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MPU Meeting Monday 30th July 2007

LCFG Website

Paul and Stephen met people from IS, who are working on ideas for the site. They'll bring back initial ideas in September, aiming for a final implementation in November.

The Solaris code needs a few more days' work. We need to do this, not least to give us the code we'll need broaden our support to encompass more package formats than just RPMs. Stephen will aim to get this done in time to close at the September development meeting.

Solaris Improvement Project

No further progress. Chris will check deadlines and try to get definite progress made before Craig goes on holiday.

FC6 Project

It's up for closure in Wednesday's development meeting.

SL5 Project

Alastair has put a proposal for this project into the development meeting.

Chris will organise another project meeting for the week after next (13-17 August).

The project's daily diary is now on the LCFG wiki at

The project plan is now on devproj at

LCFG Brainstorming Meeting

Stephen's made a top level Future Development page on the LCFG wiki, containing links to the brainstorming conclusions and to the collection of ideas we had beforehand.

Paul's going to talk to, and ask for comments from, the development meeting this week about the LCFG developments.

We'll then submit proposals for a buildtools project (Stephen) and an LCFG documentation project (not yet allocated) in time to be considered at the September development meeting. Whoever considers the documentation project will need to decide the scope of the project, as it could encompass a number of things.

Paul will write up the LCFG server refactoring project in time for the October development meeting.


New servers
Alastair has ordered two new Dell PE860s to replace the current LCFG slave servers - boreas and kipper as they have reached the end of their warranty. He has also purchased a Dell 1950 as a test/spare machine. It was agreed that one new slave would be placed in KB and the other in AT (in the new rack). One of the old PE750 machines would become an RPM slave (instead of the PE650 slim), the PE650 would become a replacement for the LCFG test server crisps and the other PE750 might become a virtualisation test server.

FC5 bugs
It was agreed that we need to track bugs in the FC5 platform now that there is no upstream support from fedora. This probably involves someone subscribing to bugtraq and looking for important problems for which we need to patch software.

It appears that the MSc student is surviving with the WS390 and that we might not need to order a WS490 after all. Alastair will look into whether we need to do anything further.

Stephen has made a start on the qlogic FC card support for FC6. Alastair will check what still needs to be done.

Kernel upgrade
Stephen has prepared a kernel upgrade for FC6 which provides Xen and PAE kernels. The plan is that this will go out in the stable release of 9th August if all goes well.

MacOS 10.5
Alastair still needs to get the latest version so that Chris can do the install and testing.

This Week

Alastair will:

  • FC6 project closure
  • SL5 project proposal
  • Get the latest MacOS 10.5
  • Check about the WS490

Chris will:

  • Install latest MacOS 10.5
  • Mail lcfg-discuss about the workshop recordings
  • Move SL5 journal to the LCFG wiki and update
  • More on the SL5 project
  • Talk to Craig about Solaris patching

Stephen will:

  • Write up virtualisation notes and prepare a talk for COs
  • Roll out the xfree and network component updates
  • Xen support for the grub and kernel components
  • Test new FC6 kernel
  • Review the monitoring code for Simon

-- ChrisCooke - 31 Jul 2007

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