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Meeting to be held at IBM Squirrel Hill at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016.


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The regular meeting of the WPLUG Board of Directors was held at 7:30pm on September 20th, 2016 at IBM Squirrel Hill.

In attendance were:

  • Vance Kochenderfer (Chair)
  • Justin Smith (Director at Large)
  • Pat Barron (Secretary)
  • Terry Golightly (Treasurer)

Not attending:

  • Joe Prostko (Vice Chair)

The meeting was called to order at 7:32pm.

The minutes of the previous (September 20th) board meeting were read. Vance offered these corrections: "Program committee" is actually "events committee". Spelling for Martin Geherke's name was incorrect. In the technology committee report, "Pyzor" is spelled with a 'y'. The minutes were adopted as corrected.

Reports of officers:

Chair: As it was previously delegated to the Chair to determine the October/November GUM dates, the dates shall be October 29th 3-5 pm and November 19th 3-5pm.

Vice chair: No report.

Secretary: WPLUG currently has 16 members. 3 memberships due to lapse through the end of October, 1 has been renewed. Lapsing members were notified previously.

Treasurer: Per the checking account statement, WPLUG's checking balance as of 9/30 is $355.47. One debit of $12.50 from Linode on 9/2. Deposit of $20 check for a membership renewal is still pending.

Director at large: Nothing to report.

Reports of committees:

Events committee: Martin Geherke is confirmed as speaker for the 10/29 GUM, on the topic of Intro to CFEngine. Justin Smith is lined up to present on Nagios on November 19th. These are both on the wiki at this time. With 16 members, we need to have at least 4 members show up for each of those meetings to achieve quorum. As for December plans, Vance does not have anything currently in mind, we can make that decision at the October GUM.

Technology Committee: As we discussed last month, Vance did enable the Spamhaus DNS blacklist - just recently, so there are no statistics gathered yet. It seems to be somewhat effective. Pat says his impression is things have gotten better in the last few days. Vance thinks Pat as wplug list moderator will see the most spam. Vance notes that Mailman might be configurable to send summaries once a day but not real time notifications. Vance notes that the events alias is being specifically targeted for spam, and he deactivated it entirely about 3 weeks ago, and he checks occasionally to see the volume of spam and will reactivate it when it falls off. The attempts mostly seem to be coming from the same netblock, a firewall rule has been created to block that specififc netblock, we don't know if it's a distributed activity right now. Pat installed an instance of Trac to test with. It is only an experiment right now, there is no commitment to continue to use. Justin asked about Trello, and there was a short discussion of what Trello is for. Pat notes that he was looking for something self-hosted rather than SaaS; Vance mentioned that Trello is there at their whim and is extensively data-mined. It was suggested to continue this discussion on the wplug-internet list. The main www.wplug.org page is still broken and Joe has been looking at it - Vance knows it is something to do with the redirects.

Investigating Committee: No report.

Marketing and Communications Committee: No report.

New business:

Vance followed up on a topic that was raised at the last meeting - OLF thanks WPLUG for letting them use the extension cords and power strips. Justin gave a general update on his network monitoring project; during the last board meeting it was mentioned that he did not have Nagios operational which was correct at that time. There was some miscommunication and it should be operational shortly, by the time the November GUM happens he should have about a month of operational experience with it.

Old business:


There being no further business, it was moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was adopted. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10pm.