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Note Note: Please assign yourself to any task you are willing to pursue

Feature Tasks[edit]

The tasks here include new configurations, features, and projects for the LUG infrastructure. Members may take these up as side projects. For more generic projects or tutorials that new members can do, see Projects.

Priority Task Assigned Notes
1 Separate routing from madrid
  • madrid way too bloated with other roles
  • David suggests to repurpose a Mac Mini into a router
    • need a way to get another NIC in there
    • this seems like a good USB-Ethernet, if we go there:
1 Upgrade workstations to Ubuntu 16.04 Michael, Colin
  • install/configure puppet on all the nodes
1 Configure upsmon software for UPS
1 Renew SSL certificate for
  • generate CSR and send to CS dept
  • check current certificate and match config (especially altname)
2 Install DD-WRT on Kanye's iPhone (WRT54Gv6)
2 Set up gitolite hook to reload server on push
2 Set up OpenStack DavidN
  • Prerequisite: migrate away from westwood
  • Proposed new network map:
    1. (phys) Routing/DNS
    2. (phys) NFS
    3. (virt) LDAP/Kerberos
    4. (virt) Website/webcam
    5. (virt) Database
    6. (virt) VPN/SSH
    7. (virt) Puppet/Git
2 Split up madrid functions into two VMs
  • VPN should be its own VM
  • everything else can be in the other
2 Obtain new server hardware DavidN
  • current plan: buy 2U chassises and consumer internal components?
  • sketch out plan forward; we will include that in our budget for 2016-2017
2 Create landing login server
  • only pubkey access, from there access to internal servers
3 Add an IRC widget to website
  • connecting to #lug at
3 Enable http2 for web server will require migrating from apache to nginx
3 Install Piwik
3 Set up software mirrors
3 Write/improve pages on this wiki!
3 Write plugins/checks for Nagios
  • check RAID status of all the arrays (check_raid plugin)
  • check that NFS is mounted on ssh and web servers
  • check that the remote backup server is online and accessible
  • check that the webcam feed received on the web server isn't the same as it was yesterday (perform md5 checksum of lastsnap.jpg)
3 Configure SSL auth for puppet mcollective
3 Make a book lending system
  • steps:
    • organize and catalog books
    • write web interface for lending system
4 Upgrade mediawiki
4 Configure mail servers for LUG
4 Set up a LUG blog
4 Configure LDAP support for this wiki
4 Configure NFS to work through Kerberos
4 Set up the Linux Users Media Player Troy, Andy
4 Migrate from gitolite 2 to gitolite 3

Administrative Tasks[edit]

These tasks mostly consist of fixing hardware or other miscellaneous administrative tasks.

Priority Task Assigned Notes
2 Add new officer profiles Everyone
1 Catalog our equipment Vincent, DavidN
  • decommission some of the random devices (the laptop, Berlin)
  • figure out which monitors, desktops, etc. work, and label them
  • end of the year yard-giveaway?
2 Solicit sponsorship Michael
  • companies like digitalocean or linode may be much more receptive
  • contact distro outreach teams (ubuntu, fedora, etc) for promotional swag
2 Get bitcoins DavidN, Michael
  • will be converting $42 or so to bitcoins
  • using coinbase
  • status: need to verify with UCU on how to use checking acc # online
2 Get more books
  • ask CS dept
  • wishlist: SICP, Pragmatic Programmer, K&R


Due to popular requests for projects that new members can try out (not necessarily LUG infrastructure-related), here is a list of ideas for possible things to do. More experienced LUG members can write tutorials or provide assistance to do these projects.

Ideas for projects should ideally involve something practical and useful in the real world, or at the very least, build a good conceptual foundation for future useful work.

Difficulty starts at 1 (easiest) and goes up in difficulty.

Difficulty Project Notes
2 Compile/install a custom kernel
  • At the minimum, add a custom CONFIG_LOCALVERSION
  • Possibly think of some other change to kernel code that results in visible changes in userland
1 Install a user-friendly distro
  • A user-friendly distro is one that comes battery included (Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, etc.). They should work out of the box.
3 Install a minimal distro
  • A minimal distro is one intended for servers (CentOS, Debian server) or for heavy user-customization (Arch, Gentoo).
1 Set up a local bind9 server with custom zones
  • Useful exercise to learn DNS from the perspective of an admin
3 Set up a working email server
  • Useful exercise to learn underlying email concepts (SMTP, MTA, MUA, etc.)
3 Set up a cluster of raspberry pis
  • Do something interesting with it, e.g. distributed computing
  • Can be used to learn configuration management as well
1 Learn to use Docker
  • Create a custom service container (e.g. bind9 process) and transfer it to another machine
  • Should also understand the pros/cons of Docker's single-process philosophy
2 Learn to use LXC
  • Spin up a cluster of containerized hosts on a single machine
  • Provides more understanding of containers (cgroups, namespacing) than Docker exposes
3 Write a HTML5/Javascript PGP Web of Trust visualizer
  • Fun way to learn about PGP and the web of trust model
1 Set up a LAMP or other web framework stack
  • Can customize stack with Nginx, postgresql, Django, nodejs, RoR, etc.

Future Tasks[edit]

These are tasks that are explicitly blocked at the moment due to various circumstances.

Task Notes
  • at the moment, our upstream ( has not set up DNSSEC