Month: April 2019

CentOS Pulse Newsletter, April 2019 (#1904)

CentOS Pulse Newsletter, April 2019 (#1904)

Dear CentOS enthusiast,

Another month into 2019, and we have a lot to tell you about.


CentOS turns 15 this month!

We’ve been talking with some of the people who have been around since the beginning, and a few that joined us a little later on. And we’ll be doing more of these interviews in the coming weeks and months. Here’s a few of the interviews about how things have changed over the years.

Greg Kurtzer, who originally founded the project, talks about those early days.

Mike McLean talks a little about the transition over the years after that, and about CentOS joining the Red Hat family.

Brian Stinson talks about his responsibilities in the CentOS infrastructure and CI.

Manuel “Wolfy” Wolfshant talks about the path for someone to get involved in the project by jumping in and doing things that you see need doing.

If you would like to talk about your involvement in CentOS, please get in touch with Rich at  You don’t need to be one of the founders – just to have something interesting to say about your involvement, past, present, and future.

Releases and updates

While not as busy as February, we had a number of significant updates released in March.

Errata and Enhancements Advisories

We issued the following CEEA (CentOS Errata and Enhancements Advisories) during March:

Errata and Security Advisories

We issued the following CESA (CentOS Errata and Security Advisories) during March:

Errata and Bugfix Advisories

We issued the following CEBA (CentOS Errata and Bugfix Advisories) during March:

SIG Updates

SIGs – Special Interest Groups – are where people work on the stuff that runs on top of CentOS. We have recently started having SIGs report quarterly, so we have just a few of them each month, getting through the entire list every 3 months.

Software Collections SIG

The Software Collections SIG reports a slow quarter, which is expected. Red Hat collections, from which this SIG builds, are released twice a year. This naturally leads to every other quarter being fairly silent.

Platform as a Service SIG

The PaaS SIG also reports a slow quarter. The main citizen of this SIG, OpenShift, is moving many of their components to containers, leaving less for the SIG to do.

However, there are some potential projects coming up. And, as always, there’s lots of room for new contributors to come in and work on areas that interest them. Please do show up on the mailing list, or the IRC channel, to discuss what you’d like to work on.


In two weeks, we’ll be running a CentOS Dojo at Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL), where we’ll be featuring talks focused on the kind of scientific research computing that goes on there. You can see the schedule of speakers and sessions on the event website.

However, we have sold out all of the space at this event, and so registration is now closed.

At the end of the month, CentOS will be at the Open Infrastructure Summit (formerly known as OpenStack Summit), in Denver, in the community pod of the Red Hat booth. Come see us!

And we’re ramping up towards Red Hat Summit, where we will be in the Community Central portion of the expo hall! This is one of our biggest events of the year, and we’d love to see you there, in Boston!

And, coming up, we’re planning to run a CentOS Dojo in Boston, on the day before DevConf.US. The call for presentations is open, and we want to hear from you! Talks about anything you’re doing in, on, or around CentOS is fair game. Submit your talks HERE.

Contributing to CentOS Pulse

We are always on the look-out for people who are interested in helping to:

  • report on CentOS community activity
  • provide a report from the SIG on which you participate
  • maintain a (sub-)section of the newsletter
  • write an article on an interesting person or topic
  • provide the hint, tip or trick of the month

Please see the page with further information about contributing. You can also contact the Promotion SIG, or just email Rich directly ( with ideas or articles that you’d like to see in the next newsletter.


West College Scotland: Managing Computers for 20,000 Students

In his role as a solutions administrator at West College Scotland, Chris Parker and his IT team take care of 5,000 PCs and 300 Mac® computers on a total of three campuses with 1,700 employees. Together, those three locations cater to some 20,000 students. The computer environment at West College is typical of what you find in many other educational institutions and enterprises. For the most part, the large number of PC clients are used for office applications, project management, and development tools. The Mac devices are used for graphic-design courses, related graphics software, and by evening school students in their private homes.

With computers used in both administration and lecturing, downtime cannot occur. Prudent IT management is required to make sure all systems are up and running with current patches, and that all students have their required software available. Parker and his admin team had Microsoft SCCM in place as a consistent management tool for the institution’s clients. But SCCM could not meet all requirements when it came to fully integrating the college’s Mac computers into the device administration.

Parallels® Mac Management for Microsoft® SCCM brought all the tools to the West College Scotland IT team needed to extend control to the Mac computers at various locations. With the Parallels Mac Management plug-in, Parker and his co-workers have come to enjoy the ideal situation of being able to complement the existing client management solution with dearly needed functionality for Mac clients. “My superior greatly emphasized that for a solution to be considered it should integrate into SCCM by all means—and Parallels met not only that requirement but all the others just perfectly,” Parker explains.

Read the complete case study to learn how West College Scotland gained control over their IT environment.

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Lyft just had a lousy day but that’s its own problem, not the stock market’s

Lyft may have launched with a frothy stock price in a not so frothy stock market. The ride share company’s freshly minted stock, after an initial surge, fell below its offer price on its second day of trading Monday, a warning that other hyped unicorns may have to be more conservative about their price in the initial public offering market. Lyft fell 11.9 percent Monday, ending the day at $69. On Friday, it closed 8.7 percent above its $72 offer price on its first day of trading, but that was well below its opening surge of 20 percent earlier that

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Factories rush to stockpile for Brexit

. . UK factories stockpiled goods for Brexit at an unexpectedly high rate last month, boosting manufacturing growth to a 13-month high, according to a closely watched survey. The research, by IHS Markit/CIPS, found that the rate of increase in stocks hit a survey record high for the third month in a row. The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the manufacturing sector rose to 55.1 in March, from 52.1 in February. A figure above 50 indicates expansion. The PMI has remained above that benchmark for 32 months in a row. However, Rob Dobson, director at IHS Markit, warned that the

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Saudi Arabia ‘hacked Amazon boss’s phone’, says investigator

. Reuters . Mr Bezos’ text messages to his lover were published by the National Enquirer An investigator for Amazon boss Jeff Bezos says that Saudi Arabia hacked Mr Bezos’s phone and accessed his data. Gavin de Becker was hired by Mr Bezos to find out how his private messages had been leaked to the National Enquirer tabloid. Mr de Becker linked the hack to the Washington Post’s coverage of the murder of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has not yet commented on the allegation. Mr Bezos owns the Washington Post. Mr de

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Gambling industry warned over fixed-odds stake cut

. Reuters The Gambling Commission has written to bookmakers to remind them of their responsibilities in ensuring consumers are protected.  On Monday, the maximum stake that can be played on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) is being cut from £100 to £2. These machines have been described as the crack cocaine of gambling. The new rules are meant to  cut the risk of players losing large amounts of money in a short space of time. Ahead of the implementation, Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur has repeated to bookmakers the regulator’s expectations about how the changes should be managed.  “We have been

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Debenhams secures £200m lifeline with lenders

. PA Struggling department store chain Debenhams has agreed a £200m refinancing lifeline with lenders. It said the deal “provides reassurance for Debenhams’ employees, pension holders, suppliers, lenders and other stakeholders”. Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has been has been trying to seize control of Debenhams and install Mr Ashley as chief executive. The refinancing deal leaves the door open for Sports Direct to make a bid.

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Grieving families ‘charged high funeral prices’

. . Some funeral directors find it easy to charge grieving families higher prices, the UK’s competition watchdog has said ahead of an in-depth investigation. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has announced it will conduct a full inquiry into the funerals sector. The essential costs of a funeral have increased by 6% each year for the past 14 years, it said. Families struggled to find clear prices and details of services online, and were unable to shop around. As it was such a difficult time, it was hard for grieving relatives to search out a range of options, the

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Aluminium firm cyber-attack cost at least £25.6m

. . . Employees were told not to connect to the company network by notices on the doors of Hydro’s offices A cyber-attack on a Norwegian aluminium company has cost it at least 300 million Norwegian kroner (£25.6m). Hydro, which employs 35,000 people in 40 countries, was hit by malware last week. The company said it was slowly bringing affected systems back online but the “preliminary” cost of the incident had been about 300-350 million kroner. Most of those losses had been in its Extruded Solutions division, which makes doors and windows, Hydro said. Business impact Overall production in this

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#CentOS15 – Manuel “Wolfy” Wolfshant

For our next #CentOS15 profile, I spoke with Manuel “Wolfy” Wolfshant, who has been an active member of our community since the very beginning, shortly after we started working with the WhiteBox Linux community.

(You can see some of the other #CentOS15 interviews on YouTube.)

When Red Hat moved the business model from selling CDs to selling support, his company had a need to provide a Linux desktop operating system, and packages for it.

Wolfy says that his eye was caught by a news article about Johnny Hughes and the Mayor of Tuttle, Oklahoma, Jerry Taylor.

If you weren’t around back then, I’ll recap. Due to a failed server upgrade, the Mayor of Tuttle woke to find the generic Apache httpd welcome page, and the CentOS logo, on his city’s website. He promptly emailed the CentOS project, threatening to turn them over to the FBI if they didn’t undo their malicious hack of the site.

Johnny, being Johnny, responded calmly and respectfully, encouraging the Mayor to contact his IT department, and pointing him to resources to help get his site running again. Given this response, Mr. Taylor
got even angrier, and the conversation went downhill from there. But Johnny remained calm, polite, and professional, and helped guide the city IT department to a solution.

You can read more in the article from the Register at the time.

Impressed with Johnny’s calm and helpful response, Wolfy went with CentOS, and has been a happy user for many years since that time.

His involvement in the project began with packaging drivers that were needed for machines in the office. It swiftly moved to other areas, including user support, translation, and starting the very active Romanian Linux user group, RLUG, which remains active today.

Over the years, he has worked on the release notes (for a time providing them in Romanian), packaging for Fedora, and the creation and maintenance of the minimal install kickstart during the CentOS 6 days.

He remains active in the IRC channel, on the mailing lists, and in the CentOS Forum, helping new users (and some experienced ones!) navigate their problems with the CentOS operating system. You can find him #centos-devel channel on Freenode IRC under the name ‘wolfy’, and on the centos-devel mailing list, answering user questions.