8 Apr 2002 mdekkers   » (Journeyer)

Got a lot of little nagging stuff done today - paperwork and related kinds of trash. Am also penguinizing a Compaq Presario 2700, but it is not going all that smooth. This machine does not like Linux.

The victim (hapless co-worker) needs VMWare with XP Pro, and since this machine is not happy with Linux, the VMWare installation process is pretty painful. The modem is crap, the sound settings don't seem to stick for some reason, the ext3 disk decided that it is ext2, NFS mounts are spotty at best.

Putting the final touches on the Community Council proposal for Openoffice - hopefully get it out of the way tonight.

Really need to finish the Linux Desktop setup here at work - most of it ready, but ran into some weird-ass bugs - KDM totally locks up the server when a remote connection is made to it - requiring a hard reset. bugged it, and was informed this was impossible. Tried on 2 different machines, same results. XDM works fine, so will just go with that. I suspect the particular kernel i'm using is the culprit (2.4.16-64GB-SuSE). nss_ldap is giving me a different set of problems, is basically not getting stuff out of LDAP for me - don't really have the time to sort that out, so will set up a central set of files somewhere to get that working, and play with nss_ldap later on.

OpenAFS works like charm so far - am seriously impressed with this particular system. Next stop - the desktops.

If anybody actually reads this, and is wondering about the rambling: I am setting up a Proof of Concept desktop environment (no, I didn't do the crappy writeup) that is mainly based on Linux. 30 Desktops (our whole unit) will use a thin-client like desktop, running KDE, OpenOffice, Notes (Either via CrossOver Office, if that proves unworkable on a large scale, via Citrix) and some other assorted applications. All this will run on a 100% Linux back-end.

We will use this for a few months, and is successfull, we will suggest other departments and ministries to start using this. getting in touch with SuSE is like pulling teeth though, and likewise IBM. The only really responsive company so-far was CodeWeavers - hats of to those people, they do a great job.

I hope to get the whole backend production-ready by tomorrow.

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