Sep 18, 2007

The Saga Continues

Have you ever watched a really good movie where the plot thickens, and thickens and then suddenly there is a plot twist and the story shifts in a completely dramatic way? That is exactly what is happening for my final project in school.

I mentioned in a previous post that an inside source told me that the teacher wanted me to use Gentoo because it was a weak spot for me. Upon hearing this news I spent all of last weekend playing with Gentoo trying to get it to work. When I finally got it to work, I decided to add it to my list of distros for the project anyway.

Well last night when we had class, my partner and I drew up our plans for our Linux network. For our distros we chose: Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Vector, and Mepis. Ubuntu was going to be our only server.

The other team, who can barely even spell Linux, let alone know how to install it and configure it (No offense guys) picked 5 random distros on a whim. Two of them aren't even Linux, they are Unix. They chose: FreeBSD, Solaris, Slackware, DSL, and OpenSuse. They were also given the task of setting up a network printer and also configuring three of their machines for Wireless. For the wireless machines they chose OpenSuse, Solaris and Slackware. (In all fairness, these guys are primarily Windows guys. In Windows, they are admin gods!)

So what's the big deal? After we completed planning of our networks on paper, our teacher reviewed them then handed me the other team's paper work, then handing the other team my paper work and said, "Here's your networks!"

With the exception of Slackware, and DSL, I have never touched these distros and have no idea how they work, or if they even support the stuff I need them to do without some serious fenagling. It looks like I have my work cut out for me. I'll try to keep you updated as things progress.

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