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September Linkerd community meeting recap

Matei David

Matei David
October 26, 2021 • 3 min read

Delayed slightly due to KubeCon, our Linkerd Community Meeting recap and recording are now live.

Before we get started — as usual — a quick reminder of our Linkerd Community Anchor Program. If you have a Linkerd story you’d like to share, we’d love to help you tell it. Whether you built a cloud native platform with Linkerd or integrated the service mesh with another CNCF project, these experiences are incredibly beneficial for the community!

We are also continuing to gather responses for our 2021 Linkerd survey. So, if you haven’t done so yet, participate today — thank you!


The Linkerd 2.11 docs are live and you’ll see lots of small changes. The Linkerd team and the community have been working on 2.11 since May. Changes include more robust iptables rules, reduced proxy and memory CPU usage (in load testing), and, finally, the introduction of policy! The latter is the big change we are all particularly proud of.

While the plan for 2.12 is not fully fleshed out and scoped into issues, we will work on client-side policies like deprecated (or improved) ServiceProfiles. These will allow us to do cool stuff like circuit breaking. With the SMI extension, we will be looking at removing TrafficSplits from core Linkerd and introducing (potentially) new resources.

It’s a great time to get involved! We’ll post new issues soon and there will be plenty of opportunities to help shape the Linkerd project. Stay tuned and look out for those issues, your help really makes a difference!

Policy demo

As mentioned above, policy is one of the features that shipped with 2.11. Charles demoed this long-awaited and powerful capability. To replicate it, just follow the instructions in the docs.

Policy allows you to control which connections a server accepts. Generally, policy is focused on enforcing mTLS and typical use cases are in multi-tenancy environments and for regulatory compliance.

Policies can be applied on the cluster or per workload, including namespaces and pods. When installing Linkerd, you have a set of default policies which can be applied on a workload-by-workload basis. You may also create policies specifically for a pod through two new resources: Servers and Server Authorizations.

Here’s how it works: A server selects pods by labels and matches ports on those pods. Server Authorization selects a server and specifies whether mTLS is mandatory and what clients are permitted. Check out a Kubernetes engineer’s guide to mTLS to learn more.

Deep dive with Eliza: Retries with message bodies

Eliza, a core maintainer of the proxy, walked us through how Linkerd retries HTTP requests with bodies — another new 2.11 feature. Retrying requests with bodies is especially important for anyone using Linkerd with gRPC: since all gRPC requests are HTTP/2 POST requests with bodies, this feature enables retries to be configured for gRPC traffic. To learn more about it, check out Eliza’s writeup on retries with message bodies.

September Linkerd Hero

Last, but not least, we announced our Linkerd Hero, Ujjwal Goyal. An enthusiastic Linkerd contributor, Ujjwal raised issues and contributed code to the website repository and Linkerd’s multicluster capabilities. Ujjwal also helps spread the Linkerd message and provides awesome tweet-length summaries of different Linkerd events! Because lots of small contributions really add up, the maintainers nominated Ujjwal.

Who is your Linkerd Hero? Submit your nomination today!

That’s it! Hope you can attend our next community meeting on Thursday, October 28 at 9 a.m. PT live. Register today!

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