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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 13th February 2008
Buccleuch Place Ground Floor Seminar Room

Toby Blake, Roger Burroughes, Tim Colles, Ken Dawson, Alison Downie, Ian Durkacz, Ewan Grant, Bill Hewitt, Jennifer Oxley, Stephen Quinney, George Ross (convener and minutes), Alastair Scobie, Craig Strachan, Simon Wilkinson
  1. Apologies for absence


  2. minutes of the last meeting.

    These were accepted.

  3. Report from Computing Executive Group
  4. Frontline Support Issues
    1. Extra lab machines

      Alastair will discuss with Stuart.

    2. Additional test accounts

      The meeting was strongly of the opinion that there should be no shared accounts, as this would make auditing essentially impossible. Personal temporary accounts could be issued; the account management procedures might need to be updated to note the requirement to ensure that these are deleted along with main accounts.

      The new account management system (prometheus) should make this kind of thing easier to do in future.

  5. Reports from units.

  6. Topics for discussions

    There was a wide-ranging discussion of the recent IS-organised Linux Supported Desktop RPM Repositories Proposal and whether and how our own software packaging standards should be defined. The following points emerged:

  7. AOCB

    Simon noted that a recent patch to OpenSSH had probably broken logins for FC8 and ubuntu users, and maybe Mac users as well. The release management mechanism would make it tricky to back out, so he would look into providing a patch for the login servers. Alternatively there's a client configuration workaround...

    The next meeting will be on February 27th in JCMB 2511 and chaired by George Ross.

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