Archive for May, 2008

Ubuntu Server Team 20080528 meeting minutes

Posted in Ubuntu Server meeting minutes on Thursday, 29 May 2008 by Robbie

IRC logs of the meeting can be found here.

Ubuntu virtualization meta package

kirkland uploaded to his PPA a set of packages that help getting started with kvm virtualization. The next step is to get them into the intrepid repository. mathiaz pointed kirkland at the NewPackages process.

Specification writing

dendrobates stated that people who had chaired a session during UDS had to write the corresponding spec now. The deadline for spec writing is Thursday, June the 5th. Specs targeted for Intrepid will be added to the Server Team Roadmap and be reviewed during the Server Team meetings.

dendrobates also asked to check if there was already an existing blueprint registered in launchpad that could be re-used before registering a new one. If so he can update the blueprint information (such as drafter, approver, etc…).

Discussion on current status of J2EESupport option

Koon is working on the J2EESupport spec. He has listed all the available options and has started to look into Tomcat and Geronimo. These products have a modular approach where plugins can be installed to add additional components of the J2EE stack. dendrobates said that modularity in packaging is desirable.

Koon raised the question of maven, as it cannot be used to build a package the debian way: it downloads at build time all the build deps, dozens of jars from everywhere. That would require a lot more packaging work than packaging geronimo itself.

Koon will keep working on the matrix and hope to have it complete by Friday.

Front end for ubuntu-vm-builder

kirkland created a simple frontend for generating the verbose arguments ubuntu-vm-builder accepts. It’s javascript, so it runs in your local browser, no posting of passwords and machine configurations over the net.

There was some discussion about rewriting the page using ActiveX – it didn’t get far due to a lack of interest in this technology.

Status of the Ubuntu Server Survey

nijaba reported that upstream fixed security issues raised by kees’ audit of the web application. The next step is a second audit so that limesurvey can be hosted on the Ubuntu infrastructure. kees said he may be able to audit the new version by Tuesday.

owh added that he joined the ubuntu-marketing team. He is looking at ways to collaborate between the two teams. The Ubuntu Server Team survey could be the first item of cooperation. A potential date for the launch hasn’t been agreed upon.

8.04.1 LTS release

zul has been tracking bugs and uploading fixes to hardy-proposed. He asked for more testing.

Darwin Calendar Server

owh pointed out that Darwin Calendar Server is available in the intrepid repository.

Agree on next meeting date and time

There was some discussion about moving the meeting time. mathiaz will send an email to the ubuntu-server mailing list with a new proposal.

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 4th at 21:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting.

The Ubuntu Server Team turned one !

Posted in Ubuntu Server on Monday, 26 May 2008 by Robbie

Well… Not really actually ;). The Ubuntu Server Team was one of the very first team of the Ubuntu project – founded on 2005-11-08 according to Launchpad. However it hadn’t been very active until a year ago when Canonical decided to hire developers to nurture the Ubuntu Server product.

Here I am – Mathias Gug, the first member of the Ubuntu Server team within Canonical. My first contact with the Ubuntu Development team was at UDS Sevilla last year. Since then I’ve seen the Server Team growing both within Canonical and in the Ubuntu community.

By the time Gutsy was released the Server Team had grown to six members on the Canonical side. The ubuntu-server team in Launchpad had doubled its size and we were holding IRC meetings twice a month. UDS Boston saw the first track entirely dedicated to Ubuntu Server. It was also the first time that the most active members of the Ubuntu Server community met face-to-face and spend a whole week discussing what we wanted to do for the next LTS release.

On the way to Hardy Heron two new developers joined Canonical’s Server team and the Launchpad team doubled its size – again. Things got busier and the IRC meeting was moved to a weekly schedule in order to keep up with all the activity that was happening in the Ubuntu Server world.

Once Ubuntu 8.04 LTS was released for public consumption, we all headed to Prague for the Intrepid Ibex UDS. On the first day the Ubuntu Server track was so packed that we had to tear down a wall in order to expand the Ubuntu Server room and give us enough space to discuss ideas and plan for the next Ubuntu release.

The Ubuntu Server community is growing. Ideas are bubbling. New features are implemented. The Ubuntu Server Blog is here to highlight all the great work done by Ubuntu Server members. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride to the Intrepid Ibex and beyond !