These were accepted.
The contact form has now been removed. Jim Bednar's intention is to use PURE. Defer for 2 months.
Some progress. Deadline of end of February.
George asked for this to be deferred for 2 months.
Toby now to action proposed changes so this will be tracked elsewhere.
Ian has made further enquiries about the number of accounts. Some Units have been resolving potential vulnerabilities but there are still a number which should be investigated quickly. Subsequent to the meeting, Ian sent round an email summarising these 'High Impact' vulnerabilities for Units to action.
Blog articles suggested:
Blog articles completed:
Report from Computing Executive Group
Ian asked for futher clarification about the suggestion to look into ways of helping with teaching that is mentioned in the Computing Plan. He also asked for some clarification of what is happening with the possible CO restructure. Ian asked what progress had been made with item 1.23 (Ancient institute machines) - will bring back in April.
Reports from units
Note that the lighting in the server room is due to be replaced soon - probably towards the end of this week.
Mavericks needs a newer version of tunnelblick, which changes the way that configuration files are handled. This might also apply to other OS X versions. The computing.help page has been updated.
Topics for discussion
The agreement was that there should be some policy on this e.g. firewall holes on XP machines will be closed. It was suggested that a blog article and/or an email to sys-announce would be appropriate. We should try to identify all Windows XP machines with static IPs and speak to the users individually. Will take to CEG to be finalised.
Windows XP - end of life.
AOCBWe discussed Phil's recent problems with firefox (frequently losing bookmarks). Neil wondered whether it might be worth giving him a local home directory so that AFS could be ruled out but that would clearly result in his bookmarks not being transportable. Local home directories have been discussed previously and Neil will check with Alastair whether there is commitment to this. Other users have seen similar behaviour but not to the same extent as Phil as far as we know.
Stephen reminded everyone about the ITPF Linux Day on 14th March. He subsequently emailed COs with details.
Toby agreed to send an email to sys-announce regarding the recent Apple Security Vulnerability and advising users to upgrade their OS. He did this immediately following the meeting.
Jennifer asked for advice on the response to be given to users seeing the getcwd problem. Basically there's not much that can be done for now other than to advise people that it's a known bug and should be fixed in a release that is currently undergoing testing. We don't know when it will be ready for general release but if there are any users prepared to try out a test version, we should encourage them to do so. (David Sterratt was suggested as a possible candidate).
The next meeting will be on 12th March 2014 at 10:00 in IF-4.31, chaired by Craig.
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