Development Meeting

Room IF-5.02 - Minutes 2008-10-01

Present: Paul Anderson, Toby Blake, Neil Brown, Tim Colles, Chris Cooke, Ken Dawson (convener and minutes), Ian Durkacz, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, George Ross, Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan, Simon Wilkinson

Apologies: There were none.

1. Minutes of last meeting

These were accepted.

2. Matters Arising

  • Revisit Account Management Simon had produced the discussion paper and the next step will be for George to call a meeting of interested parties. The subject will be discussed at the end of this meeting and the need for and nature of any further meeting will be dependent on the outcome of this.

Because of Simon's absence it had not been possible for George to speak to him about this.

Simon pointed out that the meeting was needed to sort out the short term problem of instituting a procedure to remove any extraordinary kerberos principles belonging to people who have left. George will arrange a meeting between himself, Simon and Ken.

Simon stated that the only thing that needed to be agreed was that when a person's DICE account was deleted that all Kerberos principals associated with that person need to be deleted as well.

Action carried forward. [Action Ken]

  • DICE SL5 Server Platform There were two pieces of software that had not apparently been ported to the SL5 64bit platform (the SL5 platform was complete). Toby confessed that he had actually ported Cosign to SL5-64 but had not closed down the corresponding bugzilla bug. Stephen offered to look at the outstanding problem. Ian will talk to Stephen about this.

George has still to port his tnm package to 64-bit. This software is in the tkined rpm. Ian has been looking into compiling this on a 64-bit SL5 platform.

George has not had time to carry out this action because of pressure from more urgent work.

This software will need to be ported before we start using 64bit machines by default. [Action George]

  • Craig was asked to fork a new project to handle the final stages of the web CMS work.

The fact that there was a large overlap between the proposed forked project and the Informatics Commercialisation Website project project was discussed; it was confirmed however that we do need to fork this new project. [Action Craig]

  • Desktop Virtualization The project proposal was accepted and the project moves forward to the evaluation stage. The EULA needs to be checked now VirtualBox is owned by Sun, the work required on networking is likely to be carried out by the MPU and we should have a meeting to discuss common requirements for VMware/Xen/VirtualBox. The timescale will have to be extended to cover this. Tim will move to evaluation and add milestones as appropriate

The project has been moved to the evaluation phase but Tim has not yet added the milestones. [Action Tim].

  • Collaborative LaTeX System The project proposal was accepted and the project moves forward to the evaluation stage. Tim will move to evaluation and add milestones as appropriate.

The project has been moved to the evaluation phase but Tim has not yet added the milestones. [Action Tim].

  • Transition of Informatics staff mail services to Staffmail In Craig's absence Neil should add a milestone for deciding on the detailed mechanism for doing a bulk move of mail data from the informatics mail server to staffmail. He should also set a milestone for completing the move (via a bulk move of data) with a proposed deadline of 1st November. This has been done.

Ken should bring this issue to CEG. Carried forward. [Action Ken].

All other actions from the last meeting have been completed.

3. Approved Project

  • JavaMC - Proof-carrying Java Code Tim reported that this project was currently almost on hold although small amounts of work continued to be done. Graham is mainly working on another project for the same member of staff. The milestone dates for this project appeared to be wrong - possibly with the wrong year set against many of them. Tim will ask Graham to check them [Action Tim]

4. Prioritisation of Projects

All current and pending projects were considered for prioritisation on a unit by unit basis:

Infrastructure Unit

Infrastructure projects

High priority should be given to Revisit Account Management.

Alastair will consider whether the work in Infrastructure for PGP and/or S/MIME could be done at univeristy or college level. [Action Alastair]

There was discussion of the OpenID Identity Provider and Centralise logging projects.

The OpenVPN service project will be proposed for the next development meeting. [Action George]

George should document how the host keys of the ssh servers can be preserved during upgrades. [Action George]

Managed Platform Unit

Managed Platform projects

The LCFG Component Test Framework project will be proposed by Stephen at the next Development Meeting. [Action Stephen]

The LCFG Core Refactoring project will be proposed at a meeting in the new year. [Action Paul]

As LCFG technology changes part of the LCFG documentation technology project is to write a new section in the LCFG book.

There was some discussion of the Investigation of server virtualization project. This needs to be split into two projects so that we can start to use the technology fairly soon. Alastair should bring this new project covering the basic use to the Development Meeting in the next few months. [Action Alastair]

The description of the Enhance LCFG support for MacOS investigation project needs to be revised to take account of the work done in IS. [Action Alastair]

Research and Teaching Unit

Research and Teaching projects

The Gridengine Configuration Review project may be brought back next month. [Action Iain]

The Re-implement ISDD System project should be renamed Review ISDD System. [Action Tim]

The Personal Response Proxy project has actually been done. Tim should update its state. [Action Tim]

Tim has successfully argued at Teaching Committee that no development work is currently warranted on the Re-Implement Submit Practical Submission System project.

Tim should adjust the deliverables for the Desktop Virtualization project so that its basic use can be rolled out as soon as possible. [Action Tim]

Tim said that some EUCLID-related projects would be being proposed shortly.

Services Unit

Services projects

High priority should be given to Replacement of LPRng with CUPS.

The Replace Kx509 with CoSign for Web Services project has actually been done. Craig should update its state. [Action Craig]

The Provide a General IMAP service project is no longer justified and should be scrapped. [Action Craig/Ken]

The (re)introduce Kerberised Printing project should be proposed as soon as the Replacement of LPRng with CUPS project is complete. [Action Craig]

The Printer Accounting and Quotas and Incorporation of Pykota into CUPS projects should be merged and then the merged project should be proposed as soon as the Replacement of LPRng with CUPS project is complete. [Action Craig]

The nagios enabled milestone of the AFS file system project should be rewritten to emphasise the work that should be done on the component to make it fully functional. [Action Craig]

User Support Unit

User Support projects

It was agreed that the Review of user documentation project should be proposed at the Development Meeting as soon as effort became available. [Action Ken]

Cross Units

Cross Unit projects

5. AOB

The next meeting will be on November 5th in the Forum.

-- KenDawson - 01 Oct 2008

Topic revision: r6 - 04 Nov 2008 - 17:14:54 - KenDawson
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