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Agenda for the 49th Mahara developer meeting on Tuesday, 1 December 2015, 8:00 UTC

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Chair: Kristina


  1. Topics from previous meeting
    1. mingard to talk to the Catalyst front-end developers to see what their ideas are on SASS and JS
    2. aarowlaptop to improve options for selecting icon for blocktypes
  2. Should we add some mobile browsers to our list of "supported browsers"? --aaronw (talk) 12:38, 30 October 2015 (NZDT)
    1. And if so, which ones? (My basic suggestion: Latest Safari, Android Chrome, and maybe Android stock browser)
  3. Should we start including "build tools" in the release ZIP of Mahara? (i.e. the zip files on Launchpad) --aaronw (talk) 14:54, 19 November 2015 (NZDT)
    1. See
    2. In our release process we have always removed build & dev tools (the Makefile, the /test directory, and now the theme .scss files) from the release zip file that we make available for end users to download on Launchpad. However, we've had some users say they would like to have the .scss files in order to make it easier to customize the themes.
    3. For theme developers who want the build files but are not comfortable with git, a possible workaround is to download the auto-generated ZIP file from (Once I've removed the .gitattributes file that tells "git archive" to exclude the Makefile.)
  4. Time to examine again our "supported" database versions (Postgres 8.3 and MySQL 5.1)? --aaronw (talk) 17:13, 19 November 2015 (NZDT)
    1. See also
    2. Does anyone want to collate the data from here?
  5. Deciding to go with an HTML5 media player - some options are collected (Kristina)
  6. Next meeting and chair
  7. Any other business

Additional notes

Here's the data from the last time we examined the supported MySQL versions:

Mysql version 5.1 has been packed in old major UNIX/LINUX distributions which support for servers. See the following table for more details (source:

Major UNIX/LINUX distributions support MySQL 5.1
No Distribution Release MySQL version
1 Ubuntu 9.10 - 11.10 5.1.37 - 5.1.58
2 Debian GNU/Linux squeeze (6.0) 5.1.49
3 CentOS 6.5 (current release) 5.1.71
4 Fedora 11 - 14 5.1.32 - 5.1.51
5 RedHat EL 6.5 (current release) 5.1.71 - 5.5.x
6 Open SUSE 11.2 - 11.4 5.1.36 - 5.1.53
7 Free BSD 8.0 - 8.2 5.1.39 - 5.1.55
8 Slackware 13.1 - 13.37 5.1.46 - 5.1.56
9 Open BSD 4.7 - 5.4 5.1.42 - 5.1.70

MySQL 5.5 and 5.6 are going to be replaced by mariadb in many OS distribution, source: