[UbuntuWomen] re-introduction

Kay Nettle pkn at cs.utexas.edu
Wed Sep 29 16:54:30 UTC 2010

I thought I would re-introduce myself and ask for some advice.

My name is Kay Nettle and I work as a linux sys admin at the CS dept 
at The University of Texas at Austin.  We have recently retired all 
our user Solaris boxes, so we decided that now would be a good time 
to move to a more package based install of ubuntu.  We had been doing 
a base install and then building most of the software ourselves.  
This has been really interesting (not always in a good way) for me, 
since I built a good deal of the software.  We are now pxebooting our 
machines to do the installs with a modified initrd (I had to modify 
the passwd and group files in base-passwd),  We have our own repository 
as well as a mirror, so our install traffic doesn't go outside the 
dept.  I've had to figure out how to get gdm to do the correct thing 
for a public lab.  Fix polkit so random people couldn't reboot 
machines, etc.  

As soon as we get some time (and round up some machines) we are going 
to try and set up an experimental cloud cluster. 

I admin the linux boxes with another person and we want to give back 
to the community.  We aren't really sure what would be the best way.  
We thought about a web page explaining what we did and the problems 
we have run into.  We also thought about testing, since we install 
gnome, kde, xfce and lots of other window managers.   If anyone has 
any suggestions, please let me know.  


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