Baserock 11 is released

Jonathan Maw jonathan.maw at
Fri Oct 4 14:49:01 BST 2013

Baserock 11 is released

The [Baserock team] and [Codethink Limited] are proud to announce the
release of version 11 of the Baserock system.

What's new in this version?

Refactoring branch and merge

Refactoring of branch and merge is still ongoing, but the following
subcommands have been refactored:

* edit
* foreach
* status
* petrify
* branch-from-image

The following subcommands will be refactored in the next release:

* merge
* build

Protected host in build-essential

When building chunks in build-essential, the host filesystem is now marked
read-only to prevent badly-behaved chunks causing unwanted changes.

This resulted in build-essential changes. You must upgrade your systems
to use the newer build-essential, or building with the latest release of
morph will fail.

Minor changes to morph

* The formatting of the output of `morph help` has been modified to
  preserve indentation.
* `morph cross-bootstrap` has been through various minor fixes.

Changes to morphs


For the sake of code simplicity, when morph edits systems and strata
it no longer preserves the ordering of fields, and instead writes them
back in alphabetical order. To minimise surprise and unreadable diffs,
all of the systems and strata have been converted to alphabetical order.

Changed chunks

As part of protecting the host in build-essential, changes were made to
these chunks:

* binutils
* busybox
* eglibc
* gawk
* gcc
* make

You must upgrade your systems to use the newer build-essential, or
building with the latest release of morph will fail.

Other changes include:

* Upgraded bc to fix some bugs
* Upgraded to a newer version of OpenSSL
* busybox has been changed to make NTP run continuously.
* Upgraded git to version 1.8.4
* glib has been upgraded to version 2.38.0
* python-setuptools and pyyaml have been moved into the 'core'

New systems and Strata

We have a new Xfce-system which adds a basic desktop environment to
Baserock. To give it a try, build and boot an Xfce-system, and run

We are currently working on making Baserock able to deploy to
OpenStack. This includes the openstack-client base systems, the
glanceclient stratum and the cloudinit-support stratum.

A cross-bootstrap system exists for x86_64. This is a minimal system
that contains everything needed to build a Baserock system, though not
necessarily deploy it.

None of these new systems are considered ready for production use, but
feel free to give them a try!

How do I get started?

You can find a [quick start] guide on the [Baserock wiki] and also
a short guide on [developing with Baserock] which follows on from
the quick start guide and shows you how to get to the point of proving
you can build Baserock within Baserock.

>From that point on, your imagination is the limit. You can follow our
development in the [Git repositories] we publish.

How do I get in contact?

The Baserock project has an [IRC channel] and [mailing list] for
developers to gather and discuss anything associated with
Baserock.  It is strongly recommended that you use the IRC and
lists to contact the team for anything associated with the public
development of Baserock.  We also have a mailing list for
[announcements] which will be notified of any new releases or big
developments in Baserock.

If you manage to find a bug in Baserock, we'd like to hear
from you.  You can find our [bug reporting guidelines] on the
Baserock wiki and we will do our best to help.

We hope you enjoy experimenting with Baserock and look forward to
hearing about any cool things you do with our work.

[Codethink limited]:

[Baserock wiki]:
[Baserock team]:

[Git repositories]:
[IRC Channel]:
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