LXD Weekly Status #20: Authentication, Conferences & More

Introduction

This week was busy with stable releases. All in all, we released:

We’ve also merged support for external authentication in LXD, through support of macaroon authentication tokens. This will make it possible to integrate LXD with enterprise SSO solutions.

Initial support for SR-IOV devices has also been added. Right now adding support for dynamic allocation of SR-IOV network devices. We will soon follow that with infiniband support too.

On the LXC front, we’re working on improvements to console handling with the first step there being the addition of a ringbuffer to store the console state, allowing to replay part of the screen when attaching.

@brauner and @stgraber are traveling to Prague for the Open Source Summit Europe.

Upcoming conferences and events

  • Open Source Summit Europe (Prague, October 2017)
  • Linux Piter 2017 (St. Petersburg, November 2017)
  • FOSDEM 2018 (Brussels, February 2018)

Ongoing projects

The list below is feature or refactoring work which will span several weeks/months and can’t be tied directly to a single Github issue or pull request.

Upstream changes

The items listed below are highlights of the work which happened upstream over the past week and which will be included in the next release.

LXD

LXC

LXCFS

  • Nothing to report

Distribution work

This section is used to track the work done in downstream Linux distributions to ship the latest LXC, LXD and LXCFS as well as work to get various software to work properly inside containers.

Ubuntu

  • Nothing to report this week as Ubuntu was frozen for the 17.10 release.

Snap

  • The latest stable channel has been updated to LXD 2.18.
  • The 2.0 stable channel has been updated to LXD 2.0.11.
  • LXCFS 2.0.8, LXC 2.2.1 and LXC 2.0.9 have been pushed to the relevant channels too, updating all the snaps to the latest stable releases.

About the author

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Stéphane Graber is the technical lead for LXD at Canonical Ltd. He is the upstream project leader of LXC and LXD and is deeply involved in the container world. Stéphane has been involved with Ubuntu for years and currently sits on the Ubuntu Technical Board and Ubuntu Developer Membership board. He is a member of the Ubuntu Release team as well as an Ubuntu Archive administrator and Ubuntu Stable Release team member. Outside of his work on containers, Stéphane also has very strong networking knowledge as the former maintainer of the Ubuntu networking stack and large scale system administration knowledge from previous jobs. Stéphane is one of the organizers of the Containers mini-summit during the Linux Plumbers Conference, a regular presenter at LinuxCon and has been involved in many other Ubuntu and container specific events and hackfests.

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