Redmine upgrade was completed last month, Ewoud and I have continued to improve it. This month we cleaned up the project hierarchy, moving plugins to their own top-level project, and keeping just “core” projects grouped under Foreman. The main reason for this is so that we can re-enable Version sharing without cluttering the bug tracker.

A consequence of this affect the roles that users have on each project. If you had Developer or Manager roles on a project, then you should refer to this post for instructions on what to check.

Upcoming Events

The Foreman Community has now fully embraced Discourse as the source of its event data - if you’ve been using the old /events/all.ics in your own calendar, you’ll need to head over to the forum calendar and hit the Subscribe button (which will give you an ICS link). You can also use the Add To Calendar button on specific events if you don’t wish to import the whole thing.

Future community demos will now be created much further in advance, so you should be able to keep up with upcoming demos there.

All the usual goodness from the community, rounded up and presented for your viewing pleasure.

Past Events

A short demo, with Docker, dev changes, an analysis of the impact Discourse has had, and some chat about how to improve our docs.

A busy and Katello-centric demo containing lots of new content changes. Also seeding and Bash completion in Hammer!

Plugin news

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!

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