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Yocto Project Weekly Status April 2nd, 2024

Current Dev Position: YP 5.0 M4 - Final Release
Next Deadline: 1st April 2024 YP 5.0 M4 build

Next Team Meetings:

Key Status/Updates:

  • YP 4.0.17 has been released.
  • YP 4.3.4 is in QA and is the final planned nanbield release.
  • YP 5.0 rc1 is now due to build when ready.
  • Steve is taking patches for Dunfell until around April 8 in preparation for an April 15 build. This will be the last release of dunfell.
  • 5.0 build status:
    • The opkg lock issue has been worked around for now in the run-postinsts script
    • An intermittent oe-selftest failure (sstatetests hang) was tracked down to a race in tinfoil event handling.
    • The public hash equivalence server changes aren’t ready yet unfortunately
    • There are issues with the size of the buildhistory repository which is being split up, this needs to happen before we can build the release.
    • A key worry now is the documentation for the release, especially given it is an LTS. There are emails on the docs list about this, help is much appreciated. This will now be the main delay on the release timeframe.
  • A new yocto-status https://lists.yoctoproject.org/g/yocto-status/topics mailing list has been created where we plan to send just the project weekly status reports and any other suitable updates on the project. This should help those who found the traffic of the other mailing lists too much.
  • A yocto-patches https://lists.yoctoproject.org/g/yocto-patches/topics mailing list has been setup and patches that used to go to the yocto@ list will be migrating over to this new list, making yocto@ a bit more friendly for questions and discussions.
  • Some other obsolete mailing lists were removed or made read-only to try and make it easier for people to find the right place to see/send things.
  • Debian 12 and Fedora 40 containers have been added to crops (Thanks Rob Wolley)
  • All the crops yocto-base containers now include python3-virtualenv
  • The “Binary Distro” work is now well underway and there are PR Server passthrough patches ready for review. The wiki page https://wiki.yoctoproject.org/wiki/Binary_Distro_Prototype#Policies_and_Processes has had a number of policy/process proposals documented, at least as a first pass. Help is welcome to help improve these, or highlight where further documentation is needed.
  • One year after the original linux.com article, an update was published: https://www.yoctoproject.org/blog/2024/03/28/maintainer-confidential-challenges-and-opportunities-one-year-on/
  • There was a significant security issue with xz release tarballs. We never merged the affected version and it was never in any of our main branches but we did test it on the autobuilder and saw build failures. We continue to watch for information on any potential implications of that. We have removed the compromised tarballs from our mirrors.
  • We continue to watch the NIST NVD (CVE database) situation, the recent update didn’t clarify much. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a clear path forward as yet.

Ways to contribute:

YP 5.0 Milestone Dates:

  • YP 5.0 M4 build date 2024/04/01
  • YP 5.0 M4 Release date 2024/04/30

Upcoming dot releases:

  • YP 4.0.17 is released.
  • YP 4.3.4 is in QA.
  • YP 3.1.33 build date 2024/04/15
  • YP 3.1.33 Release date 2024/04/26
  • YP 4.0.18 build date 2024/04/22
  • YP 4.0.18 Release date 2024/05/03
  • YP 4.0.19 build date 2024/06/03
  • YP 4.0.19 Release date 2024/06/14

Tracking Metrics:

The Yocto Project’s technical governance is through its Technical Steering Committee, more information is available at: