Server Team 20090623 meeting minutes

Posted in Ubuntu Server meeting minutes, Uncategorized on June 23rd, 2009 by Dave Walker

Here are the minutes of the meeting. They can also be found online
with the irc logs here.


ivoks send an email with his proposal to move the DRBD module out of the kernel tree and use DKMS instead. He also started to work on new drbd packages to use dkms.

ACTION: ivoks to work on providing DRBD package using dkms

Hadoop packaging

ttx looked into the cloudera debian packages. He reported that the main issue was that it built hadoop from source but that the source contained binary JARs. These JAR must first be packaged separately.

The list of projects to be packaged are:

  • jets3t
  • kfs
  • xmlenc
  • JavaXMLBuilder
  • commons-cli: version 2.0

All of the existing packaging work is under the ASL-2 license. The first step to move things forward is to package the dependencies listed above.

ACTION: ttx to write down his hadoop analysis in a wiki page.


mathiaz reminded that the list of outstanding merges in main and universe is shrinking however there are still a lot of packages left. More help in merging packages is welcome.

Asterisk in Karmic

stgraber reported that the latest stable release of asterisk (1.4) had been packaged with dkms and was available from a PPA. However it was noted that version 1.6 was available from unstable. mathiaz asked which version should be targeted for karmic. The PPA is the latest stable release (1.4), Debian unstable has asterisk’s next release 1.6. More information is needed from the Debian VOIP maintainer team (wrt to supporting dkms) as well as the upstream Asterisk team.

ACTION: jmdault to research which version of asterisk should be in karmic

Discuss idea to add ubuntu-tips on motd

nijaba reported that the 7 lines of legal warning in motd could be displayed only once per admin user. kirkland has some code to handle that situation. nijaba suggested that given the reclaimed extra space, and in order to provide visibility to new or important features in Ubuntu Server Edition, we could add an ubuntu-tips package, installed by default, that would randomly display 2 lines of text at the end of the motd coming from a list of tips placed in a given directory.

There was some discussion about whether this should be done by default. The content of the tips was also mentioned: wiki page, package of the day, fortunes-debian-hints package. The next step would be to come up with a list of tips that are relevant. Implementation of the integration in Ubuntu Server can be discussed afterwards.

ACTION: nijaba to start a wiki page with proposed 2 liners.

ACTION: to send the url to the ubuntu-server@ and ask for other input

Agree on next meeting date and time

Next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 30th at 15:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting.