[ilugc] Linux in college
- From: vcs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (V C Srivathsan)
- Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 19:20:14 +0530 (IST)
2, I would bet on the enthusiasm of the younger generation than the
initiative of the older. Why not start Linux user groups/ study circles/
discussion groups in every college across streams not necessarily CS. The
reverse pressure would probably make people sit up.
There coudnt be a more valid point. Enthusiasm is contagious, and the only
way to make teachers enthusiastic about GNU/Linux is the students putting
enough enthu in it.
I remember my B.E college, where our computer lab was a
strictly MS/Novell only lab. There was an old old Magnum SCO unix server
which had never been used enough, and no one ever had any intention of
using it either. The teachers were indifferent, all they were
interested in is giving assignments to the students and seeing the
output of the program on the screen.
This was when the Linux bug bit me. We formed a small
group and pestered for permission to install Linux on 1 machine. A week
and couple of hdd formats later, we got the install to work! That was the
start of a movement (so to say..). By the time I finished my degree, my
college's mail/web/proxy etc servers were running on GNU/Linux. The
network was now equally divided as Windows/Novell Lab and the Linux Lab.
No wonder, max crowd wud always be sitting at the Linux terminals. There
was an even more enthu crowd among my juniors who were innovating with
Linux at all levels!
I hear that now MS software is being used only for official (documents)
purposes and for all educational purposes, Linux rules! We were able to do
this only bcoz of a small group of enthusiasts drove the other students to
use the better alternative for learning their C/C++ skills on, and when
students are hell bent on using Lin, the teachers cant be far behind!!
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