Unified NEWS file for Synnefo versions >= 0.13

Since v0.13 all Synnefo components have been merged into a single repository.


Released: Tue Nov 26 11:03:37 EET 2013

  • Support for Ganeti 2.8


Released: Mon Nov 11 12:13:31 EET 2013

  • Minor bug-fix release


Released: Fri Nov 8 17:25:08 EET 2013

  • Support for Debian Wheezy
  • Bug fix version


Released: Wed Sep 18 17:50:12 EEST 2013

  • Bug fix version


Released: Wed Sep 18 16:18:58 EEST 2013

  • Bug fix version


Released: Wed Aug 7 11:19:49 EEST 2013


  • Bug fix version


Released: Mon Jul 29 12:24:22 EEST 2013


Released: Thu Jul 25 12:22:47 EEST 2013


Released: Fri Jul 12 13:13:32 EEST 2013


Released: Tue Jun 25 14:01:19 EEST 2013


  • Standardize URLs for Synnefo Components:
    • impose structure and naming conventions to all URL related settings. Make each component deployable under a user-configurable <COMPONENT>_BASE_URL. Each API (compute, image, etc.) is deployable under a developer-configurable prefix beneath BASE_URL.
  • Branding customization support across synnefo frontend components:
    • ability to adapt the Astakos, Pithos and Cyclades Web UI to a company’s visual identity. This is possible using the snf-branding component, which is automatically installed on the nodes running the API servers for Astakos, Pithos and Cyclades.
  • Create a JSON-exportable definition document for each Synnefo Components (Astakos, Cyclades, Pithos, etc.) that consolidates APIs (services), resources, and other standardized properties (e.g. default URL prefixes).
  • Implement common client for communication with Astakos and proper error handling.


  • Redesign of the accounting system (quotaholder) and integration into Astakos.
  • Implemented the keystone API call POST /tokens
    • Specified the API call allong with a procedure to register a Synnefo component (e.g. cyclades) along with the services it provides (e.g. compute, plankton) and the resources it handles (e.g. vm, cpu).
  • All API calls are moved under ‘/account/v1.0’.
  • Support API calls for quotas, commissions and resources.
  • Improved user activation process
  • Improve limit of pending applications by making it a quotable resource.
  • Added fine grain user auth provider’s policies.
  • Overhauling of Astakos management commands for usability and uniformity.


  • Speed up private network creation, by creating a network to a Ganeti backend only when a server connects to that network.
  • Rename management commands for commissions and resources for uniformity with other services.
  • Synchronize Cyclades API with Openstack Compute v2.0 API.


Released: Wed Apr 10 18:52:50 EEST 2013


  • Support for pooling throughout Synnefo
    • Pooled Django DB connections, Pithos backend connections, HTTP connections using single objpool package
  • Improved management commands
    • Unified codebase for output of tables in JSON, CSV
  • Bring most of Synnefo code inside a single, unified repository
    • support automatic Python and Debian package builds for individual commits
    • with automatic version generation
  • Overhauling of Synnefo settings: renames and refactoring, for increased uniformity (in progress)
  • Deployment: Standardize on gunicorn, with gevent-based workers and use of Green threads throughout Synnefo
  • Documentation: New scale-out guide, with distinct node roles, for mass Synnefo deployments


  • Support multiple authentication methods
    • Classic (username/password), Shibboleth, LDAP/Active Directory, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn
    • Users can enable/disable auth methods, and switch between them
  • Introduce a UUID as a global identifier for users, throughout Synnefo
    • The UUID remains constant as the user enables/disables login methods
  • Allow users to modify their email address freely
  • Per-user, per-resource accounting mechanism (quotaholder)
  • Full quota support, with per-user, per-resource quotas, based on quotaholder
  • Projects: Users can create and join Projects
    • Projects grant extra resources to their members
  • UI Enhancements for quotas and projects
    • distinct Usage tab, showing usage of individual resources
    • Project management UI
    • New Overview page


  • Commission resources on quotaholder/Astakos
  • Support mass creation of flavors
  • Support for the ExtStorage disk template in Ganeti
  • Query and report quotas in the UI
  • Pass VM configuration parameters over a VM-side API (vmapi)
    • Do not pass sensitive data as Ganeti OS parameters
    • Keep sensitive data in memory caches (memcached) and never allow them to hit the disk
  • Display additional backend information in helpdesk machines list
  • Allow helpdesk users to search for an account using a known machine id
  • Helpdesk actions are now logged using the synnefo’s common login infrastructure


  • Support storage of blocks on a RADOS backend, for Archipelago
  • Rewritten support for public URLs, with admin-selectable length


  • Extend snf-burnin to include testing of Pithos functionality