This is your monthly burst of good news about the Janitor.
Welcome to 27 new users!
We’re so happy to have you. Our small community of pioneers and cloud-development enthusiasts is growing fast, there are almost 100 of us now.
- Look for the “Janitor Invite” email, it contains a link to your Janitor Alpha account.
- Reminder: The Janitor currently requires a Cloud9 premium feature. Please send me your Cloud9 username , so that I can request a free upgrade for you (otherwise, you’ll see errors like “SSH workspaces are a premium feature”).
Major Dockerfiles upgrade
We recently finished a complete overhaul of all Docker images. Here is what changed:
Across all images:
- Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty → 16.04 Xenial
- Git 1.9.1 → 2.8.2 (a lot faster, especially for large repositories)
- Node.js v5.6.0 → v6.1.0 (now with ES6! also npm 3.6.0 → 3.8.6)
- Clang 3.4 → 3.9
- Ability to use
xtermwindow in noVNC
- Mercurial 2.8.2 → 3.7.3
- ESLint pre-configured (works with
./mach eslint path/to/sources
- Latest moz-git-tools (upload patches with
git bz, try them with
- Switched build configuration from GYP to GN
- Disabled SUID sandbox to allow running out-of-the-box
- Now with pre-compiled binaries in every image update
- Now able to run graphically in noVNC with
./mach run -w
- noVNC goes straight to Plasma desktop, without Fluxbox
I will also upgrade the Janitor’s Docker daemon to a newer version, but if everything goes as planned you won’t notice a thing (except more frequent image updates and even faster spawns).
We already had a few events about the Janitor, with more to come in the near future:
April 2016: Firefox Hackathon in Zurich
- Daniele showed these amazing slides about the Janitor.
- Participants used the Janitor to fix 10 bugs in Firefox.
- Michael published a nice blog post about their experience.
- Thank you for all the great feedback!
May 2016: JSConf Budapest
- Flaki hosted me at the Mozilla Hackerlounge there.
- I demoed the Janitor and Cloud9 IDE during all 3 days.
- We got very excited and exchanged a lot of ideas.
June 2016: Mozilla All Hands in London
- I will give a Platform Lightning Talk to pitch the Janitor.
- There will also be a full session about the Janitor later in the week.
- Please come by and say hi!
Until next time,