"Linux in Universities" Round Table

On November 12th, 2002, the united Los Angeles Linux User Groups were pleased to present:
"Round Table with Red Hat: Linux in Universities -
what's keeping us from rolling out Linux on the desktop?"

This event was one of many stops on Red Hat's Road Tour 2002. Red Hat has a diary of each day of the trip online, but haven't yet written up their Los Angeles stop -- perhaps we gave them so much feedback, they got indigestion :-)

Video

The world-famous Linux Public Broadcasting Network filmed the event, and is making streaming video of the event available. If you enjoy the video, please consider making a donation to support LPBN.

Summary

Here's a very brief summary of the event; watch the video if this whets your appetite.

The round table was at USC's Taper Hall of Humanities, room THH 202. About 80 people attended -- very close to the expected number. It started off with about an hour of informal questions and answers, and a demo of Red Hat 8.0, followed by an hour-long panel discussion.

The demo of RH8.0 was actually useful - I find its menus confusing, and having them explain where they're headed gave me some comfort that things in 8.0 are an improvement and that 8.1 will be better.

The four sysadmins on the panel seemed to agree that being able to manage a large number of desktops easily was important, and we talked about how to do that. The EON(?) project at some university (I ran into this a few weeks ago, but can't find the name or a link) was given as an example of a slightly customized version of Red Hat. Other likely examples: www.linux.ncsu.edu/realmkit, linux.ait.iastate.edu.

The sysadmins from businesses tried to pound into Red Hat the importance of letting medium-sized businesses give Red Hat money by purchasing inexpensive (e.g. $5000/$10000) yearly support contracts without having to talk to a salesman.

Quite a few questions from the audience got answered (e.g. about AFS, embedded development).

Panelists

The panelists were the four fellows from Red Hat: along with four local Linux users with experience deploying Linux at universities or corporations:

Related Pages

See also www.kegel.com/linux/edu for more information about deploying Linux at universities, including streaming video of a talk on the topic presented earlier this month at USC as part of the Southern California Linux Expo.