[Nottingham] Using Linux in the Church Office, part two

John Cremona john.cremona at gmail.com
Tue May 22 08:50:14 BST 2007

Some departments at the U of Nottingham, including mine (School of
Mathematical Sciences) have many linux users and first rate support
through system administrators who really know what they are about
(thank you, Dave!).  All staff in Mathematics are offered a choice of
linux or windows or dual boot.   There must be demand for linux from
other departments too, as several Information Services staff  (such as
Dave) are designated "roaming linux experts" who can be acalled upon
to provide support where necessary to less well endowed parts of the

One specific example:  the university's 1024-processor cluster which
has been up and running since mid 2005 runs on linux, and a large
amount of the research computing in the university runs on linux

By contrast, all the admin is very much MS biassed, as exemplified by
the recent switchover of all staff and students to a new MS exchange
mail server.  Luckily IMAP access is allowed though some functions are
only possible using the very bad web interface.

John Cremona

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