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It would appear there has been a serious outage of systems in the SoC. I have contacted support to inform them of the issues however as the e-mail system is included in the outage it seems unlikely they will get the message. So far the affected systems seem to be mail, news, www, cslin-gps, csms8, csms10. Lets just hope that the long Easter weekend break doesn’t mean the systems will be down until Tuesday. Updates will be posted here when I get them

Keen eyes will notice a large number of the folks on here are back helping out in labs this week. You are encouraged to ask any first year java related questions of us but don’t forget we’re a dab hand at lending a hand with any other programming related questions too, so coursework related questions for other programming modules are also welcome ;) Be sure to prevent us getting bored by popping in to DEC-10 and taking advantage of this opportunity!

Due to some kind of chemical leak, supposedly from Physics the DEC-10 computer lab will be closed tomorrow for health and safety reasons. Now we just have to find the physics student or member of physics staff responsible so we have someone to blame for the closure of our favorite computer lab….

If you can avoid DEC-10 today then do; it seems that the air conditioning has failed/been switched off and as the sun warms the side of the building and the computers churn out their own heat contribution the temperatures are getting uncomfortably high.

Much as I’m aware not all that many people care on the subject of OS’s there is a definite free theme going on today, many people preparing to throw off the mantle of Microsoft ™ and step into pastures new, where open source grazes free and programmers roam the land on their compiler steeds, herding software forward, ever-changing to green lands where all will be Free…

Anyway, enough of that metaphor, I fear I’ve already managed to go somewhat deep…

The point of this post (I think so at least) is that today in the SoC there is an “Installfest” organised by the knight errant that is CompSoc, rushing to save those poor “damsels” in need of a decent Linux install (ok, I really should stop with the metaphors I know, but they just sort of slide on in without me mangaing to notice, flowing throughy my fingers… ).

So who knows what will have happened by the end of today, which students will have started a love affair with which distro, who will have been seduced into the arms of another… We shall find out come tomorrow…

Myself, I’m happy to just go and get suggestions on light-weight distros for my aging but oh-so-tiny Portege 3490 (shameless plug) They really don’t make them like they used to…

Anyway, apparently there may be further goings-on afoot after this developmental extravaganza, as there’s some sort of alcohol-induced stupor being organised at Sarann’s house… This may give us more cause for gossip, but that is what this is for :)