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We have a news page because the other forums can tend to be a little chatty and irrelevant -- as they should be. Latest news goes on top.

2011-08-12 live

It's official, ProgClub has! It's now a functional administrative domain of the club's. We've registered and re-delegated the domain, and it's ours for at least the next 5 years. There might be a slight delay in DNS record propagation, but disregarding that everything else is configured and ready to roll. Thanks very much ProgClub!


Administration pages protected

The various ProgClub administration pages, such as the Executive, Constitution, and Terms and conditions, etc., have been flagged as "protected" in the wiki. Only ProgClub wiki administrators (i.e. John) are allowed to change these documents. So, we won't have any silly business with our constitution or policies being re-written by spammers or trolls.

Copyrights, licenses, etc.

Each ProgClub project now has Contributors and Copyright sections that detail the copyright holders and licensing terms for the project. It all seems very professional! So far we're using the New BSD and GPL (v2) licenses, and I think that's pretty much all we're ever gonna need. Maybe one day we'll see the LGPL or MIT licenses too. The Copyright policy covers contributions to ProgClub forums and projects.

Policy updates

Mailing lists have been incorporated as a policy in the terms and conditions. The CLA in the Copyright policy was updated to cover use of ProgClub forums. The ProgClub forums copyright policy was updated to allow for copying from public domain or similar free sources. Looking forward to the day that our policies are stable!

Project template

There's a Project template that can be used for kick-starting a project along with some instructions on the Projects page. Now what we need are lots of started and never to be finished projects! (Hey, ProgClub has finished four projects, cancelled only one, have three under active development, and two on the back-burner. Not bad at all! Here at ProgClub we get things done!)


Pcwiki release

I updated the Pcwiki page with a Notes for implementers section, and posted to the wikitech-l list about my mods to MediaWiki. It'd be pretty exciting if they're interested in them!

Update: no-one is particularly interested in my contributions. :(


System upgrades

Charity has been upgraded from 256 MB of RAM to 512 MB of RAM, and system backups have been enabled. This has had a noticeable effect on performance of the web-site. It will be upgraded further if swap usage gets out of hand again. The other machines will be upgraded too if need be. At the moment provisioning of ProgClub machines is costing Blackbrick $996 per year.

IPSec troubleshooting

I've been talking to Slicehost support about the IPSec issues we've been having. They've been great -- very helpful. They're looking into trying to reproduce the error in another environment for further diagnosis. Will keep you posted if there's any resolution.

Update: Slicehost was able to reproduce the error, but they don't know how to fix it. We're giving up. We'll pursue other methods of encryption, i.e., SSHFS rather than NFS+IPSec.

Policy updates

Still trying to get our policies right. I imagine this will all settle down a little once we're established and I won't need to post a notice of policy updates every day. There is now a general terms and conditions page which introduces all ProgClub terms and conditions, and there was a minor update to the CLA in the copyright policy. All policies had some minor modifications to fix up the formatting.

Pcwiki upgrade

Pcwiki has been upgraded to support a section link on each section. These appear between the 'edit' and 'top' links. Section links will link you to a particular section on the canonical URL.

Pcldap released

A new project Pcldap has been released. It's to provide the LDAP administration facility.


Cweb planning

A new project, to develop a distributed search engine, has entered its planning phase on the ProgClub wiki. See Cweb.

Policy updates

All ProgClub policies have been updated.


LDAP progress

Progress has been made on the LDAP configuration of Charity. OpenLDAP is now installed and mostly configured. Thanks Friggles!

Policy updates

A copyright policy and a general disclaimer have been added to ProgClub's policies.


Software released

The Pcma and Pcblog projects have been released, and moved to the completed projects list. Which means...

We have a blog!

A blog is now available for ProgClub members. If a blog post falls in the woods, and there's no-one there to read it, does it make a sound?

ProgSoc fixed HTTPS

HTTPS to ProgSoc now works for its .org domain, so I've moved secure web-site to the redundant points of difference. Well done ProgSoc.

Our graphic artist is hard at work coming up with our real logo. Here's his first sketch.

Logo sketch.jpg


IPSec abandoned

IPSec is too hard. It was getting in the way of Kerberos connectivity, and I've disabled it.

Kerberos configured

The Kerberos project has been a success. Charity is now configured as the Kerberos Key Distribution Centre (KDC). We're now pending Kerberos SSH integration, and a few other things for Single sign-on.


We're still waiting for our new domain -- it's expected to be about a week off completing transfer -- but we've already mirrored the web-site, and put up a ProgRock page for antiquity.

New members

ProgClub welcomes Sclaughl and Jedd. More information available on the Members page.


Blackbrick has shelled out $500 for the domain. Soon it will be an administrative domain of the club's! Thank you ProgClub!

Email underway

We're starting up our Email project. Soon our email facilities will be functional.

Hack-fest this weekend!

Friggles will be heading to John's house in the Blue Mountains this weekend to work on ProgClub Network administration. Join us if you'd like!


ProgClub policies

ProgClub has updated Privacy, Account locking, Acceptable use and Firewall policies.

Domains are now configured

Information about the configuration of ProgClub domains is now available on the Domains page.

In brief, user domains are and, while administrative domains are and The canonical user domain is, and the canonical administrative domain is You should generally use the canonical name when writing documentation or publishing links.

IPSec is configured

The IPSec project is essentially complete. Hosts on the ProgClub network now communicate over encrypted connections.

Single sign-on is underway

The Single sign-on project has been commenced. Soon users will be able to login to the user machines.

Pcwiki released

The Pcwiki project has undergone several releases. That's the software that's driving the ProgClub wiki. With the latest version of Pcwiki comes valid HTML5 along with the validation icon that you can see on the bottom of every page, the cool green/orange/black fixed-width font skin that you see (called OldSkool), and some other minor polish. If you don't like the OldSkool skin you can turn it off.

New members

ProgClub has had its founding members sign up. ProgClub welcomes Tasaio, SanguineV, Key, Friggles, Jav, Andymcm and Kulov. More information is available on the Members page.