Minutes of the Technical Board meeting (2011-12-12)

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at ubuntu.com
Tue Dec 13 07:28:49 UTC 2011

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Chair: Martin Pitt
Attendees: Kees Cook, Stephane Graber, Matt Zimmerman, Colin Watson, Soren Hansen
Guests: Tim Gardner, Steve Langasek, Jonathan Carter
Full log: http://ubottu.com/meetingology/logs/ubuntu-meeting/2011/ubuntu-meeting.2011-12-12-21.01.moin.txt

Action review:
 * pitti: document brainstorm review activity → carried over
 * kees: perform brainstorm review → carried

Edubuntu LTS application
 * Still blocked on Kubuntu LTS application
 * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Edubuntu/12.04/LTS-Proposal has the list of affected applications, will still be tuned a bit to drop Java dependencies

Non-PAE kernel disposition
 * Kernel team would like to drop non-PAE kernel soon
 * TB members generally feel that (1) dropping the current default kernel is too much of a step, and (2) there is still a significant number of users which have non-PAE systems, based on Launchpad bug report data and an ubuntu-devel@ strawpoll
 * Maintaining the extra flavour is not much extra work, and not comparable to e. g. the -ti-omap4 kernel which is an entirely separate source tree
 * We need a way to prevent upgrades for non-PAE systems. Some options were mentioned:
  * Add update-manager check to not offer the upgrade if PAE is not available
  * Add libc6/linux preinst to abort the upgrade early if PAE is not available; that's not the best failure mode, but will prevent a safety net for users of `apt-get dist-upgrade`
 * '''Agreements''':
  * Switch precise over to PAE kernel by default on i386; we retain the option to revert if it causes too much fallout (Colin)
  * Drop non-PAE flavour in 12.10; this will give non-PAE systems another 5 years of life time, which is considered enough
  * Further discuss upgrade strategy/checks

Micro release Exception for Nova, Swift, Glance, and Keystone
 * https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2011-November/001142.html
 * deferred to discussion by email, as we ran out of time

Next meeting:
 * Skipping the December 26 meeting due to Christmas holidays
 * Next on 2012-01-09
 * Chair: Matt Zimmerman
Martin Pitt                        | http://www.piware.de
Ubuntu Developer (www.ubuntu.com)  | Debian Developer  (www.debian.org)
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