The other day we released Shaken Fist version 0.2, and I never got around to announcing it here. In fact, we’ve done a minor release since then and have another minor release in the wings ready to go out in the next day or so.
So what’s changed in Shaken Fist between version 0.1 and 0.2? Well, actually kind of a lot…
- We moved from MySQL to etcd for storage of persistant state. This was partially done because we wanted distributed locking, but it was also because MySQL was a pain to work with.
- Some work has gone into making the API service more production grade, although there is still some work to be done there probably in the 0.3 release — specifically there is a timeout if a response takes more than 300 seconds, which can be the case in launch large VMs where the disk images are not in cache.
There were also some important features added:
- Authentication of API requests.
- Resource ownership.
- Namespaces (a bit like Kubernetes namespaces or OpenStack projects).
- Resource tagging, called metadata.
- Support for local mirroring of common disk images.
- …and a large number of bug fixes.
Shaken Fist is also now packaged on pypi, and the deployment tooling knows how to install from packages as well as source if that’s a thing you’re interested in. You can read more at shakenfist.com, but that site is a bit of a work in progress at the moment. The new github organisation is at github.com/shakenfist.