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Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2020 14:06:14 -0400
From: Vincent Batts <>
	"Alban Crequy (Kinvolk)" <>
Subject: Re: Flatcar membership on the linux-distros list

On Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 2:36 PM Solar Designer <> wrote:

> Hi Vincent,
> I intentionally didn't hurry to comment on this, hoping that others
> would comment first.  I would still appreciate more comments by others.
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2020 at 02:20:07PM -0400, Vincent Batts wrote:
> > Using the
> >
> > I???m outlining why Flatcar Container Linux ought to be on the
> linux-distros
> > list.
> Thanks.  Much of this looks convincing to me, but here are some comments:


> > We have already been a participant on oss-security for some time and are
> > active in a number of communities. Glad to participate.
> Vincent, as far as I could find, you personally have subscribed to
> oss-security 2 months ago, and I couldn't find anyone else from Flatcar
> Linux subscribed.  (Maybe people are with personal addresses that I
> didn't associate with Flatcar Linux.)

For sure.
While I personally have been near the core of a couple of distributions, I
never was involved in the contributing-side with oss-security or vendor-sec.
2 months ago I joined the Kinvolk team, and now squarely involved in this
As for security disclosure overlap, there will now be a decent overlap with
an operating system component being containers. As I facilitate and lead
the Open Containers Initiative (OCI) security list, which hosts code like
runc, specifications and API definitions for container registries.

> I also found only this one posting to Openwall lists by you:
> This is good, but it's not a lot.
> What I see on the Flatcar Linux website is more convincing, but maybe
> you can point us at specific examples of community participation by you
> personally and/or by others at Flatcar Linux?

Alban Crequy (CC'ed) who is on the team has had interactions (which
pre-date flatcar):

Otherwise, the majority of contributions are involved in the respective
upstreams of the projects.

> > > Be able and willing to contribute back (see above), preferably in
> > specific ways announced in advance (so that you're responsible for a
> > specific area and so that we know what to expect from which member), and
> > demonstrate actual contributions once you've been a member for a while
> >
> > There are a number of the items we will do through the course of normal
> > process (review, test, validate, monitor for issues going public). As for
> > owning or being a backup, I expect that would be a consideration after
> > being a member for a period.
> As I recall other applications to join the linux-distros list since we
> introduced this contribute-back requirement, distros volunteered for
> some tasks right away, not "after being a member for a period."  What
> you say makes sense, but would be a deviation from the practice so far.
> I'd appreciate not needing to make an exception for you.

Yeah, no worries! We can begin immediately with:
* Check if related issues exist in implementations of similar functionality
in other software
* Promptly review new issue reports for meeting the list's requirements and
confirm receipt of the report and, when necessary, inform the reporter of
any issues with their report

The number of packages in distro is drastically reduced, and we'll be on

> > Pat Volkerding can vouch for me (CC???ed), and maybe others, but I asked
> > volkerdi first :-)
> We haven't yet heard from Pat Volkerding.  Given your LinkedIn profile,
> I guess someone from Red Hat could vouch for you as well.

Pat operates at his time. :-)
I was not heavily involved on this team at RH, but am asking there and a
few others as well.

> Alexander


Vincent Batts


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