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Highlights of the week

Infrastructure & Release Engineering

Goal of this Initiative

Purpose of this team is to take care of day to day business regarding CentOS and Fedora Infrastructure and Fedora release engineering work.
It’s responsible for services running in Fedora and CentOS infrastructure and preparing things for the new Fedora release (mirrors, mass branching, new namespaces etc.).
The ARC (which is a subset of the team) investigates possible initiatives that CPE might take on.
Link to planning board


Fedora Infra

CentOS Infra including CentOS CI

  • Duffy deployment tests (for CI)
  • BAU (new tags, mirrors requests)

Release Engineering

  • Finally fixed rawhide compose breakage (look for a blog from Kevin about it, it was a fun one!)
  • Waiting for RC requests
  • Fedora 36 and 37 openh264 binaries are uploaded to Cisco CDN

CentOS Stream

Goal of this Initiative

This initiative is working on CentOS Stream/Emerging RHEL to make this new distribution a reality. The goal of this initiative is to prepare the ecosystem for the new CentOS Stream.


CentOS Duffy CI

Goal of this Initiative

Duffy is a system within CentOS CI Infra which allows tenants to provision and access bare metal resources of multiple architectures for the purposes of CI testing.
We need to add the ability to checkout VMs in CentOS CI in Duffy. We have OpenNebula hypervisor available, and have started developing playbooks which can be used to create VMs using the OpenNebula API, but due to the current state of how Duffy is deployed, we are blocked with new dev work to add the VM checkout functionality.


  • Deployment preparation and tests
    • Test Ansible role and extend/fix
    • Implement and test (de)provisioning playbooks with bare metal nodes
    • Work on support for single node (de)provisioning playbooks

Package Automation (Packit Service)

Goal of this initiative

Automate RPM packaging of infra apps/packages.


  • Board created here
  • First tasks are to create lists of all viable applications, we’ll then cross-reference this with our critical-path list for our starting points

Flask-oidc: oauth2client replacement

Goal of this initiative

Flask-oidc is a library used across the Fedora infrastructure and is the client for ipsilon for its authentication. flask-oidc uses oauth2client. This library is now deprecated and no longer maintained. This will need to be replaced with authlib.


  • Working on getting flask-oidc dependency update python-authlib 1.0.1 into rawhide and f36.
  • Refactoring Flask-OIDC after finding a deprecation in itsdangerous
  • Looking at testing in staging later this week


Goal of this initiative

Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (or EPEL) is a Fedora Special Interest Group that creates, maintains, and manages a high quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Scientific Linux (SL), Oracle Linux (OL).

EPEL packages are usually based on their Fedora counterparts and will never conflict with or replace packages in the base Enterprise Linux distributions. EPEL uses much of the same infrastructure as Fedora, including buildsystem, bugzilla instance, updates manager, mirror manager and more.


  • EPEL9 up to 2371 source packages (increase of 93 from last week)
    Now has more source packages than CentOS Stream 9
  • EPEL Steering Committee approved an incompatible upgrade of ImageMagick in epel8 (soname bump) in order to resolve 82 CVEs

Kindest regards,
CPE Team