Bullhorn #56

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A Newsletter for the Ansible Developer Community Issue #56, 2022-04-29 (Past Issues)

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KEY DATES ⏱️

cybette said

GENERAL NEWS UPDATES 🔈️

andersson007_ contributed

We are happy to announce that Mario Lenz (mariolenz) and Alexei Znamensky (russoz) have joined the Ansible Community Steering Committee - welcome aboard, folks! Thank you for joining us and your great long-term contribution!

gundalow contributed

Process for removing collections from the Ansible Package

Sometimes the Ansible Community may need to remove a collection from the ansible package for stability, legal, or security reasons.

We've recently signed off on that process, which you can review here.

MAJOR NEW RELEASES 🏆️

Ansible ↗ 📦️

The Ansible package includes ansible-core and is a batteries-included package that provides a curated set of Ansible collections. See the Ansible roadmaps for future release plans.

dmsimard said

Ansible 5.7.0 has been released with updates to 19 of the included Ansible collections! Read the announcement or check out the update changelog to learn more about this new version.

Ansible-Core ↗ ⚡️

The ansible-core package contains the base engine and a small subset of modules and plugins. To see what's planned for the next release, look at the ansible-core roadmaps.

cybette shared

ansible-core 2.12.5 and ansible-core 2.11.11 have been released. These are maintenance releases containing numerous bugfixes.

COLLECTION UPDATES 🪄

Sean Sullivan said

redhat_cop.ah_configuration 0.7.0 has been released. Included in this update is addition of management of EE repositories in modules and roles. Also an update to simplify updating and uploading collections.

felixfontein contributed

community.dns 2.1.0 has been released (changelog). The release includes Execution Environment support next to an updated Public Suffix List.

felixfontein shared

community.docker 1.10.8 and 2.4.0 have been released with bugfixes and new features. The 2.4.0 release declares dependencies for Execution Environments for most of its content.

hunleyd contributed

The community.postgresql collection has released 1.7.3 and 2.1.4 to fully deprecate Ansible 2.9/2.10. Thanks to our newest contributor jchancojr and everyone else involved!

Gomathi Selvi contributed

The following network collections (major releases) got released earlier today.

ansible.netcommon 3.0.0 ansible.utils 2.6.1 arista.eos 5.0.0 vyos.vyos 3.0.0 cisco.ios 3.0.0

felixfontein shared

community.general 4.8.0 has been released (changelog). This is the last 4.x.0 minor release, from now on there will only be bugfix releases (4.8.x) for major version 4. Version 5.0.0 is scheduled for May 17th, with probably an alpha release being made this week.

rsicart shared

community.mysql 3.1.3 has been released.

HELP WANTED 🙏

samccann said

Revamping the Ansible Getting Started Guide

We will be rewriting this guide in the coming months and are looking for your feedback on where the stumbling blocks are for new users to Ansible. Add your comments/ideas/feedback to https://github.com/ansible/ansible/issues/77681 and thanks for your help!

PROPOSALS - DISCUSS AND VOTE! 🗳️

gundalow shared

Removal of broken collection community.kubevirt from Ansible 6

community.kubevirt depends on community.kubernetes < 2.0.0. Since Ansible 5, community.kubernetes 2.x.y is included, which effectively breaks the community.kubevirt collection. There has been some initial work (here and here) on making community.kubevirt work with community.kubernetes >= 2.0.0 resp. kubernetes.core >= 2.0.0 work, but that work was never completed.

As it stands we will be moving community.kubevirt from Ansible 6.

Feedback welcome via community-topics#92

gundalow contributed

Schedule community.kubernetes for removal in Ansible 6 or Ansible 7

community.kubernetes 2.0.0 is mostly empty, it contains deprecated redirects to kubernetes.core. We announced in Ansible 4.2 (changelog fragment) that community.kubernetes will be removed eventually from Ansible, but we did not provide an explicit version cut-off. (See ansible-community/community-topics#22 for the general discussion.)

We have three possible ways forward which we need your feedback on:

1) Remove community.kubernetes from Ansible 6. 2) Announce removal of community.kubernetes from Ansible 7 in Ansible 6.0.0. 3) Do not remove, or announce removal, of community.kubernetes from ansible for now. (ie, no change.)

Please provide your feedback via community-topics#93

gundalow said

Generic sanity check for all collections

As https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/issues/114 showed we should really check the existing collections included in the Ansible package. Some ideas:

  1. Set up some nightly CI that runs some basic sanity checks (like ansible-test sanity --docker -v) on all collections. Let's specify one or two of the stable branches for that.
  2. Give all collections that fail this some time to fix it. If they don't, say, in two months, let's deprecate them with planned removal from Ansible 7. (Doing this for Ansible 6 is too close IMO.)
  3. From then on, warn in advance once new stable branches are added to this CI (and remove old ones so that at most 1-2 of them are active at the same time), with the same rules: if a collection fails CI and doesn't fix it in a certain amount of time (with a new release), they will be deprecated and removed in the next major version of Ansible.

What do you think?

Let us know via community-topics#96

gundalow contributed

Challenges with reviewing collections to be included in the Ansible Package

Before new collections can be included in the ansible package they have to go through a detailed review via the Collection checklist that reflects the Community collection requirements. This exists to ensure we maintain a high bar of quality.

We currently have two major challenges:

  • Lack of reviews, therefore, the submitted collection can't get into the package.
  • A large, and ever growing inclusion backlog: incoming rate is faster than reviews take place.

We are collecting ideas via community-topics#97

COMMUNITY UPDATES 👂️

cybette shared

Ansible Contributor Survey

Feedback is really important to us so we can keep on improving the Contributor Experience for our wonderful Ansible Community. Please take a few minutes to fill in the Contributor Survey that we have put together!

Maintainers ↗ 🪜

Maintainers help to run the community!

samccann contributed

Collection owners - Edit on GitHub is back! Add docs/docsite/links.yml to your collection to enable it. See https://github.com/ansible-collections/collection_template/blob/main/docs/docsite/links.yml for structure and details.

THAT'S ALL FOR NOW!

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