Radical idea for X-modmap problem.
Juliusz.Chroboczek at pps.jussieu.fr
Thu Jul 30 06:45:03 PDT 2009
>> (Nowadays, the servers are fairly ordinary PCs running Linux, with
>> a few Solaris machines to make the older system administrators
> (I'm afraid to ask how old is 'older'.) (Grad students, maybe?)
Most students don't care, as long as they get whatever userspace tools
they need to do their coursework; the ones that do care (Ubuntu fans,
mostly) bring their own laptops to practicals. It's the system
administrators who tend to have strong preferences.
> I'm wondering about the connection from terminal to server, and how much
> bandwidth would be typical for such a setting.
100Mbit switched ethernet is fine (native X, not compressed), as long as
the latency is low enough.
In the departments I know, however, this model is slowly dying out. Now
that fairly powerful fan-less PCs are available at a reasonable price,
we've been migrating to netbooted, disk-less workstations (root mounted
over NFS). This makes it possible to use things like Eclipse, which
would overwhelm the centralised servers.
> (I'm assuming that college students would spent substantial time
> watching X-rated videos on their X-terminals ;-)
Our students lead fulfilling lives, and have no need for the cheap
ersatz of a sex life that is provided by commercial erotica. And
they've all got ADSL at home nowadays ;-)
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