Fedora Atomic 24 is now available
Posted: 2016-07-16T16:32:26+05:30

Just in case you missed the news, Adam Miller already announced the availability of Fedora Atomic release based on Fedora 24. You can get it from the usual place. Dusty already uploaded the same into Atlas for Vagrant. You can try it out by the following.

    $ vagrant init fedora/24-atomic-host; vagrant up

As Adam mentioned in his mail, we are sorry for the delay, but we will keep improving the process. Thank you everyone for helping us with this release.

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Fedora mirror at home with improved hardware
Posted: 2016-07-14T11:03:53+05:30

It was always a dream to have a fully functional Fedora mirror in the local network which I can use. I tried many times before, mostly with copying rpms from office, carrying them around in hard drive, etc. But never managed to setup a working mirror which will just work (even though setting it up was not that difficult). My house currently has 3 different network (from 3 different providers) and at any point of time 1 of them stays down 😔

Hardware

If you remember my post on home storage, I was using Banana Pi(s). They are still very nice, and Fedora runs on them properly, but they were not very powerful, things like rsync was crawling on them. This PyCon, I received Minnowboard Turbot from John Hawley(Thanks a lot once again). It took time to get them setup (as I don’t have a monitor with HDMI, I had to steal the TV from the front room), they are finally up in my own production environment. Installation of Fedora was super easy, just used the latest Fedora 24 from a live USB stick, and I was ready to go.

In the picture above you can see two of those running, you can also see a Banana Pi in the back.

Syncing up the mirror

Now for my work, I mostly need x86_64, and nothing else (I update my ARM boards, but not regularly). So following the tips in #fedora-noc channel from smooge, and puiterwijk, and some tips from this wiki page, I started rsyncing the 24GA. This was around 55GB, and took me some days to get it in. Mean while Chandan helped me by syncing the updates repo. Right now I have a cron job which syncs the update repo every night.

Remember to add the following your Apache virtualhost configuration

  AddType application/octet-stream .iso
  AddType application/octet-stream .rpm

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Event report: Fedora 24 release party Pune
Posted: 2016-07-12T13:20:07+05:30

Last Saturday we had the Fedora 24 release party in Pune. This was actually done along with our regular Fedora meetup, and in the same location. We had a few new faces this time. But most of the regular attendees attended the meetup.

Chandan Kumar started the day with a presentation about new features in Fedora 24. We tried to see a few those in our laptops. During the discussions Parag , and Siddhesh pointed how important is self learning for us. Siddhesh also talked about a few project ideas on Glibc. In one of the previous meet, many of the attendees sent PR to the Fedora Autocloud testcases. We talked about those for few minutes. From yesterday, I am actually merging them in master.

As a group we decided to work on to make a modern version of glibc documentation. There is no git repo yet, but I will provide the links when we have something to show. As a group our goal is to do more upstream contribution. One thing I noticed that most of the attendees were dgplug summer training participants.

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Thank you Patrick
Posted: 2016-07-08T02:01:23+05:30

Patrick

This post is say thank you to Patrick Uiterwijk, who is part of Fedora Infrastructure sysadmin team (along with nirik, and smooge). He is one of our silent warrior who keeps the Fedora Infrastructure running. Many may not heard about him, unless you came down to any of our admin or development IRC channels, and asked for help. I personally ask him for help in many different areas, starting for basic sysadmin questions, to complex deployment issues, to programming ideas. He is one of the hackers I know who can code in assembly to the web frontend as required. He is our main force behind Fedora Infrastructure Cloud, and spam fighting :) He is also our new Fedora Infrastructure Security Officer. If any of our new and young contributor thinks that she/he is too young to do things, you may want to look at Patrick’s work. He started contributing back in 2012, and he is right now 24 :)

So, thank you once again for all the help.

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Event report: Fedora Cloud FAD 2016
Posted: 2016-07-06T18:19:19+05:30

Around a month back the Fedora Cloud Working Group met in Raleigh for two days for Cloud FAD. The goal of the meet was to agree about the future we want, to go through major action items for the coming releases. I reached Raleigh one day before, Adam Miller was my room mate for this trip. Managed to meet Spot after a long time, this was my first visit to mothership :) I also managed to meet my new teammate Randy Barlow.

Adam took the lead in the event, we first went through the topics from the FAD wiki page. Then arranged them as in the order we wanted to discuss.

Documentation was the first item. Everyone in the room agreed that it is the most important part of the project, we communicate with our users using the documentation. If a project can provide better documentation with clear examples, it will be able to attract more users to itself. Last year I have started a repo to have documents available in the faster manner, but that did not work out well. Jared volunteered, and also suggested to have an open repo where people can submit documents without worrying much about format. He will help to convert to the right format as required. We also noted few important examples/documents we want to see. Feel free to write about any of these and submit a pull request to the repo.

Automated testing was the next import point. We went through the current state of tests in Autocloud project. Most of our tests there came from various bugs filed against the images/tools. Dusty was very efficient in creating the corresponding issues on github from the RH bugzilla, which then in turn was converted into proper Python3 unittest based test case by the volunteers. Next we moved to the automated testing of layered image builds. Tflink provided valuable input on this discussion. We talked SPC(s), how the maintainers of the images will be responsible for the tests. For the tests related to the Cloud/Atomic images, the Cloud Working Group will be responsible.

There were few super long discussions related Fedora, Atomic, and Openshift projects. Many members from the Openshift development team also joined in the discussion. Results of these discussions will be seen in the mailing lists (a lot of content for this blog post). We also discussed about Vagrant, and related tools people are using or creating. With help from Randy, I managed to package vagrant-digitalocean plugin during the FAD. There will be a Fedora magazine post with more details on the same.

We also agreed upon having monthly updated base images. We still have to find out a few missing points related to the same so that we can have a smooth updated release.

Public cloud provider outreach was one of the last points we discussed. We have to pick different providers one by one, and have to make sure that we can provide updated releases to them for the consumption the users. The point of more documentation came up in this discussion too.

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Summer training 2016 is on
Posted: 2016-07-06T09:18:50+05:30

The 9th edition of dgplug summer training started few weeks back. This year in the IRC channel (#dgplug on freenode) we saw around 186+ nicks participating in the sessions. Till now we have went through communication guidelines, IRC, mailing list how to, a text editor ( Vim in this case), blogging, basic bash commands, a few more bit advanced bash commands. We also learned about reStructured Text, and Sphinx. We also managed to live demos to all students from the mentor’s terminal.

Even though most of the participants are new to Linux, we can see a better quality of questions coming from them, better point is that most of them are not afraid about asking questions. Which is a very good sign to see in the training. Few days back Trishna Guha took the first guest session of this year, she talked about her experience in the summer training last year, and how she has become an upstream contributor. If you read the logs, then you can see people asked all shorts of questions to her.

We also have a feed aggregator up where you can read the blog posts of the participants. I still have to add a few more blogs to this as many sent in the feed URLs much later.

If you are an upstream contributor, and you want to encourage this group of new participants, please drop me a note. We would love to see more upstream folks talking to these new/upcoming contributors. The sessions run on IRC, it can be in a time when you are available. So just ping me if you are interested to take a session :)

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