A new year has arrived and hasn't given us much chance to catch our breath.
We have already kicked off the 4.3.0 development cycle, hosted the first Metalnx Working Group, and started to interview for two new C++ developers (if you're interested, please get in touch).
The Python iRODS Client (PRC) 0.7.0 has been released and the ingest tool has matured enough for its first contact with live data.
We have many plugins that need to be put into our continuous integration environment. We're excited to get them released and into our package repositories.
Steady work towards the final 4-1-stable release. No surprises so far.
Focused on a hardening release. If there are specific blockers for anyone, we can release sooner.
We released a feaure-complete beta4 of the Cloud Browser that includes updates for shibboleth, SSL, and the presented permissions model. The final release of 188.8.131.52 may be the last release of Cloud Browser as more work is now being put into Metalnx.
The beta4 is available via Docker Hub and can be deployed much more easily.
Metalnx Working Group
Hosted on January 11, this first meeting worked mostly on governance and process as the Metalnx codebase moves from Dell EMC to the iRODS Consortium. The codebase was updated to BSD-3 License and has been moved to the irods-contrib namespace. The bulk of new work will be done by NIEHS, and this working group will continue to meet monthly to coordinate the process and any decisions that affect the most prominent iRODS GUI going forward. The goal is to keep the GUI as iRODS-centric as possible and provide a white-label, easily installable, usable front-end to an iRODS Zone.
Kickoff for 4.3.0
Held January 22 with around 20 attendees. We explained the RFC process (https://github.com/irods/irods_rfcs) and decided that it is more important for releases to be of high quality than on a regular schedule. We would love to have a release by UGM2018 in June, but since our plugin architecture can now support it, we may focus on demonstrating and training with new plugins rather than getting out a new release.
The focus for 4.3.0 will remain:
Active Development Work
Python Ingest Tool
Landing Zone Package
Tiered Storage Demo/Package
CockroachDB Database Plugin
Ceph RADOS Resource Plugin
Multipart Transfer, v5 API
Ongoing Development Work
Python iRODS Client (PRC)
QueryArrow Database Plugin
Nestle R Client Library
Swagger REST API