Update regarding Bionic Stemcells
Dear Cloud Foundry community,
TL;DR: Bionic stemcells are on their way to GA. Xenial stemcells in open-source will not receive security updates after the end of April 2021. Act now and test your bosh releases and plan for migrating your systems, we’re doing it as well. Read on for context, open issues and migration caveats.
As part of an earlier mail to the cf-bosh and cf-dev mailing lists, there was an announcement around work to create a BOSH stemcell for Ubuntu 18.04 (code-named “Bionic Beaver”). The background is that Ubuntu 16.04 (code-named “Xenial Xerus”) runs out of standard support by the end of April 2021. We are already publishing beta versions of Bionic stemcells on bosh.io.
As announced earlier, VMware decided to continue to support Xenial-based stemcells for their commercial distribution and is therefore transferring all open-source stemcell related work to the community – a team currently staffed by IBM and SAP. We’re stepping in to ensure that there will be a continuously maintained Bionic stemcell available for the open-source community.
What does this mean for you as users of open-source Cloud Foundry?
What is the current state?
How do you migrate from Xenial to Bionic?
How can you help?
There are a number of ways you can get involved:
Please reply to this mail on the list and/or send us a message in #bosh on Cloud Foundry slack. Don’t hesitate to DM me or send me a mail if you want to reach out privately.
Thanks in advance,
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