Re: what's this "nice" unix thing? I'm a sysadmin...

David Eison (
Tue, 27 May 1997 21:22:33 -0400

I just want to object to the negative attitude towards universities here.
Here at Georgia Tech the officials at the Office of Information Technology
have been incredibly supportive of the DES effort, to the extent of running
it on every piece of hardware they have during any idle cycles that show up
(not often for the big iron, but whenever possible). We're still mainly a
residence hall effort, though, because the public computers are at near-max
capacity and anyone running anything on them needs 100% of the available
cycles, not the 99.9% they'll get with DESCHALL niced to -19.

Of course, we have had the *exact* opposite response from the "Research"
section of this same University, which resorted to screaming and threats to
get people to stop "playing games on company time" (read: running the
deschall client.)


>Well, universities, probably. 5-8 years ago, any sysadmin that I bumped
>into at U of T and York would by default, to maintain proper
>credentials, would have an unbiased love and respect for the internet,
>a mindset about what proper proceedures were about, an interest in
>efficiency and avoiding kludges, following RFCs, and all the rest of
>that passe' faux-culture-for-geeks stuff. Deschall appeals to this
>mindset directly for good or bad. However, it seems that these dont
>exist anymore in universities, cuz the good ones have gone off to get
>higher paying jobs now that their services are in need outside the
>university bureaucracies.

David Eison -	206-9188
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