[SATLUG] Meet at Rackspace?

Borries Demeler demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Wed Dec 15 06:45:24 CST 2010


> 
> On Tue, 14 Dec 2010 21:26:53 -0600
> mark <mark at kandm-solutions.com> wrote:
> 
> > I work in the CIS department computer lab at SAC.
> > We still install Linux on machines for students in the computer lab at
> > SAC. Unfortunately most of the students at SAC don't see learning
> > about Linux or other UNIX-likes as important. We try to highlight it's
> > importance in the lab but it is a struggle.
> > 
> 
> That is really unfortunate.  I'm am always impressed by all of the
> applications that modern Linux distributions provide...for free!!!
> 
> You can simulate electrical circuits in pspice, and design them with
> geda.  You can configure any kind of server.  You can create graphics
> and artwork with it.  You can drive a 3-axis cnc.  You can emulate a
> hardware environment. You can make 3-d graphic designs. You can program
> for AVRs, 8051s, ARMs, MSP430s, 8086s, FPGAs and more.  You can do
> bookkeeping with it.  You can take notes with it.  You can rewrite it's
> kernel, it's drivers.  You can browse, chat and email with it.
> 
> It can be everything a musician, artist, engineer, artisan, scientist,
> philosopher, writer, and boobus can ever need.
> 
> Then, again, most kids these days are content with their XBoxes,
> PlayStations and Wii's.  Ooops!!! You can emulate those!!!
> 
> It, combined with everything that open-source offers, is a great,
> magnificent, beautifully configurable tool capable of ANYTHING.
> 
> But a tool is nothing without a skilled technician.  Very few people
> seek to be skilled these days.
> 
> Unfortunate, indeed.
> 
> pcdls

...on the other hand, once I teach our students and interns about the Linux basics
I always see their eyes light up when they realize all the cool things you can do
with Linux. By the time they leave they usually are convinced that Linux is the better route.

-b.


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