What’s New

This document covers major changes to Beaker in each release. It is aimed at users and administrators of existing Beaker installations that are being upgraded to a new version.

For general instructions about how to upgrade your Beaker installation to a new version, see Upgrading an existing installation.

Beaker 29

Beaker 29 is the new beginning after a 3 year hiatus. This release was mainly focused on maintenance, no groundbreaking features.

Beaker 28

Beaker 28 uses Restraint as the default test harness for all OS releases, iPXE support, enhanced installation failure detection and some other features.

Beaker 27

Beaker 27 has Python 3 support for beaker-common and beaker-client, AMQ messaging, several changes for outdated packages and some other features.

Beaker 26

Beaker 26 uses Restraint as the default test harness for newer OS releases, along with a number of other changes in default behaviour.

Beaker 25

Beaker 25 adds support for provisioning arbitrary distro trees, Anaconda’s liveimg command, collecting device firmware versions, and many other new capabilities.

Beaker 22

Beaker 22 adds support for extra job XML elements, JUnit XML results output, inverted groups, and many other improvements.

Beaker 21

Beaker 21 simplifies the process for system owners to run hardware scans on their Beaker systems, reducing it to a single click or CLI command. This release also includes an improved version of the beaker-system-scan tool, providing broader hardware support and more accurate hardware information for Beaker systems.

Beaker 20

Beaker 20 introduces system pools, and the ability to apply the same access policy across many systems. This release also brings support for configurable netboot loaders and several other enhancements.

Beaker 19

Beaker 19 brings many improvements to the system page. For Beaker administrators, the upgrade process has been streamlined with automatic database schema upgrades.

Beaker 0.18

Beaker 0.18 brings improved usage reminder emails and a new workflow option for pre-defined host filters. This release also includes a substantial refactoring of Beaker’s internal kickstart templates, to provide better support for custom distros.

Beaker 0.17

Beaker 0.17 includes two new scheduler features: the capability to schedule recipes on systems even when their condition is Manual or Broken, and a harness-independent mechanism for reserving systems at the end of their recipe. This release also brings support for theming Beaker’s web UI, and experimental integration with OpenStack for dynamically created VMs.

Beaker 0.15

Beaker 0.15 introduces the concept of “system access policies”, the initial phase of the Access Policies for Systems design proposal. It also includes a major update to the main web UI, along with a number of other new features and bug fixes.

Beaker 0.14

Beaker 0.14 introduces the concept of “submission delegates”, completing the development of the Enhanced User Groups design proposal. It also includes a number of other new features and bug fixes.

Beaker 0.11

Beaker 0.11 brings improvements to reporting and metrics collection, as well as a number of minor enhancements and bug fixes.

Beaker 0.10

Beaker 0.10 adds experimental support for running recipes on oVirt guests, plus enhancements to scheduling of guest recipes and many other bug fixes.

Beaker 0.9

Beaker 0.9 introduces a new “native” provisioning mechanism, instead of using Cobbler. The 0.9.x release series also includes a number of other enhancements and bug fixes.

Older releases

Release notes for versions prior to 0.9 are not available.

For administrators upgrading from older versions, refer to the now-obsolete SchemaUpgrades directory in Beaker’s source tree. (Those files were previously included in the beaker-server package under /usr/share/doc/beaker-server-*.)