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SL5 Desktop

Project ID: 
92
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What: 

Description: Complete the work on SL5 to allow it to be used as our DICE desktop platform replacing FC6.

Deliverables: All packages and environment for a DICE SL5 Desktop.

Why: 

Customer: All staff and students.

Case statement: FC6 has already been EOL'd and no patches are being produced. FC8 will be EOL'd in January 2009 and FC9 will be EOL'd in July 2009. FC9 is not due for release until end of April 2008 which does not leave sufficient time to produce a DICE platform based on this before June. We already have a base DICE server SL5 platform with not much work remaining to produce a desktop platform. SL5 is not due to be EOL'd until March 2010.

When: 

Status: Some packages have already been ported through an automated rebuild of all the FC6 ones. This did maybe 20% of the total, although more could probably be done via repeated builds to handle dependencies.

Timescales: An SL5 Desktop needs to be available by June.

Priority: High, FC6 has already been EOL'd so we won't get security patches. We also move into the new building in June.

Time: 2 FTE weeks over April and May.

How: 

Proposal: Port all remaining teaching and research packages to SL5. Port all other environment packages to SL5.

Resources: Effort to port packages. Last year this took approximately 2 FTE weeks, however SL5 is very similar to FC6 so hopefully most of the packages will port with minimal effort.

Plan: Port all remaining teaching and research packages to SL5. Port all other environment packages to SL5.

Other: 

Dependencies: None

Risks: Insufficient effort to port all packages. Usually a few packages are very difficult to port which may mean they won't be available until later. Not all packages in the environment are managed by the Research and Teaching Unit - other Units will need to port packages they are responsible for.

URL: https://wiki.inf.ed.ac.uk/DICE/92SL5Desktop

Milestones

Proposed date Achieved date Name Description
2008-08-31 2008-05-31 SL5 Desktop SL5 Desktop ready for end users.