The MPU's stargazing list.

Things that the MPU should look at

Chris's personal development ideas

I'm currently writing a URL shortener site. With the ever-expanding length of some of our URLs we could do with one, but I'm using it mainly as a focus for learning about various technologies - perl, Moose, databases.

Stephen's personal development ideas

  • Follow up on the new stuff I learn from the UKUUG Advanced Perl course I am attending in February.
  • Investigate virtualization solutions for Linux - MPUVirtualization
  • I'd like to investigate what options we have for reducing power consumption for both server and desktop machines.
  • I think it would be beneficial to look at other configuration management systems to see what they have to offer. Particularly we should get a server/client system running to try out puppet. This is particularly aimed at getting ideas for future development of the LCFG server.
  • I'd like to spend some time investigating current best practices for doing OO programming in Perl and also network/server programming in Perl. This would lead into ideas for the LCFG code cleanup project.
  • It would be good to understand what is required to support SELinux for LCFG managed machines.

Alastair's development wishes

  • Update perl skills, particularly wrt object orientated perl
  • Learn Python
  • Investigate dependency based startup systems


Old items from the list and what happened.

  • Solaris 10. This became more and more irrelevant with Sun's death spiral and Linux's price advantage.
    • the new SMF (Service Management Facility) startup mechanism
    • The DTrace kernel-level trace/debug system
    • The ZFS filesystem
    • Zones, lightweight virtual machines
  • Distributed source code management systems (prompted by this workshop at LISA 2006). Stephen and Simon have now used Git for some projects.
  • What management facilities does Mac OS X Server offer? LCFG now provides some Mac OS X support but we haven't looked specifically at using Mac OS X Server ourselves. There doesn't seem to be any price advantage over Linux.
  • Event-driven or parallel sorts of startup systems replacing init - prompted by some chat about Solaris 10 and by this from Carwyn. We've built up some expertise with upstart and we're following the progress of systemd with interest.
  • Linux Virtualization. We've now spent several years using VMware, KVM and VirtualBox but now our virtualisation services are moving to KVM.
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