Project Development Meeting

(Buccleuch Place Seminar Room)- Minutes 2007-08-01

Present: Paul Anderson, Neil Brown, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Ian Durkacz, Bill Hewitt, Stephen Quinney, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan, Simon Wilkinson

Apologies: George, Iain and Toby had sent their apologies.

1. Minutes of last meeting

These were accepted.

2. Matters Arising

Seventeen out of the twenty seven computing staff had now moved their mail service to staffmail.

There are still two staff who need to move to staffmail. [Action Paul, Simon]

Tim believes that he will do this by the next meeting. [Action Iain]

All other actions from the last meeting have been completed.

3. Approved Projects

  • Web Technologies and Policy There was some discussion about the form of authentication for the Content Management System. It was decided that in the first instance it should use apache to handle CoSign authentication (with zope firewalled and only accepting connections via apache). It would make use of the the new iFriend service, which should be available before the end of the month, for any external users.

  • Enhancing the Solaris LCFG Platform Chris reported that the current milestone (2.0) would be achieved very soon. It was agreed that because of Craig's imminent absence on annual leave the next milestone (2.1) should be postponed till the end of September. [Action Chris]

  • FC5 Services The short report (a couple of paragraphs probably), noting any significant things learnt in the project, should be produced by the time of the next meeting. [Action Neil]

  • Introduce a Production FC5 Desktop The short report (a couple of paragraphs probably), noting any significant things learnt in the project, should be produced by the time of the next meeting.

  • Proof General Eclipse improvements Tim believes that the current milestone (Establish goals) has been achieved, but it has not been recorded on the database as such. [Action Graham]

The following projects were signed off by the Development Meeting and go to CEG for ratification:

The following project will be held over under it is clear whether Iain is writing a brief report on the things learnt:

4. New project proposals

This was an important project for our server machines as Scientific Linux provide support for a release for a couple of years after the release has been superceeded by newer releases. External effort from EPCC was available for this project now and so it had been necessary to take an executive decision to start the project ahead of its formal proposal to the Development Meeting.

It was agreed that this project should move straight to the implementation phase.

5. Technical presentation and discussion of projects

  • Paul gave a presentation (PDF) on the proposals for development of the LCFG server and client and associated software.

6. AOB

The next meeting will be on September 5th in the Room 2511 JCMB.

-- KenDawson - 01 Aug 2007

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