The Bullhorn #121

This week in Ansible Community

Issue #121, 2023-11-06 (Past Issues)

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KEY DATES :stopwatch:

cybette contributed


Gwmngilfen contributed

Forum update - 1000 users!

Just a quick data update for you - as we reach 6 weeks of having the forum, we just crossed the 1000 user line! That is amazing growth in such a short time, and I’m grateful to you all for your participation.

If you haven’t signed up yet, come join the community at!

Oranod shared

The Ansible ecosystem docsite is here!

At the end of last year the Ansible community team at Red Hat set up an ecosystem page that lists projects that help you expand automation to lots of different use cases. The idea was to create a central landing page with clear entry points to project documentation. Now, nearly a full year later, we’re taking things a step further by creating a full documentation site for cross-project content.

At the moment the ecosystem docsite has the current list of ecosystem projects and the Getting Started with Execution Environments guide. Note that we are planning to redirect the ecosystem page on “” because we don’t need redundant pages.

But what’s next, you ask? Let’s document all the things.

We really want to start adding to the ecosystem docsite and there are some exciting ideas for content floating around. We’ve got our fingers crossed to have new cross-project docs available soon. But we know there are a lot of other great ideas that we probably haven’t even considered. So let us know what you think!

If you have ideas for cross-project How-To guides or tutorials, get in touch on the forum or create an issue in the ecosystem-documentation repository. Better yet, submit a pull request with some content!

Oranod shared

Please note that we’ve moved the Getting Started with Execution Environments guide to the Ansible ecosystem docsite. After some discussion in DaWGs meetings and on the community forum, it was decided that the content was better suited to a docs home more focused on cross-project content than the package docs. Don’t worry though. We’ve set up redirects and have left a clear pointer in the package docs to ensure we don’t break links or make it difficult to find the guide. And if you want to give some feedback or get involved with EEs, join the Execution Environments Crew on the forum.


AWX Project :arrow_upper_right:

AWX provides a web-based user interface, REST API, and task engine built on top of Ansible. Join the AWX discussion in the Ansible Community Forum.

jessicamack shared

We’re happy to announce that the next release of AWX, version 23.3.1 is now available!
Some notable features include:

  • Upgrade client library for dsv since tss already landed

In addition AWX Operator version 2.7.1 has also been released!

Please see the releases pages for more details: AWX, Operator.

PROJECT UPDATES :hammer_and_wrench:

nilashish said

We’re happy to announce another alpha release for ansible-creator :hammer_and_wrench: which has some bug fixes and minor updates!

How to get it?
ansible-creator is available in PyPI:
Run pip install --upgrade ansible-creator to grab it.

What’s next?
The Ansible VSCode extension will soon have an integration with ansible-creator! Here’s the WIP PR.


briantist said

community.hashi_vault version 5.0.1 has been released with a single bugfix ahead of the next major release.

andersson007_ said

The collection versions 5.0.2 and 4.0.3 have been released.

Simon Dodsley said

purestorage-flasharray 1.22.0 (changelog) has been released.

demetri contributed

The ibm_zos_core 1.8.0-beta.1 collection is now available on Galaxy. This release includes a new zos_script module and many enhancements to zos_copy such as copying executable program objects, aliases, ASA carriage control characters and can forcibly copy into a data set which is in use by another process. Check out the blog for more details.

mariolenz said

community.vmware 4.0.0 has been released. Since this is a major release with breaking changes and removed features, make sure to have a close look at the changelog.
There is also a new 3.x release. From now on, 3.x will only get bugfixes and no new features. Also please note that 2.x is End of Life.

Felix Fontein said

community.crypto 2.16.0 has been released with a bugfix - the latest pyOpenSSL 23.3.0 release no longer supports PKCS#12, and so the openssl_pkcs12 module no longer works with this release - and some new features for the luks_device module. It is now possible to explicitly specify keyslot numbers for various operations.

Felix Fontein shared

community.general 8.0.0 has been released with many new features, plugins, and modules, bugfixes, and some removed and deprecated features. Take a look at the changelog to figure out the details! At the same time, community.general 5.8.10 has been released. The 5.x.y release train is now End of Life and will not see any further releases. From now on, 7.x.y will receive regular bugfixes, and 6.x.y will receive only major bugfixes or security fixes.

briantist said

community.hashi_vault version 6.0.0 has been released. There are no functional changes but minimum versions of hvac and ansible-core have been increased.

laurent-indermuehle shared

community.mysql 3.8.0 has been released with new features for mysql_info, mysql_role and mysql_user.


samccann contributed

Looking to help out in Ansible but not sure where to start? Take a look at some easyfix or good first issues:


Felix Fontein said

A vote on whether votes and discussions should be moved from the community-topics repo to the Ansible forum happens here. If you want to discuss this vote, please use the associated issue. The vote is about starting a trial period of five weeks in which votes and new discussions will happen in the forum. If nobody starts a successful vote against this during the last part of the trial period, this will stay in effect. Please look at the proposal text of the vote for all details.

laurent-indermuehle contributed

Calling all community.mysql Users!

We would like your input as we consider an important change. The maintainers are discussing potentially dropping support for the mysqlclient connector in future versions of community.mysql in favor of exclusively supporting PyMySQL as the Python connector.

If you rely on mysqlclient for specific features or performance reasons, we want to hear from you before making a final decision. Please share your use cases and requirements in our GitHub discussion so we have a better understanding of any impacts this change could cause. Your feedback will help guide us as we evaluate whether to fully transition to PyMySQL or continue supporting mysqlclient as well.


steampunks said

Hey all! Although our Steampunk Ansible Challenge is already underway, nothing is lost! You can still join in the fun and compete for the grand prize. Harness the AI’s might using Ansible scanning tools, revitalize ancient Ansible content, safeguard Ansible Playbook security, explore how Ninjas can tackle Jinjas in the realm of automation, and unravel the harmony between Terraform and Ansible. The next challenge kicks off next week, so you have time to catch up until then :slight_smile:


dmsimard contributed

The next Ansible Montreal meetup has been scheduled for November 8th and you can sign up to join us here.

I’ll be presenting “Ansible metrics in Prometheus: why not?” and there’ll be talks about Ansible Lightspeed, Ansible for Mac configuration and complex data structures.

We’re thankful to OVH for hosting the meetup for free at their office and to Red Hat for the food and drinks!

See you there o/

cybette shared

Check out AutOberfest Event: Scaling and Sipping with Presidio, F5, and Red Hat in Denver, Colorado on November 9, 2023.

On the same day, you can join the Ansible Autumn meetup Munich if you are in the München, Germany area. Agenda:

  • Daniel Podwysocki - Building Your Own Ansible Modules with Python
  • Joachim Jabs - Ansible in Industrial Systems

Leo said

Are you interested in speaking about Ansible at events and conferences? If that’s the case, you are in luck. This is a friendly reminder that the Calls for Proposals (CFP) for three events are ending this month.

CfgMgmgtCamp CFP is open and ending on the 15th, AnsibleFest and Red Hat Summit CFP is also open and ending on the 17th. And last for November, the KubeCon Europe 2024 CFP is open as well and ending on the 26th. Visit the links to our forum above for more information and to share with the community if you are submitting something!


Have any questions you’d like to ask, or issues you’d like to see covered? Please ask in! See you next time!