[Haifux] Student complaints.
eli at billauer.co.il
Mon Jan 26 22:51:10 MSK 2009
Now we're talking!
To begin with, I see that students mention problems with transporting
files to Windows. I suppose that they use Microsoft's compiler, and run
into problems with the back and forth?
Which brings me to turn to all Linux evangelists out there: You've maybe
missed it, but this is the moment you've been all waiting for: Someone
has forced CS students to use Linux in the labs. They will end up either
hating it and stick to Windows, or adopt it on their own computers,
solving most of their annoying problems. And it looks like it's going to
depend on, well, us.
There may be a need to make a LiveCD for CS students, which would
basically be the original Ubuntu disc + utilities for developing if
necessary. This could allow students to use the same environment at
home, without installing Linux on their hard disks. As this is an
recurring process (the disc will need to be upgraded as Ubuntu gets
upgraded) I can't see how it's done well by volunteers. But once someone
has done it the first time, I suppose it will be pretty easy to repeat it.
As for Eclipse: Dear Haifuxers, is any of use using it? Personally, I
don't like IDEs, and I believe I have a few people with me on this
If the policy would be to guide students to work with more down-to-earth
tools (XEmacs/vim, make, gcc, ddd etc) I suppose we have quite some
material handy, and I suppose it won't be difficult to find someone to
speak about these. I believe it's an educational choice, partly because
the programmer gets a better feel of the tools, as opposed to IDEs which
generally attempt to hocus-pocus.
As for MS Office, there's always OpenOffice, which I don't use
personally. If the real problem is compatibility between MS and
OpenOffice, it's time to remind everyone that OpenOffice exists for
Windows as well. Or use the LiveCD solution.
As for the other issues, I can only ask one question: Do you have one
Linux geek in the lab's support team? To me it seems like these problems
require a few hours each to solve, which is peanuts in terms of
employment, but too much to ask someone to volunteer for.
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