First, I’d like to continue the evolving discussion about RedHat’s move to limit its RHEL source code to its paying customers and cut off clones like Alma-Linux and Rocky. The topic has inspired a recent article by John “maddog” Hall. Reading it took me nearly an hour. I like it.
I might have gone with the title A Brief History of Source Code Distribution Practices, similar to that of A Brief History of Time, A Brief History of Humankind, and A Brief History of Tomorrow. Title alterations aside, John reminds us that the move is well within the bounds of the GPL, and that those who do not need RHEL are free to use other distributions. He is not welcoming Freeloaders.
Back to LINBIT updates. The team has taken the time to update our ‘DRBD Reactor & Pacemaker’ content with this excellent side-by-side comparison blog post, along with a new YouTube video that includes the scope of functionality, differences in handling, unique strengths, and a demo.
Another recent blog post shows readers how to deploy a LINSTOR Cluster using Ansible. LINSTOR can be integrated into many different platforms and environments – and we’re always on hand to assist our users with their deployment.
We published another video just over a week ago titled, ‘How to Setup LINSTOR on Proxmox VE.’ As you all know, I’m a huge fan of this kind of content, delivering real value to our users by sharing the team’s knowledge. It’s what open source is all about.
And this brings me nicely to a tech guide we have published: ‘Making Nagios XI Highly Available on RHEL 9 by Using DRBD & Pacemaker.’ I invite all interested readers to access and use our material and join the community Slack channel to contact the team if you require more information.
Last but never least, the software updates. The main update since I last wrote has been drbd-utils v9.25.0, which provides a completely new drbdmon, including a much-improved user experience and feature set.
Another release that made it just in time for the newsletter is LINSTOR Operator v1.10.6, which brings image updates and a couple other minor improvements.
Usually, I do not write about release candidates. However, linstor-server-1.24.0-rc.2 deserves an exception as it includes the following updates:
- A database dump and restore tool that allows you to migrate the LINSTOR database between the different backend technologies, like from etcd to kubernetes-CRDs, or from H2 to PostreSQL. All combinations are supported!
- LINSTOR for Microsoft Windows. Supporting Storage Spaces as storage backend.
- Backup shipping queuing and limits of parallel running shipping jobs.
- Support for running on up to java-17 while requires java-11 at minimum.
Please help test it during the RC phase!