The Lochac server is now running Ubuntu 20.04. The webmail interface has been changed to Roundcube. The upgrade proceeded with only minor hiccups and I believe we have now ironed out all of the teething problems. As always, please Ask Masonry if anything is not working as it should.
The lochac.sca.org server currently runs Ubuntu Linux 16.04. Maintenance releases for this version will cease in April 2021. Masonry will therefore intends to upgrade the sever to Ubuntu 20.04 in two phases:
- Ubuntu 16.04 to 18.04 on Monday 7 December 2020; then
- Ubuntu 18.04 to 20.04 on Monday 14 December 2020.
The main effects of the upgrade will be to back-end software that is not visible to ordinary users, such as bug-fixes, security updates, performance improvements, and so on. The webmail system, however, will be changed from the current interface (Squirrelmail) to a more modern one (Roundcube), and mailing list administrators will have the option to move from the current Mailman2 installation to the more modern and featureful Mailman3.
All services should continue to operate as normal throughout the upgrade, except for a few re-starts on the dates above. Each re-start should take no more then fifteen minutes.
Masonry is now able to provide graphic art for Kingdom Officers in need of logos, flowcharts, and other items for Kingdom documents and web sites. The Masonry Team welcomes Etain ingen Choilien, of the Barony of Ildhafn, as our first graphic artist.
The new Masonry Deputy is Lord Ælfred se leof, resident of the Shire of Adora. Ælfred joined the SCA in 1999 and since then has been dancing, brewing, researching, making just enough costumes to turn up to events in a decent state, and occasionally going to war. Outside the SCA, he is known as Nicholas Sheppard, an academic and software developer based in Wollongong, New South Wales.
All Australian websites are now being served from the new server.
Server hosting for Lochac-NZ is generously provided by Master William de Cameron.