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Re: FDSCo Meeting 2008-01-22 IRC log

On Wed, 2008-01-23 at 19:01 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
> Karl Larsen wrote:
> > Marc Wiriadisastra wrote:
> >> On Wed, 2008-01-23 at 15:07 -0700, Karl Larsen wrote:
> >>  
> >>> Marc Wiriadisastra wrote:
> >>>     
>     A big snip Marc, because I think I found your man for KDE.
> He is a Prof and has classes of students that prefer KDE.
>     His name is
> Tim Leger
> Graduate Research Assistant / Adjunct Professor
> Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
> Wright State University
> Dayton, OH
> And this was our last talk over email:
> Hi Karl,
>    I'm not what you would call a power user of KDE, but I do prefer it over
> gnome.  I do a lot of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) code development as
> part of my research, so usually I just have two terminal windows open up
> side by side. I don't get into a lot of the KDE packages, I even use vim for
> editing source files (call me old fashion).  However, I also setup a
> computer lab last summer for my university (to help with the Fortran 90/95
> class I teach as an adjunct) and we're currently running Fedora 7 on 24 HP
> d7700 desktops with nVidia FX1500 video cards.  The lab is also used for
> teaching Finite Element Analysis (via Ansys), CFD (via Fluent/Gambit), and
> several other classes.  The reason we went with Fedora was because it's
> quickly becoming the only Linux distribution (beside Red Hat Enterprise)
> which the software vendors we use support (and Red Hat Enterprise doesn't
> support the latest hardware we get, like the d7700 desktops when we got
> them).  As I have the most experience with Linux in the College, I've been
> taking care of the lab for the university.
>    As for setup of the machines in the lab, I used the Fedora 7 x86_64 DVD
> and installed KDE afterwards via yum.  This way I've got gnome to fall back
> on when KDE starts acting up and to help debug problems when they arise.
> We're using the nVidia drivers from livna and after installation I used one
> of the "tips and tricks" websites to get all the extra goodies installed
> like the mp3 codes and such.
>    I have noticed that at least in my class, the students prefer KDE over
> gnome for the most part because it reminds them of Windows XP.  My big
> complaint of late with KDE is that the Fedora update packages have been
> breaking things which were working just fine before.  I won't go into all
> the issues as other have already posted them here, but suffice it to say
> everything with KDE and Fedora 7 was working fine for us before the updates
> in November.
>    Anyway, I'll talk with some of the students I know in the College who use
> KDE a lot more than I do and see if they're willing to e-mail you with their
> experiences.  Basically, I just try to keep things working in the lab and on
> my two computers at home.  Let me know if you have any specific questions.
> Regards, Tim Leger
> His email address is: tleger fedora gmail com and I said you will call him. I wish you the best Marc
> Karl

Thanks I just emailed him.



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