In community news, the European Cyber Resilience Act will have a massive impact on Open Source projects and Open Source businesses. The intention is to impose mandatory security requirements on everyone delivering/supplying the software. That by itself is a noble goal. However, it is slightly in contrast to what Open Source licenses do. Open Source licenses limit the liability of the author/contributor. Maybe you remember the following sentence from the GPL: THERE IS NO WARRANTY FOR THE PROGRAM, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW.
It is clear that the EU is going to change what is permitted by ‘applicable law.’ There is a lot of speculation going on in the community about what this will mean for Open Source Foundations and individual developers. For sure, it was not written with Open Source actors in mind. You need to dig really deep to find examples that touch on our situation with developing Open Source. For companies like LINBIT, the situation is clear. We are a manufacturer and will need to comply with the new rules. The new rules will surely increase our spending on compliance.
In LINBIT-related events, I’d like to use this opportunity to invite you all to our next event: LINBIT Storage Day on building IaaS platforms with Apache CloudStack, which will take place on October 10th. We are partnering with Ampere and ShapeBlue to provide the open-source community with the knowledge to build next-generation IaaS. Speakers include Giles Siret and Andrija Panić from ShapeBlue, Peter Pouliot and Christian Helmholz from Ampere, and Rene Peinthor and myself from LINBIT.
More information about our Storage Day, including the webinar topics, schedule, and specific times, can be accessed on the Storage Day webpage. If you want to register, please enter your details at the bottom of the page. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.
In the previous newsletter, I announced that LINBIT now provides official DRBD Basics Training. For those who may be interested, we have since released the introduction video to the training on our YouTube channel. By watching, you get a sense of the production quality and delivery. I hope you will agree that it’s a professional and engaging style that we believe will help viewers in their growth.
We also posted a YouTube video titled Simplified Cluster Resource Management with DRBD Reactor. LINBIT Solutions Architect, Ryan Ronnander, presents an overview of why we developed DRBD Reactor and what it can do. Ryan takes some time to explain the available plugins to support various HA tasks. If you watch the video, check out the description for helpful links.
The final content I’d like to share today is a blog post titled Kubernetes at the Edge Using LINBIT SDS for Persistent Storage. In this post, Matt Kereczman demonstrates how the hardware can run at the edge and take up fewer resources than you typically find in a central data centre. Be sure to take a look at the post for a ‘real’ photograph of Matt’s Le Potato cluster and cooling system in his home lab. It’s quite a sight.
In software development news, Drbd-reactor v1.3.0-rc.1 introduces SNMP monitoring for DRBD, which allows drbd-reactor to act as an SNMPd sub-agent. The regular Linux snmpd provides a Linux machine’s usual information and MIBs. With a few lines of configuration in snmpd.conf you map additional monitoring metrics about DRBD into the tree. Take a look here for examples and more details.
We ask everyone with experience in SNMP to review our MIB definition. Please let us know if we missed anything or if you have additional comments. Currently, this is a release candidate, and we are ready to incorporate suggestions.