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Re: [TCLUG:3894] re: semi-related rant
A Solaris-like cachefs would fix these problems without requiring big
rdist hacks. I don't think it exists for Linux, but you might want to
On Sun, Feb 07, 1999 at 09:50:37AM -0600, Mark A. Bentley wrote:
> On Thu, 4 Feb 1999, Michael Hicks wrote:
> > <semi-related rant>
> > I get really annoyed by the University's IT Labs setup sometimes.. They
> > have almost everything served off centralized servers -- including
> > Netscape, Emacs, XEmacs, Mathematica, and other large programs.. They
> > should really look into an alternative to that.
> It would help if you would e-mail your concerns to the people who maintain
> the systems you're talking about. That would be email@example.com.
> > On any given day, my
> > telnet session is jerky and slow..
> > They should at least keep the most commonly used apps on local machines
> > (use a cron job or something to keep them updated to the newest
> > version..) Hopefully it would clear up their bandwidth a bit...
> > </semi-related rant>
> The alternative would be to install software in an rdist tree and push out
> updates when the labs are closed. What's preventing us from doing that
> right now? Client disk space, and network bandwidth.
> The networks are slowly being upgraded to 100Mbit equipment, but
> most of the building is running on 10Base-2. It's going to be quite awhile
> before that changes. 4-204 is all 100Mbit, but we have to go over 10Base-2
> to get to our machine room. Hopefully this will be the next thing to be
> It would be really nice if we had an NFS server for each subnet, and
> maintained mirrors of the software trees on each. Oh, I'm dreaming again.
> As far as Linux goes, one thing I've been working on is changing CSci over
> to RedHat. We've got about 20 RedHat systems so far, and once things are
> tested thoroughly we'll be switching to RedHat in ITLabs. Currently we're
> running Slackware35 everywhere else, mostly because the home-brew jumpstart
> system we're using makes it incredibly easy to install the clients. But
> now that kickstart is working better, I've been using that.
> The nice thing about the new PCs we've been getting in is that they have
> huge hard disks, so we *CAN* install a lot of the software
> locally...netscape, xemacs, TeX...well, everything that comes with RedHat.
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