by on July 10, 2014

Gluster Site Relaunches

This week we are excited to give the website a facelift. In addition to the updated graphics and layout, we are now using the Middleman site generator to allow the site to be statically generated.

In addition to a new look and layout, the site has new navigation and a “Spotlight” section on the front page. We are still maintaining a legacy version of the site, so any old bookmarks you have should work just fine.


Why Middleman?

Several factors caused us to choose Middleman as the framework. Among the top reasons was that trying to template things in the way we wanted was quite difficult with the existing MediaWiki implementation. We also preferred that changes can now be maintained via git, which hopefully lowers the bar of entry for those who want to make changes to the documentation. All markup is now done in AsciiDoc, which most people should find simpler than MediaWiki.

Is the old site gone?

No. For obvious reasons, we wanted to maintain a legacy version of the site. You can still access the wiki and the blog. Going forward, the wiki should be considered legacy, and work will continue porting over and updating those sections of the site as needed. The blog will continue to operate as is for the time being, mainly because there are still dependencies on it (gitorious AFAIK, and possibly others). After that, Middleman does not lend itself well in an obvious way to dynamic content. Although there is a blog function we have implemented in Middleman, it does not work in its current form as we needed.

How do updates to the new site occur?

More detailed documentation needs to be written (by me) on the specifics, but a high level overview can be found in the of the gluster-site repository. Updates to existing documentation will be simple as access to the gluster-docs repo is public. Adding new documentation, updating navigation, or adding media (such as new images or slides) will need some fine tuning because access to update the gluster-site repo is limited currently. Anyone interested is free to request access, of course. Currently the process is manual for rebuilding the site, but we are working on making this process automated.

What exploded?

Not much, as it turns out. We experienced issues with redirects that affected existing images and the content of the blog. The issues with the blog lasted for about an hour. We rolled back temporarily during the time until we could fix the issue. The images were fixed this morning. So far, the feedback has been positive and people are enjoying the updated look and feel.

Your feedback and contributions are appreciated and welcome, so feel free to email the gluster-users mailing list or drop a message in #gluster on Freenode.

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by on May 1, 2014

GlusterFS 3.5 Unveiled

We are pleased to announce that GlusterFS 3.5 is now available. The latest release includes several long-awaited features such as improved logging, file snapshotting, on-wire compression, and at-rest encryption.

You can download GlusterFS 3.5 now.


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by on July 21, 2014

The Fifth Elephant 2014 – Discount codes for GlusterFS users

The Fifth Elephant is a Big Data and Analytics conference on 23-26 July 2014 in Bangalore, India. We are proud to support the folks there, and they have extended a 10% discount to the GlusterFS Community. Ticket purchase URL Highlights India’s largest gathering of big data and analytics practitioners Talks will showcase latest trends […]

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Testers needed for GlusterFS 3.5.2beta1

GlusterFS 3.5.2beta1 has just been released. This is the first beta to allow users to verify the fixes for the bugs that were reported. See the bug reports below for more details on how to test and confirm the fix (or not). This is a bugfix only releas…

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by on July 15, 2014

Wait, what? No glusterfs-server in CentOS 7?

Short and to the point– CentOS 7 is a clone of RHEL 7, and in “vanilla” RHEL7 there’s no glusterfs-server available either. Why? Since RHEL 6.5, Red Hat has provided the client-side packages of RHS (Red Hat Storage, a.k.a. RHSS, or Red Hat Storage Server). You can buy support for RHS to get the RHS […]

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by on July 14, 2014

GlusterFS 3.4.5beta2 rpms are available now

RPMS are now available for GlusterFS 3.4.5 beta2. We have them for EL5, EL6, EL7, F19, F20, F21, F22 at [1] with yum repos. [1] This is a bugfix release, mainly for resolving these two important bugs: All users of GlusterFS 3.4.x are strongly encouraged to test this version, then report […]

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by on July 11, 2014

Playing with RHEL 7

A few quick notes on adding new packages to RHEL 7.Nice stuff about RHEL 7Docker is now a first class citizen.  You can read about how RHEL is moving to support Docker here.Exciting stuff in the EPELsThere’s docker, gluster, and loads of other goo…

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by on July 10, 2014

Peacocks, Ferraris, and Gradle

One time someone asked me why I liked build tools so much.  Here is why.The answer is : because nobody else does. Its like the same reason why my wife is passionate about what kind of crib the kids get.  Its because I’m not.   You see th…

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by on July 9, 2014

Parallelizing rsync

Last week I had a massive hardware failure on one of the GlusterFS storage nodes in the ILRI, Kenya Research Computing cluster; two drives failed simultaneously on the underlying RAID5. As RAID5 can only withstand one drive failure, the entire 31TB array was toast. FML. After replacing the failed disks, rebuilding the array, and formatting […]

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by on July 2, 2014

quickstart w/ libvirt

Simple recipe for spinning up VMs on Libvirt from zerosu -c “yum install @virtualization”This sets up all the virtualization entries.  I never remember to use it, but more about why you should use it here.Create disk for a VM and attach itqemu-img…

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