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OpenNMS Update v2.8

Feb 21, 2001, 00:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Shane O'Donnell)

Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2001 17:13:41 -0600 (CST)
From: announce-admin@opennms.org
To: announce@www.opennms.org
Subject: [opennms-announce] OpenNMS Update v2.8

OpenNMS Update

Vol 2. Issue 8

Feb 20, 2001

   In this week's installment...

     * Project Status
          + 0.6.1 Release Today
          + Known Issues
          + Coding Projects Underway
     * Upcoming Road Shows
     * Early Adopter Program Status
     * The Wish List

Project Status

0.6.1 Release Today:

For those of you who were just getting used to 0.6.0, get ready, 'cuz here we go again!

Predominantly enhancements to 0.6.0 (with a heapin' helpin o' bug fixes), 0.6.1 addresses some of the critical pieces that got left out of 0.6.0 due to time constraints. Of the more important features and/or fixes, you'll probably be most interested in the following:

* Fixes to the install.pl script (we warned you to test it...)

* Documentation (Quick Start Guide is up-2-date).

* Random "shout-outs" to 1337 h4x0r5

* Category support added to Web UI

* More TCP poller configurations added, including OpenSSH, Postgres, and Oracle

Our thanks to those of you that found and submitted bugs against the 0.6.0 release. It's because of you that we were able to deliver 0.6.1 this soon after 0.6.0. We've also got several efforts underway that will play into the next sub-release, of which you'll probably most appreciate: A Simplified Install Process! More on that later.

Known Issues:

We've fixed a lot of the smaller problems (and some big ones). However, there are still a lot of problems that we haven't fixed. Most of these are problems that are annoyances, but others are things that need to be fixed. Moving forward, there will be a file called "KNOWN_ISSUES" in the root OpenNMS directory (or in the "opennms-all" directory, for those of you checking out from CVS), and it will start off with the following tidbits, for those of you too anxious to wait for the movie:

* Categories deleted from the View Rule Builder are deleted from the GUI, but not from the XML.

* ICMP access to a device is required for discovery, although we can poll devices that don't support it.

* The Distributed Poller Configuration panel has a bug associated with package renaming. It doesn't.

* Notification only supports one outgoing page at a time. NOTE: Easy fix that we just haven't gotten around to.

* Documentation way out of date.

* Installation way too cumbersome.

* Multiple things intentionally disabled in the Admin GUI due to a bad case of the "no workies".

* Every interface that does not support SNMP is added to the database on a "one interface=one node" basis.

Many kudos to Jeff for feeling the pains and driving us to maintain this list.

Coding Projects Underway:

* Solaris Port Postgres Procedures -- Underway. No update.

* Postgres for NT -- Looking for someone to test.

* SNMP Poller/Data Collection -- The data collection work is done, still working on the interface to generate the reports.

* Event DTD -- Checked in to branch.

* Tuning -- We're all about getting this into a smaller footprint.

* User Interfaces -- Full functionality included in 0.6.1

* SCM UI -- Replaced with "./opennms.sh scm status"

* TCP Poller -- Added 3 more, including OpenSSH, Oracle, and Postgres.

* Maji Prelim Work -- Rick is building Perl code that is successfully parsing MIB files. Check him out, in all his glory, on the "events" list.

* Notification Configuration -- Works in the U/G/V config panel, but not the Wizard. We're disabling the Wizard until the functionality is there.

* Swing Interface -- Fighting random oddities. Proceed with utmost caution.

Upcoming Road Shows

Interested in having an OpenNMS speaker for your group? Of course you are. Email Luke at luke@opennms.org

* May 5th - Twin Cities LUG, Minneapolis, MN

* June 2nd - Northern Virginia LUG (NOVALUG), Alexandria, VA

* July 23-27 - O'Reilly Open Source Convention, San Diego, CA

For additional details on these appearances and others, check out the web site at http://www.opennms.org/sections/opennms/events

Early Adopter Program Status

Kudos and thanks to Jeff, who kicked off the Early Adopter Program last week with his first install. He returned to the office, a little worse for the wear, but with a healthy "bitch list" of things that didn't work right, didn't work like he expected, didn't work like he wanted, or just didn't work.

The good news is that EAP Member Company #1 is up and running. The bad news is that now they are officially behind a version. Good thing Jeff has plenty of time on his hands...

Enrollment in the EAP is filling up quickly. If you or your company is interested in participating, check out Ben's spiffy new web page for it at http://www.opennms.org/sections/get_involved/eap/

The Wish List

If I only had a brain...

* In the 0.6.x release (and CVS), checkout the TODO file

* More Data Collection configs wanted for the DataCollection.xml

* Any interest in more TCP pollers? Let us know (or better yet, build one yourself...)

* Testing on new, exciting platforms is always appreciated. Somebody want to mess with the Cygwin port of our Postgres stored procedures and see where we stand?

* Any additional help we can get proving our documentation either right or wrong is appreciated. Thanks.

* Got any creative applications for OpenNMS that we haven't considered? Let us know!

* Anybody up for a security analysis of OpenNMS? We know we've got a lot of holes, but we'd rather have most of them identified before we start trying to plug them. Any security folks that are playing along, feel free to chime in here. Anytime, now. Go on. Anytime...

* Anyone out there have familiarity with portmapper on NT? The new SCM will need it and, well, er, um, I don't know nothin' but mappin' no ports!


I thought things were supposed to calm down immediately post major release. It never has before, but I always think it is going to. It doesn't. Things have been far more hectic since the release than beforehand, and I'd bitch, but we're making a lot of good progress.

The in-house MP3 library is pushing its internal bounds (30GB) and we've got another drive ready to go, but we have neither the time to take it down, nor the guts to potentially interfere with Jeff listening to Dokken all afternoon.

Ben noticed today that there is no Meatloaf in the archive. He made that statement thinking that this exclusion was unintentional.

Like a Bat out of Hell,

Shane O.
Shane O'Donnell