Release 2017_010 with many security updates

During the last weeks we have prepared a larger update for our Gentoo based VMs. It will include many basic libraries as well as added support for Python 3.5 and 3.6. A detailed list of affected packages and changes can be found as usual in our ChangeLog. Please review the list of updated packages for libraries and tools that may have compiled into your applications. While we have tried to avoid link-level compatibility issues, a small chance remains that applications will not start afterwards due to dynamic linkage problems. Recompiling usually  solves this kind a problem.

As the update is a bit bulky, we opted for a staged roll out during the week. Each VM will get an individual scheduled maintenance slot according to the agreed pre-announcement period. Development and staging VMs will already receive updates during this weekend.

Please feel free to contact our support if you need assistance.

DevOps Sprint — Save the Date: 13th – 15th September

Let’s sprint together! Our traditional Autumn DevOps Sprint is coming up on 13th September – 15th September 2017 and we’d love to meet you in Halle!

Whether you’re interested in improving your applications‘ deployments, hack on DevOps tools, exchange ideas, learn new things: you’re welcome to join us. Sign up on MeetUp and get a chance to meet the Flying Circus Crew as well as people from NixOS, Python, our friends from gocept and other open source communities. 

Support during Ascension and Pentecost 2017

In Germany we have a few further public holidays coming up next time resulting in shorter-than-usual work weeks. Here’s an overview of our support availability. The highlighted days are national holidays and only covered for SLA customers:

  • 2017-05-22 (Monday): regular support
  • 2017-05-23 (Tuesday): regular support
  • 2017-05-24 (Wednesday): regular support
  • 2017-05-25 (Thursday): Ascension: SLA-covered emergency support only
  • 2017-05-26 (Friday): regular support
  • 2017-05-27 (Saturday): SLA-covered emergency support only
  • 2017-05-28 (Sunday): SLA-covered emergency support only
  • 2017-05-29 (Monday): regular support
  • 2017-05-30 (Tuesday): regular support
  • 2017-05-31 (Wednesday): regular support
  • 2017-06-01 (Thursday): regular support
  • 2017-06-02 (Friday): regular support
  • 2017-06-03 (Saturday): SLA-covered emergency support only
  • 2017-06-04 (Sunday): SLA-covered emergency support only
  • 2017-06-05 (Monday) Pentecost: SLA-covered emergency support only
  • 2017-06-06 (Tuesday): regular support

To ensure that all your applications in the Flying Circus are running smoothly we will monitor all regular support during business hours: Monday to Friday , 8-16 CE(S)T and SLA-covered emergency support as usual.

Have a good time, a safely flight – and don’t forget your towel this Thursday!

Self-service User Management

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We have prepared an update to my.flyingcircus.io which allows you to manage the users who have access to your projects, but more on that later.

This comes with some other user interface changes which we briefly introduce here.

First of all, the main focus is a project now – instead of VMs. With a growing amount of VMs my.flyingcircus.io became confusing. The focus on projects allows clearer thinking and gives more insights at a first glance. The dashboard looks like this now:

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my.flyingcircus.io Dashboard

We always had a concept of grouping VMs together into a “security zone” which we also called “resource group”. We came to the conclusion that those terms were confusing and too technical. A “project” is a more useful way of thinking about it.

But back to user management

We start with introducing a new permission (“manager”) which, when assigned, allows one to change users of a project. Managers can add and remove existing users, and assign permissions. As before, users with the login permission can login to all VMs of the respective project. Before you can add a user to a project that user needs to create an account for herself by registering.Screen Shot 2017-04-21 at 14.44.04.png

Our new interface finally gives you the freedom to make changes to your team structure much quicker and independent from our support. Nevertheless: our support is here to help you when needed.

Wie funktionieren Webseiten?

Frauen in die MINT-Berufe – das Thema ist präsent in allen Medien. Wir fangen ganz vorne an und beginnen am 27. April mit dem Girls’ Day. Alexander vom Team Application Operations hat dafür Inhalte zum Thema “Wie funktionieren Webseiten?” zusammengestellt. Es freut uns, dass sich zu unserem ersten Girls’ Day gleich zwei Mädchen angemeldet haben. Es wird ein spannender Tag.

Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung (ausgebucht) gibt es auf den Seiten des Girls’ Day.