1 EXEC MEETING 30/05/2009 2 3 attendees: 4 5 James Iseppi (President - Chair) 6 Mark Ellem (VP) 7 Scott Wilson (secretary) 8 Matthew Franklin (librarian) 9 Russell Stuart - Member 10 Greg Black - Member 11 12 Apologies: none. 13 Proxies: none. 14 15 Meeting opened 2.35 pm 16 17 Minutes of previous meeting accepted with correction - quote from email: 18 19 "Rather we decided the exec would put the plan to all members, 20 and ask who would like to do the wiki. I said I would put my hand up, 21 and I hope others would as well." - Russell Stuart 22 23 Motion proposed by james iseppi 24 seconded by Mark Ellem 25 Passed unopposed 26 27 Item 1 from agenda - wiki configurations. 28 Wiki has been set up by exec, currently the humbug homepage. All exec members currently hold accounts for the purposes of update and content management. a exec branch has been set up, only visible by logged-in exec members. Current sysadmins have complete access to the exec branch. Backups are being done by Robert Brockway's backup script currently. Proposed backup mechanism from russell - allowing a encrypted copy of the entire wiki to be downloaded at any time - Key to be held by executive in the form of a USB key. 29 30 Greg Black has a different view - backups of not just wiki, but also site config (installed packages, config tweaks, etc) to allow restores to be done faster - rather than setup from scratch followed by restore of content. Configuration management systems proposed to allow easy backup of entire site config. Critical: distributed backup system (mercurial, bazaar, etc) steven thomas has already proposed these methods. As steven thomas will ultimately be implementing this system, final decision will be held by him - high-level requirements to be defined by exec. 31 32 Requirements as follows: 33 34 Documentation of backup processes, restore processes, so that any ordinarily competent systems administrator can both perform manual backups and restore configuration from blank slate to running system. 35 36 Revision control - A distributed revision control system to allow for configuration management, archiving of all incremental changes that are made to packages, content - both to speed backups and to allow for restoration to a previous uncompromised state. revision control to only include content and configuration settings - not binaries or anything that could compromise the restored host. 37 38 Backup method - at least a fortnightly backup schedule, preferably more frequently (nightly or weekly) including multiple sites for restore images. additionally, -exec members to be aware of, and have access to, destination hosts. 39 40 System administrators - defined as members of the -sysadmin mailing list, approved only by the executive of humbug. to be handled by current non-executive roles - ie, president able to define immediately, with confirmation at then next exec meeting. as per section 2(f) and 2(g) of the HUMBUG constitution. 41 42 This list of requirements to be sent to the -sysadmin mailing list, and accepted / confirmed at a separate meeting of the systems administrators group. 43 44 Proposed by Scott Wilson 45 seconded by Mark Ellem 46 47 passed unopposed. 48 49 * online accepting of payment for membership dues - proposed to defer until more information of possible payment methods. Investigation of possible payment methods to be handled by Mark Ellem - report to be presented at next exec meeting. 50 51 item deferred. 52 53 * membership / library DB - discussion to be held at next sysadmin meeting to investigate possible membership database forms. sysadmin meeting to be held 30/05/2009 to discuss membership / library database possibilities. 54 55 * gift for stephen thomas - dinner / etc as thanks for sysadmin duties 56 57 Proposed by James Iseppi to follow the de-facto standard "thank-you" for speakers - a meal of approx $20 value to be purchased as a thank-you. 58 59 Passed unopposed. 60 61 * purchase of AV Gear to record talks. 62 63 Matthew & Mark have been looking into approx $1300 to purchase a high-definition camera in order to record/broadcast HUMBUG talks. Discussion on frequency of usage, distribution methods, etc. Cost/performance to be discussed further on -exec mailing list. item to be deferred until price/performance is acceptable. 64 65 item deferred. 66 67 LCA Bid - accepting of proposed elections to the LCA bid committee and acceptance of voting outcomes. committee members to report to humbug exec, voting to be chaired by James Iseppi. Maximum number of members of this committee to be capped at 13. 68 69 Passed unopposed. 70 71 General Business: 72 73 Russell Stuart has been contacted by ITEE, they have asked for software freedom day CD's to be handed to robocup participants - has also proposed that HUMBUG volunteers to be committed to helping organise ROBOCUP if required. 74 75 Meeting Closed at 3:36PM.
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