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June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #987
looks like iʹm going to be working at mcmurdo next summer and iʹm wondering about the public computing situation. are there any linux boxes available for use by the general populationʔ will the it department let you boot their public computers off livecdsʔ iʹm a hobbiest programmer, but donʹt have a laptop so i was wondering if thereʹs any hope of playing with one of my pet projects on the ice. thanksǃJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8904
too geeky for me. i havenʹt a clue. i do seem to recall not being allowed to run unix, but i could be wrong. in fact back to the start. iʹm clueless. mike in mcmurdoJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8905
no public-access linux boxes that i know of.booting off a cd is… not advisable.can you buy a cheap laptop before deploymentʔJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8906
so do you really need to bring a computerʔ no general use computers for email and what have youʔ thanksǃ bingJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8907
mike – just crossing my fingers and hoping your recollection is wrongǃ <ǃ-- s:) --><ǃ-- s:) -->glenn – thanks for the inputǃ i donʹt think iʹm going to have the cash to buy a laptop before i leave, might be able to scrounge something up from workʹs junk bin and fix it up but thatʹs not too likely (iʹm a tech at a computer repair place.) a big chunk of what iʹm working with is fancy gui stuff, so it needs to be a local machine since iʹd bet the connection down there is too high latency/low bandwidth for a remote connection. sounds like i might just have to befriend a geek of one sort or another and use their machine…bingshan – i havenʹt been to the ice yet, but my impression is that there are general use computers running windows for general use. the project iʹm working with would require either running a different operating system than windows (linux) or installing a bunch of development tools on a windows machine, which iʹm fairly certain the it department wouldnʹt like too much.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8908
back in the mid 90ʹs they had set up about 6 machines in the unused half of the galley during winter for the population to use for email accounts. thats the only gen use machines i know of.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8909
most work centers have computers, it just depends on your department and job title. and for public computers, there is a computer kiosk and computer training room in the main building that houses the galley, store, recreation, hr, ect. while having a personal computer is nice, you really donʹt need one if you have a job with a good deal of computer access. that is, unless there are certain programs/games which you like to use.do keep in mind that these are government computers and a government network. security is tight and they will go after anyone who threatens the network. the reason for this is that we all have .gov addresses and it is believed that hacking in here could give access to other more interesting government computer systems.as for the technical questions, iʹll have to ask. iʹll have lunch with some computer geeks in a few hours.June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8910
so i talked to some people in it and they said that linux is absolutely not supported nor authorized down here.looks like your own computer is the only option if you want to keep up with your hobbies. <ǃ-- s:( --><ǃ-- s:( -->June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8911
thanks for the info antarcticcatǃ really appreciate you getting some info straight from the source. guess iʹll either track down a junky old laptop or just put off geeky playtime until i get back. probably option b, playing outside is more fun anyhow <ǃ-- s:) --><ǃ-- s:) -->June 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8912
slartibartfast, dell is offering an inspiron 1200 laptop for only $499 (after rebate). <ǃ-- s:) --><ǃ-- s:) -->mcmurdo has eight computers in the training room (open for public access when classes are not being held), eight computers in a kiosk area, two in the coffee house, and one in the library.many people bring down their own laptops. however, they must first go through a complete security scan, and get approved by the pc techs before being allowed to attach to the network.there are plenty of network plugs available in the coffee house – just bring your own network cable. <ǃ-- s:) --><ǃ-- s:) -->slartibartfast, what job did you get for the summerʔ even though iʹm wintering, iʹll be taking a few weeks off, then jumping back into the chaos that is the summer season. and no – no linux is allowed. sorry.aJune 14, 2009 at 6:58 am #8913
there are public computers at both pole and mcmurdo, but only windows and a few macs.there is no rule against personal linux computers. all computers – work and personal – have to undergo some for of “certification” for use on the usap network. this happens usually happens in christchurch, resulting in a little sticker on your computers saying itʹs good to go.what checks are made on your computer depends on the os. for linux there isnʹt much they can do. but having your mac address (network identifier) they can track you down quickly if they detect an issue with your computer.even having your own linux box you may not be able to do what you want. if you want to run your own web server or file server this will not meet the aceptable use policy.if what you want to do it write shell script or program, the public macs might meet your need – being unix at heart:)darryn<ǃ-- m -->http://antarctica.kulgun.net/<ǃ-- m -->
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