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Comment Everything runs Linux here (Score 1) 432

At the University where I study, pretty much everything runs on Linux or other UNIX-based systems. Even a large amount of the student population runs Linux as their preferred OS.

Students and staff have an LDAP account. All mails go to your .maildir and you can upload your personal website to your public_html folder in your home directory. Wherever you go, chances are there's a number of headless PXE booting terminals that boot a Linux environment according to your status and privileges and also mount your central home directory.

Local WLAN offers 802.1x authentication, VPN and IPSec and unencrypted access with a web-based authentication gateway. To remotely access resources, you can either use VPN and mount your home directory via NFS or ssh to a public student server and do ssh forwarding from there or use X11 forwarding.

Pretty much all operating systems are supported. Detailed instructions and support are provided for Windows, Linux, OS X.

I am aware that this setup is not very common, but it does prove that it is indeed possible to run the IT of an entire university with thousands of students on Linux and support every major operating system.

I'm also sure that you university could easily support Linux if they only wanted to. Linux already supports nearly every protocol you could throw at it and most Linux users know what they are doing. Just enable some non-proprietary protocol, post an example configuration file and you should be good to go.

Some examples of how good Linux support looks like can be found here and here.

Comment Re:Hit me badly too (Score 1) 286

Just as a second opinion: I agree with the sibling post. Your layout is quite a bit confusing, I got lost in the navigation and your front page has tons of links that might get identified as keyword spam (your link texts are way too good and specific). Also, you might want to try decriptive URLs, i.e. having the car's name as part of the URL.

Comment MOD PARENT UP! (Score 3, Informative) 2254


That preferences page still works and slashdot is usable again. Thank you :D

Also, I've said it before and will say it again: please leave D1 available as an option for those of us who do not feel at ease with the new discussion system and thank you, dear slashdot developers, for spending your time on our good, old-fashioned and trusted D1 keeping it somewhat bug free and usable across all those changes that /. has gone through in recent years. It's greatly appreciated and one of the reasons I vote with my wallet and subscribe to this site.

Comment Re:Classic Discussion System (D1)? (Score 1) 2254

Did D1 ever support that? Maybe I missed that option, back when there actually were tons of options to get /. just right for your needs. I've always read at threshold +3, nested with reparenting and can't for the life of me figure out where to move those sliders to get 30 - 45 comments at +2 or +3 like I'm used to.

Comment Insurance file? (Score 2) 429

That "th3j35t3" guy appears to be a major idiot, admitting to various DDoS attacks and being very public about his actions and convictions.

He's even gone so far as to develop his own pretty DoS tool with green fonts on black background with twitter integration that exploits uber-secret knowledge, like opening many connections that slowly feed http headers to apache, thereby using up all available children.

What will be interesting, though, is his own encrypted insurance file, that supposedly contains various information about the people behind wikileaks, although - like the wikileaks insurance file - you can't really prove it contains anything but random garbage. I rather choose to believe that the guy is a bored, stupid teen who read too many articles about the fantasy anarcho-hacking world of the 90s...

Comment Re:Redundant? (Score 2, Insightful) 264

The point is called efficiency. If you need to have a short discussion *right away*, a good old-fashioned phone call is still the way to go. Low latencies, rapid request/response cycle and unlike texting/IM, you'll know immediately whether the person on the other end is actually available right now.

And no, I'm not an old fart who just doesn't want to use modern stuff. I use texting, IM and email every day and they are useful things to communicate *asynchronously*. Want to inform me of something (one-way communication) or tell me something that doesn't warrant my immediate attention? Send a text or IM. If you need a response right away, why the hell contact me on an unreliable medium with high latencies? Yes, that *does* include IM. It's perfect for idle chit-chat or long stretches of discussing things while both parties are concurrently working on the same thing, but if you want require undivided attention, don't contact me over a medium where I spend most of my time waiting for you to type out a message.

If you really want to completely ignore calling as means of communication then feel free to do so. Just be aware that while you're still engaged in a staring contest with your phone trying to ask what to buy for dinner I'll already be on my way to the cashier.

Comment Re:2000 packages? 85% more code? (Score 1) 228

I didn't mean to imply that one of those was better - I regularly use and am sysadmin for both of them. What I meant to say was that there are so few packages compared to debian because redhat's enterprise-class phone support will support bugs and configuration issues for all ~2500 packages and many of their engineers have deep understanding of or are involved with the upstream projects. You simply couldn't afford to have people available 24x7 with guaranteed response times for the number of packages in debian's repositories.

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