[Haifux] LINUX and SSDL

Yossi Gil yossi.gil at gmail.com
Mon Jan 26 21:22:50 MSK 2009

Hi Eli and Yotam:

Just to answer your questions: SSDL is a laboratory for software engineering
students at the Technion. We have 20 workstations (equipped fairly
impressively, lots of RAM, dual screens, HZs, etc.)

We migrated to Ubuntu 8.04 at the beginning of the school year. Up until
then, we used Windows.

Read all about the lab in
http://ssdl-linux.cs.technion.ac.il/wiki/index.php/Main_Page. We are located
in the second floor in Taub. I am looking forward to any cooperation: in
particular, I would be happy to make the facilities available to you guys
for your lectures, etc. T
I think that Zvi Dvir, Ronen Avarbaneal, Orr Dunkelman and Rami Rozen
were/are Technion students and I hear that you run your meetings at the

I am in the process of making welcome page to Linux, to resolve many of the
students initial fears. Here is what I wrote so far:


The links you provide are excellent!! Any chance I could use the material in
the Wiki? Anyone here interested in taking control of the Wiki sections
pages, used to introduce Linux to students?

We have a number of technical problems. Your experience here could help:

1. FF3 sometimes slows down to a halt on Flash.
2. Running FF3 is not possible if a user is logged on to multiple stations.
3. Eclipse issues...

I also have my personal technical question, which you may be able to help
in. I use Linux on a wireless home network, and I would like to do a couple
of wireless network mounts, prior to any login screens. Any ideas on how I
convince the computer to connect to the wireless before I logon?


On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 7:51 PM, Eli Billauer <eli at billauer.co.il> wrote:

> Hello,
> Let's start with the sad fact, that most active Haifuxers are not Technion
> students. In particular, not undergraduate students.
> Which brings us to my first question: What is SSDL? What have you been
> running there until now?
> My initial response (others -- please speak up if you differ) is that we
> need to figure out what the real need is. We have run Welcome to Linux in
> the past, and installation parties as well, but as time goes by it looks
> more and more like there is no need to explain how to install the system,
> but rather how to tackle it once it's up. The existence of LiveCDs makes the
> whole installation issue much less frightening ("Hey, I ran Linux on my
> computer from a CD and I'm still alive").
> Bottom line: In order to help, we need to know what the students need to
> carry out with Linux. What their needs are, and where they get stuck.
> Previous experience in the Technion with deploying Linux in a farm (hint,
> hint) gave me the impression that the students managed well with Linux, and
> so did the technical staff.
> I would also suggest having a look on these lectures abstracts, which were
> given in the past:
> http://www.haifux.org/lectures/152-sil
> http://www.haifux.org/lectures/153-sil1
> http://www.haifux.org/lectures/162-sil
> http://www.haifux.org/lectures/179
> http://www.haifux.org/lectures/191-sil
> Regards,
>  Eli
> --
> Web: http://www.billauer.co.il
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