Committee on Information Technology

March 20, 2001

The meeting was called to order at 4:00 p.m. Present were Tim Covey and members Rhoda Channing, Tyler Koop, Jay Dominick, Lindsey Evans, Rick Matthews, Leah McCoy, Gordon McCray, and Steve Wicker..

There was discussion regarding the choice of operating system for next years ThinkPad load. Dominick noted that the security concerns with Windows 2000 raised at the last meeting had been resolved. Dominick explained why he felt that his group was not ready to support the transition to Win2000 at this time due to manpower issues. Further, there would be little time for testing the compatibility with some of the software on campus (the Voyager system in the library was given as an example). Dominick indicated that if 2000 was the choice of the committee, his group would move forward. Matthews stated ME was not necessarily a "step" forward. Channing brought up the lack of time the campus would have to address training and distribution issues if 2000 was chosen at this time. Dominick also stated the policy issues have (i.e. remote control) not been addressed at this time either. The committee decided that it was best to stay with Win98 at this time.

The new machine specifications were announced by Dominick. Of note, there is no floppy drive on this machine; however, it will come with a CD-RW. The machine is also approximately 2 lbs. lighter.

Matthews mentioned the committee should be thinking about long-range plans and brought up the issue of on-line evaluation. A discussion of the pros and cons of such a such a system ensued. Also, discussed were what parts might possibly be made public and/or private and where the system might be stored for security and verification purposes.

Respectfully submitted,

Steve Wicker