Announcing Gluster release 7

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Announcing Gluster release 7

Rinku Kothiya
Hi,

The Gluster community is pleased to announce the release of 7.0, our latest release.

This is a major release that includes a range of code improvements and stability fixes along with a few features as noted below. A selection of the key features and bugs addressed are documented in this [1] page.

Announcements:

1. Releases that receive maintenance updates post release 7, 6 and 5 [2]

2. Release 7 will receive maintenance updates around the 20th of every month for the first 3 months post release (i.e Dec'19, Jan'20, Feb'20).
    Post the initial 3 months, it will receive maintenance updates every 2 months till EOL. [3]

A series of features/xlators have been deprecated in release 7 as follows, for upgrade procedures from volumes that use these features to release 7 refer to the release 7 upgrade guide [4].

Features deprecated:
- Glupy

Highlights of this release are:

Highlights:
Several stability fixes addressing,
coverity, clang-scan, address sanitizer and valgrind reported issues removal of unused and hence, deprecated code and features. 
Performance Improvements.

Features:
1. Rpcbind not required in glusterd.service when gnfs isn't built.
2. Latency based read child to improve read workload latency in a cluster, especially in a cloud setup. Also provides a load balancing with the outstanding pending request.
3. Glusterfind: integrate with gfid2path, to improve performance.
4. Issue #532: Work towards implementing global thread pooling has started
5. This release includes extra coverage for glfs public APIs in our regression tests, so we don't break anything.

Major issues:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1771308
We have come across Centos-6 packaging issues, we have decided to mark it as a known issue and release 7. This Centos-6 build issue will be fixed with release 7.1 which is due on Dec 20th.

Bugs addressed are provided towards the end, in the release notes [1]

Thank you,
Gluster community

References:
[1] Release notes:

[2] Release schedule:

[3] Gluster release cadence and version changes:

[4] Upgrade guide to release-7:

[5] Packages at :


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