Meeting notes for March 4th, 2021

Below are the meeting notes for this week's Community Meeting, a text-based meeting held weekly in #community-meetings on our community slack, which you can join:

This week’s releases

Chef Automate

benny Vasquez shared

Chef Automate also got a new version release (20210219171521). Some nice UI updates as well as a few bug fixes:

Chef Infra Server

benny Vasquez shared

Last week we promoted Chef Infra Server 14.1.0. This release includes a large number of component updates to patch important CVEs. It also updated Ruby, Java, OpenSSL, and Nokogiri. Check out the notes here:

Chef Workstation

benny Vasquez shared

Chef Workstation 21.2.303 also got promoted last week, with a ton of improvements in usability, Inspec and Test Kitchen updates, and now comes in a smaller package:

Other releases

tas50 shared

Test Kitchen 2.11 now supports policyfiles with the chef-cli gem so you can use Test Kitchen with policyfiles in CI pipelines where you need to install everything with bundler

kitchen-dokken 2.12.1 includes more work from @jaymzh to support using Docker Registries other than DockerHub which is great for anyone hitting those pull limits that DockerHub is enforcing now


Chef Habitat

mwrockx shared

Hello from habitat! There a few noteworthy things we are working on:

  • We will be deploying a new release of the hab cli and supervisor which includes a few minor bug fixes and some dependency bumps.

  • We are beginning to look at some enhancements to Notification features in the builder service

  • We are kicking off a revamped effort to refresh core-plans

Chef Infra Client

tas50 shared

Here's Chef Infra Client for the week:

  • Continued work on the Ruby 3 upgade

  • We now have a fully working M1 mac build pipeline in our Buildkite infra. Thanks for all the hard work there @jsnapp @tduffield @mparadise

  • Our first M1 build happened last night. It actually built, which was a surprise to me, but it did expose some FFI issues. This is all expected and we will continue working on M1 support

  • Splitting the knife functionality out of chef-client packages and into a knife gem is getting closer to being done. This is going to be a big win for package size and security:

  • We're digging in further in win32-certstore land as we work to store the client.pem file in the Windows Certificate store. This will also result in some nice improvements to the windows_certificate resource

Chef Infra Server

tas50 shared

  • The team shipped Infra Server 14.1 like @benny (she/her) . There's a ton of component upgrades there so make sure to check it out.
  • We're actively working on mtls support and upgrades to Postgesql, Elasticsearch, and Rails. Lots of PR updates being made every day

The final thing to mention on the Infra Server side is a bit of news on how we're shifting development there. If you've been in the community long enough you know we move pretty slow with Infra Server. The level of caution with server releases is incredibly high because regression there are hugely impacting to users. We did about 2 releases a year for while due to the manual validation involved. The Infra Server and releng teams have done a ton of work to automate that validation and this is shifting our release strategy. Instead of large waterfall releases we're going to be releasing as features become available so expect releases as pg, es, and rails updates are feature complete. The goal here is small updates and quick CVE patches. If you want to see the longer explanation of this:

Sous Chefs

ramereth shared

Hello from Sous Chefs! Here's the list of new releases in the past week:

  • apache2 - 8.9.1: Fix url in README
  • docker - 7.7.0: Add buildargs property to docker_image resource
  • fail2ban - 6.3.2: Fix jail template to not set port or logpath if not defined in the resource
  • motd-tail - 5.2.0: Sous Chefs Adoption
  • nginx - 11.3.1: Fixup the default site template and update nginx_site doc to match
  • nginx - 11.4.0: Refactor ResourceHelpers library to inherit properties from the calling resource / Allow for inclusion of arbitrary template helper modules
  • nscd - 5.2.0: Sous Chefs Adoption
  • openssh - 2.9.0: Sous Chefs Adoption
  • powershell - 6.2.1: Update powershell5 recipe to log warning that 5.1 is preinstalled on windows server 2016+
  • resolver - 3.0.3: Fix blog link for wrapper cookbooks
  • resolver - 3.0.4: Fixed typo in the CacheFromLocalhost parameter in the systemd-resolved template
  • sql_server - 6.2.0: Sous Chefs Adoption and other various fixes
  • yum-fedora - 3.1.0: Sous Chefs adoption
  • yum-ius - 3.2.0: Sous Chefs adoption

Cinc Updates

ramereth shared

Hello from the Cinc Project!

Cinc Workstation:

  • 21.2.303 released via unstable channel

  • We finally have a beta Windows build! Latest build here

  • You can see progress on this via this and this

  • We're going to be removing the Chef Workstation App from our build due to multiple word mark issues. This also resolves some build issues we were having on Windows.

  • Ruby wrappers for chef named binaries (similar to what we're using in client) are also a part of this build

  • We're going to be replacing the hab CLI with bio soon as well

I'm excited to be getting closer to having a stable build of workstation that is word mark free!

Cinc Server:

  • Working on resolving some build failures for releasing 14.1.0
  • Hope to have a build out within the next few days or at least within a week

We have started having a public triage zoom meetings bi-weekly that everyone is welcome to join. Our next public triage will be on March 10 at 11AM PST. I'll send a meeting link in the #community-distros channel when the meeting starts.

See you next week!

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