[brlug-general] Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik Responds... 11/21/04
ctorto1 at lsu.edu
Mon Feb 14 14:38:54 CST 2005
Any department at LSU can get a MSDNAA license for $700/year which
includes XP for the labs, all server editions, basically everything but
office (which is free b/c of a university agreement with MSFT). For that
$700 you can also provide the students of any class (not majors) in your
dept with access to whatever you want from MSDN for free. And they don't
have to stop using the software once the class is over.
MS is heavily entrenched in academia in order to breed the next
generation of MS coders and admins.
Say what you want about MS, but they provide the software to academia
basically for nothing.
From: General-bounces at brlug.net [mailto:General-bounces at brlug.net] On
Behalf Of Will Hill
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2005 7:43 AM
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Subject: Re: [brlug-general] Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik Responds...
On Monday 14 February 2005 10:26 am, Andrew Baudouin wrote:
> keep your flamethrower in the closet
There's no need for invective when you have something to share. The
problem, device drivers, is one that's going away and adoption,
LSU, is up.
> Szulik: For the average person that
> needs to be able to plug in their digital camera without going into
> the terminal window, we think that the user's experience with any
> brand of Linux will be sub-par.
He should run Fedora more often. Great plugin camera support has been
since core one. I can contrast that and other excellent USB performance
under debian with buggy and useless performance under Windoze 2000,
taking cameras off could cause a system freeze and Palm users got pushed
around by ineffective corporate "security" measures. Syncing my visor
KDE and getting pictures with digikam are point and click operations
work out of the box with most modern Linux distros.
>[Awful educational FUD about W2K costing a University less than a year
What can you do with W2K server by itself that justifies the increased
workload due to viruses and all that? It's my impression that cost of
additional software and runaround are an order of magnitude more
than the initial purchase.
LSU's terminals in the Rec Center and Union have gone over to some kind
terminal running Firefox on a locked down KDE desktop. I've never seen
of them have a problem. Several computer labs have what looks like
running, which makes it easy to pull up a Konq session and move around
Students and staff are getting tired of Microsoft's problems. Last
helped a fellow grad student put Fedora on a machine that had a copy of
blow up. His room mate's fancy laptop had a copy of XP Pro that was all
hosed and he was pissed. My rad. therapy professor does all of his
presentations from powerpoint from a laptop that's as buggy as all get
It takes for freaking ever to get up the presentations because power
management is not working for him, and his wifi is looking for the
ship. Then the presentation freezes at random and occasionally the
thing crashes. You can say it works, but my 233 MHz PII laptop does all
those things faster, without having to boot and without network
Once these people go free, they won't be going back.
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