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The Dice Project

Operational Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 26th February 2014 in IF-4.31

Ross Armstrong, Toby Blake, Lindsey Brown, Neil Brown, Roger Burroughes, Chris Cooke, Alison Downie (convener and minutes), Ian Durkacz, Jennifer Oxley, Stephen Quinney, Iain Rae, Gordon Reid, George Ross, Craig Strachan
  1. Minutes of the last meeting

    These were accepted.

  2. Actions

    Actions discussed:

    Actions added:

    Actions completed:

    Blog articles suggested:

    Blog articles completed:

  3. 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.

  4. Reports from units

  5. Topics for discussion

    1. Windows XP - end of support

      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.

  6. Items for the Computing Systems blog

    Windows XP - end of life.

  7. AOCB

    We 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).

  8. Next meeting

    The next meeting will be on 12th March 2014 at 10:00 in IF-4.31, chaired by Craig.

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