Tue Sep 9 10:25:06 NZST 2003
If I recall correctly SCMS is investigating a move from Slackware to a
different distro due to its fading support. However that's not something
to take lightly, and the number of different services that SCMS support
staff have to deal with means a change won't be for a while yet.
Plus there's the old saying to bear in mind: if it works and ain't broke
- leave it alone
Jodi W. Anderson, Mr (BA, A+, MCP) - Computer Systems Consultant
Waikato University Library - Computing Operations Group
Ph: +64 7 838 4323
"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've
forgotten this before."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kim Shepherd [mailto:kims@w...]
> Sent: Tuesday, 9 September 2003 10:16 a.m.
> To: wlug@l...
> Subject: Re: [wlug] Waikato University Linux
> On Mon, Sep 08, 2003 at 08:31:01PM +1200, Edward Murrell wrote:
> > I was discussing the use of Linux at uni today. One of the
> main points
> > I was asked to defend was essentially; "Why does Linux
> sucks so much?"
> > This persons experience with Linux had pretty much centred
> round the R
> > block, and G basement computers at uni - and I can't say I disagree
> > with her. As far as I can make out, those computers are
> running some
> > ancient version of Slackware (I think?) with GNOME 1.4, and
> KDE2. Most
> > of the other WMs seem to be broken. Fonts are abysmal, and
> the default
> > browser is Netscape 4. The CDRom/fstab is only correctly
> setup on some
> > of the machines.
> > Frankly, it's embarrassing. While I can understand that the
> uni staff
> > don't exactly have time to be reinstalling Linux every six
> months, and
> > that stability is very important, this is the same config
> that I was
> > using when I attempted second year for the first time back in 2001.
> > >From a brief poke around the /proc/ fs, it's clear the machines are
> > easily capable of running something far more up to date. I would
> > really like to see something along the lines of GNOME 2.X, KDE3, a
> > fairly recent version of say Mozilla, Galeon, or Konqueror, and for
> > the love of god, decent fonts.
> > Given the varsity centric nature of the WLUG, I'm hoping
> someone can
> > tell me why the Linux machines are in such as sad state. Do
> the admins
> > not care? Or have they simply forgotten what's running there.
> > Regards
> > Edward
> Do the people raising these issues have student home
> directories? Do they browse the web using their student
> account? Do they print to charged print queues? Do they ever
> use www.waikato.ac.nz? Or igate? Do they use University mailing lists?
> There are a myriad of other services running solely on Linux,
> of course.. these are just the ones that I can think of right now.
> Then again, you're probably talking about SCMS lab PCs, which
> I've never seen, and SCMS don't use a bunch of our services anyway.
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