Open Mainframe Project TAC Meeting - May 27, 2021


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America/Los_Angeles Thu 27-May-2021 10:00 (10:00 AM)
America/Denver Thu 27-May-2021 11:00 (11:00 AM)
America/Chicago Thu 27-May-2021 12:00 (12:00 PM)
America/New_York Thu 27-May-2021 13:00 (01:00 PM)
Europe/London Thu 27-May-2021 18:00 (06:00 PM)
Europe/Amsterdam Thu 27-May-2021 19:00 (07:00 PM)
Asia/Shanghai Fri 28-May-2021 01:00 (01:00 AM)
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Meeting recording


Voting member rollcall:

  • Phil Tully, ADP ( Platinum Member )
  • Gregory MacKinnon, Broadcom ( Platinum Member )
  • Javier Perez, IBM ( Platinum Member )
  • Peter Fandel, Rocket Software ( Platinum Member )
  • Mark Post, SUSE ( Platinum Member )
  • James Caffrey, IBM ( ADE )
  • Sudharsana Srinivasan, IBM ( COBOL Programming Course )
  • Bob Dahlberg, VCU ( Mentorship )
  • Sean Grady, Rocket Software ( Zowe )

Quorum Achieved.

Other Attendees

  • Mike MacIsaac, ADP
  • Joe Winchester, IBM
  • Alex Kim, Vicom Infinity
  • Dan Horák, Red Hat
  • Sandy Peresie
  • Lauren Valenti, Broadcom
  • Mike Friesenegger, SUSE
  • Len Santalucia Vicom Infinity
  • Ulrich Weigand, IBM
  • David Edelsohn, IBM
  • Mark Ackert, Broadcom


Extracted from meeting-agenda labeled issues and pull requests from openmainframeproject/tac prior to the meeting.

  • Mainframe Open Education Incubation renewal #198
  • POC for LFX Chat/Matrix #191
  • Debian s390x support #140
  • Project updates ( list at )

Action Items


  • John M: Javier Perez will take over the TAC voting seat in-place of Enyu Wang
    • **Javier **gave a brief introduction of his background and his role
  • **Lauren: Mainframe Open Education Project Incubation renewal **presentation
    • The project has focused on the agreed to framework for the last year
    • The team has presented at many events, have done blogs, and created videos
    • The team wants to get new professionals acquainted with the mainframe
    • Results of a survey will be ready by May 31st
    • A platform for the material must be identified, github, YouTube, etc
    • Feedback from the OMP team will help
    • Sean G: Is there another step to integrate the OMP?
      • Lauren: Yes, we will build that in.
    • Bob D: The OMP TAC team can also add their own expertise.
    • John M: Asked to vote on extending the incubation period for Open Mainframe Education Project
      • The vote unanimous - Mainframe Open Education incubation phase extended for another year
  • Sean G:** LFX chat** has a lot of good features, but Slack is required by some organizations, and has a better track record.
    • Mike F: will discuss chat options with the Feilong team.
    • Alex: Who will manage the chat servers?
      • John: The Linux Foundation
  • John M: Debian support for s390x
    • Debian team is concerned there aren’t enough maintainers, so s390x could be dropped
    • Ulrich W: clarified - it’s not so much packages, as there is a need for an overall maintainer - previous developers in this role have moved on - ideally a non-IBMer would be in this role or maybe two people
    • David E: A lot of knowledge of the build process, and low-level details of the boot process of s390x are needed.
    • Mark P: Canonical should be involved as Ubuntu is based on Debian
      • John M: There were some discussions with Canonical - not sure of the results
      • Mike M: will reach out to a former s390x colleague who is now at Canonical
    • John: What is the timeline for this maintainer?
      • Ulrich: The time may have already passed
    • Johh/Bob: discussion on whether this is a good role for a mentee. Is there someone who would be a mentor in the Fall cohort?
      • Ulrich: I may not be the best person, but I could help.
      • Bob D: A definition of the project is needed.
      • Len S: Mike M, can you get a name from Canonical who will be a contact?
        • Mike: I’ll try
      • Dave E: The previous maintainer did not have a main point of contact. Could the OMP take on this role?
      • John M and Bob D discussed how this could be moved forward
      • David E: I propose that the OMP take on the role of being the point of contact.
        • Bob D: Agree this should be an action item
        • Ulrich Weigand: I will help
      • A starting group will be John, Bob, David and Ulrich
  • Around the room on **project status **
    • **Mentorship **- Summer Mentorships start Monday (June 1) - 16 Mentees
    • Ambitus
    • **CBT Tape **- Sam Golob: one retiree updating new releases
    • **Consolez - **Mike Maclsaac
    • Mike Fresengger: Feilong
    • Sandy Peresie - GenevaERS
    • Sandy Peresie - **Open z/OS **- download systems programmer’s tools - automated tools