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Jodi Thomson jodi@w...
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
email: jodi@w...

"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 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.
> -k.
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