Week Update – SFD08 and more

Celebrating the Software Freedom Day last Tuesday 16th, we had a gathering at the University of Oslo. We counted with the presence of PING, Oslo LUG, Simula Research Labs, people from Uni and the Norwegian LoCo Team.

We hosted an InstallFest and had a little under 50 students who got Ubuntu, emacs and other software installed: Math/Python courses rule! As we were around 15 people helping with the installations and had a good internet connection, things got done quickly. We used a PXE server thanks to USIT and CDs thanks to Canonical. I have to say that I’m impressed on how well Wubi works, specially under Windows XP. It really is great to get things done with a dirty fix!

We saw some odd cases:

  • Atheros WLAN cards problems combined with Nvidia Video cards: blobs s*ck!
  • Some odd SIS Ethernet driver regression (not present in feisty, but both in hardy and intrepid): Firefox wouldn’t allow us to see any other page than google and yahoo! But SSH, telnet, ftp and other services worked like a charm… Go figure!
  • Ubuntu installation in 6 laptops end up taking more time than 40 other machines altogether – which still is an improvement from previous sessions… I mean, we started at 16.00 and went home around 23.15

Pictures from Ilmar, Pål and me are available for the interested public. Sorry if some of them are somehow wrong, I uploaded them from the phone straight to the webserver…

In other news: My first week at FreeCode is over and I am already looking forward to monday. Nothing beats working with something you truly love doing!

Next week (or as soon as my friend gets it) I will be installing Ubuntu on the Asus Eee PC 901. There are many options out there, but if somebody has a recommendation I will be very thankful to get some comments on that topic :-)

Have a great weekend everyone! And cheers to all teams worldwide celebrating the Software Freedom Day today!

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~ by huayra on 2008 September 20.

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