Foreman Community Newsletter - November 2017


Important news for mailing list users! Also releases, demos, and all that goodness!

Migrating from Google Groups

Last month Greg made a proposal to migrate away from the Google Groups mailing list to a dedicated Foreman community forum. You can read more about his reasoning here, or watch the AMA.

The debate is not closed yet, so please do join in, either on the list thread above, or on the migration poll if you have views on this. At this time, the likely outcome is that we will move to Discourse in the near future, so watch out for more announcements about that in the coming weeks.

Foreman 1.16 released

Foreman 1.16 was released today! This version took longer than usual but it was worth the wait. There are a lot of improvements including adding puppet 5 support, VMware changes, role locking for plugin and more. Go check out the full list on the announce list. As always bugs can be reported on issue tracker and we appreciate getting reports and of course fixes!

Katello 3.5 RC2

Katello 3.5 released RC2 on Nov 9th, see the post for details. The final version will be released very soon so watch out for announcements! As always, we’d love your feedback, so do report any issues you find to the Katello bug tracker!

Community lead

Greg, our community lead, will be taking time off for the next 5 months. He’s still around on irc and the mailing lists but not as active as usual. Until the beginning of May please feel free to contact Ori Rabin, orabin on irc.

New Sponsors

Fastly, our new sponsor has provided us with a new CDN for the website.

Also, new jenkins slaves from NETWAYS, thanks for that!

Upcoming Events

  • Community Demo - 7th December (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8XnAKfG9xY)

Time again for the latest round-up 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 (Freenode/#theforeman).

  • UX review - breadcrumbs and item switcher - 5th December (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fX_kjPlzVw) The change to vertical navigation made two-pane a little less comfortable because the space to edit became smaller. Additionally, some users reported confusion around navigation context as well as inconsistencies in regards to two-pane navigation. This review will focus on the addition of breadcrumbs that would improve navigation compared to two pane. We’d be glad to get feedback on this proposed change.

Community Demos / Deep Dives

We had a busy demo with changes all around - the installer, smart proxies, UI. This included two introduction to new proposals - Foreman telemetry proposal and Discourse.

On this video, our community lead, Greg, hosted an Ask Me Anything about Discourse, why we need it, what the feature set is, how to get started with it, and of course a full discussion of concerns.

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

Plugin news

Updated plugins:

Acknowledgements

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!

You can follow us on Twitter: @ForemanProject. If you tweet about Foreman, please use the hashtag #theforeman so we can see it!
We also have a Google+ group which you can join for updates & discussion.

Foreman 1.16.0 is now available, featuring Puppet 5 support, Netgroup LDAP authentication, a more performant Host API, VMWare SCSI controllers with per -disc configuration and many other enhancements. Read all about the changes in the release notes, and follow the quick start to install it.

A new bug fix release for Foreman 1.15 is available. See the Foreman 1.15.6 release notes for more details.