Though I am new to this list I have been following this thread. I am a second
year (CS) student in Saveetha Engineering College. We have three labs (HP,
EMac, IMac) The HP labs run Windows 2000 Prof. The Macs run on OS X (10.2).
This is based on UNIX and we work in these systems for our programming and data
structures lab last sem. Though we didn't like the systems as we can edit the
text only in pico or vi, cannot use the [del] key (couldn't figure out why?).
But working in these systems were a great experience. It was very fast and very
stable (owing to UNIX). But as the Internet in the college is connected to
these systems, we have no access to floppy drives. Even the HP computers have
only a CDROM Drive. I think there is only one system in the entire college with
a floppy drive. One of our lecturer even had installed RHLinux 7 in one system
(text mode only). I may get permission from my HOD to install linux in some
systems(but I would rather not ask)
I would say many of them fear Linux because only a few know how to even login.
My lab in-charge was surprised to see me working in the linux box and advised
me to be careful as i would do some damage to the system.
May be Red Hat must give free training to college lecturers and professors
about the advanced features and security of linux. Also the syllabus can be
changed to include Linux as one unit in some paper.
Lets hope at least my juniors (when i am in the 4th year???) get to install
Linux on their own.
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