The minutes for 26th August were approved.
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Report from Computing Executive Group
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Reports from Units
After some discussion, there was general agreement that there were two main requirements for new student accounts, namely that new students should not have access to their accounts until they had signed the computing regulations and that they should not have access to SL7 machines (since migrating between Mate on SL7 and Mate on Ubuntu can be problematic). It was pointed out that new users can only set their initial DICE password by using their EASE account, access to which presumably requires agreeing to the computing regulations. Toby observed that it would be possible to give new students an entitlement, the possession of which could be used to block access to SL7. Graham pointed out that these students will need access to some SL7 machine such as cluster head nodes and that it would be preferable to only block access to desktop and lab machines. Tim offered to add a suitable role in the database for blocking purposes.
Jennifer then pointed out that the tutorial materials on computing.help are still SL7 oriented and will need updating. There was some thought that Alison might be doing this but this will need to be confirmed. In summary, it was agreed that the emails to new students informing them about their DICE accounts can go out as soon as the SL7 blocking mechanism is in place.
Topics for discussion
After a short discussion, it was agreed that the default desktop environment for all Ubuntu machines should be Mate. This should also be the case for Virtual Dice. Self managed users will likely be using Gnome though and the documentation on computing.help should take account of this.
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