Server Team 20091209 meeting minutes

Posted in Ubuntu Server meeting minutes, Uncategorized on December 9th, 2009 by Dave Walker

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

Scribe assignment

In an effort to share the burden, the responsibility and the community visibility, the meeting minutes scribe role will rotate alphabetically every week between the server team engineers. ttx will write up the current minutes, and zul will write the ones for next week. The process to follow is detailed in the Server team knowledge base. mathiaz can give access to the ubuntuserver blog to those missing it.

Review ACTION points from previous meeting

  • jos to find out the best time for the meeting: Server meeting time to stay the same for at least the next month or two

Check blueprint status and progress for the week

Everything is green so far. The Alpha2 burn down chart is positive. ScottK mentioned that his mail integration spec still needs approval.

ACTION: jos to review/approve server-lucid-more-mail-integration

Alpha1 ISO testing

Lucid Alpha 1 candidates are now up on the ISO tracker. Everyone is encouraged to participate in testing them ! Cloud images should be up soon as well.

ACTION: smoser to push cloud dailies to ISO tracker asap

Assigned and to-be-assigned bugs

Nothing assigned to team needing re-assignment. Some team members are still assigned to more bugs than they should be actively working on, so this might need more review. No red flag raised.

Weekly Updates & Questions for the Kernel Team

KSM has been turned on and should land in post-Alpha1 kernels. It requires user space to use the madise system call to mark pages for sharing. That’s expected to be part of soon-released qemu-kvm 0.12. jjohansen still has to go through and update the EC2 configs to be more like virtual. On the table is also ramdisk-less images, -virtual kernels with all reasonable disk drivers for root devices as built-in, and Hz. This will be tracked in a bug that smoser will open.

ACTION: smoser to open bug for kernel team follow-up

Development sponsorship

Every server engineer with sponsorship capabilities is expected to spend one hour a week sponsoring stuff. The easiest way to track that is to do it every week at a fixed time, and combine it with Code reviews.

ACTION: zul, kirkland, mathiaz to sign up for sponsoring time on

Developer communication

Developer communication rules have been recently updated, please have a look at them and do the right thing.

soren’s QA project for Alpha2

Until Alpha-2, soren will be in the QA team, rather than the server team, working on automating a lot of the testing we are doing for servers. So far he has enabled a few test suites in package builds and set up kvm-autotest to do scripted, interactive testing.

Open Discussion

Instead of rewriting all Ubuntu Server python code in Perl, we plan to rewrite Jos in Python. Daviey encourages everyone to submit their Ubuntu Server tips to

Agree on next meeting date and time

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 16th at 14:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting.