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Meeting to be held at IBM Squirrel Hill at 7:30pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2016.


  • Approve minutes of the December 15th Board meeting.
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The regularly scheduled meeting of the WPLUG Board of Directors was held on January 19th, 2015 at IBM Squirrel Hill. Directors attending were:

  • Vance Kochenderfer (chair)
  • Pat Barron (secretary)
  • Justin Smith(director at large - attending by phone)
  • Terry Golightly (treasurer - attending by phone)

Directors not attending were:

  • Joe Prostko (vice chair)

The chair called the meeting to order at 7:46pm.

The minutes of the December board meeting were read. It was moved that the minutes be approved as read. The motion was adopted.

Reports of officers:

The Chair reported that he will be on vacation from Feb 11 to March 11 in Antarctica, will be out of contact and not reachable. He will try to get events set up for March (February is already set up), but won't be here to assist. The Vice Chair (or designate) will need to act in the Chair's absence, but the Chair will miss both the February and March board meetings. Antything that the Chair needs to be personally involved with must be finished up by Feb 10th.

The vice chair was absent and left no report.

The secretary reported that WPLUG currently has 17 members, with 1 due for renewal in February. 4 members lapsed in January, but has one renewed since lapsing, and one new member joined. The secretary is currently holding $40.00 in undeposited dues, one from a new member and one from the renewing member, which were was received with the members' membership forms and has not yet been relayed to the treasurer.

The treasurer reported that the checking account balance is $446.47 as of December 31st. No deposits were made in the last month. Checks and debits in the amount of $12.50 were processed (Linode hosting/backup fees), leaving an ending balance of $433.97.

The director at large reported that he will be able to act as director at large to whatever extent possible remotely from Ohio, and reported his intention to work to revive a LUG in Cleveland and seek to have that LUG work together with WPLUG collaboratively.

Reports of committees:

Technology committee: Twice now "yum update" has encountered memory allocation errors, the symptom is that main memory is available but swap is completely full, trying to run new processes doesn't work - reboot is required. May be something to keep an eye on when logging in. Justin indicates that he will have time in the upcoming week, and has previously discussed putting up a system like Nagios, and is interested in attempting to do so. Send alerts to admin@wplug.org, so they go to everyone on the technology committee. Justin states that the configuration is simple to maintain. Vance states that the problem doesn't seem to prevent Apache and MariaDB etc. from working properly.

Event committee: February GUM is set up for IBM Squirrel Hill, Nick Schembri will be presenting on ProxMox; there will be a business meeting so 2 weeks notice is required. Still working to set up a meeting for March, we are hoping Robert Blackwell will still be available, and available on the 2nd Saturday of the month - if not, we may attempt a weeknight meeting.

Investigating committee: No report

Marketing and Communications Committee: No report

New Business:

Justin stated that Kevin Driscoll, former intern at Pittsburgh Filmmakers will taking over Justin's job, has been informed of WPLUG and intends to join or apply in the near future. If we have any contacts we can help him make (assuming he applies) that would be good.

Terry stated that he wants to know if there are any triggers for subscribe/unsubscribe. It was mentioned that the list owner(s) gets a notification, and we may need to update these owners. Official lists have some board owners, others are maintained by volunteers. Vance noted that if Terry wants to moderate a list, he should let Vance or Pat know and he will be given moderator rights.

Vance stated that he is hoping to continue to fill the pipeline of future speakers, will be working on this for the next 3 weeks until his departure, by which time he hopefully can line up a couple more. Then we can have events scheduled through Spring and can list them on the wiki.

There being no further business to transact, it was moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was adopted. The meeting was adjourned at 8:14pm.