It’s here and up & running! The 4-seat Ubuntu Linux workstation that is!
We understand that not everyone has their own laptop, or can always borrow one, so now also you can utilize the Innovation Space better to work on your ICT projects, business ideas or studies.
The system is set up so that one slightly modified central processing unit running Ubuntu 10.04 is serving four virtualized desktops, so each user can be working on their own applications. Every desktop will soon also have their dedicated USB hub next to the keyboard, so when you plug in your USB memory it will appear only on your screen (we are still waiting for two of the hubs).
Here are some of the installed apps and development environments that you can use on the desktops:
- Firefox & Chrome web browsers
- LAMP stack
- Ruby Rails
As you can see, the system is geared strongly for programming and web development. All apps are free and open source.
The system was set up by Darlene from Open Tech Solutions, and she said that when the system is up and running, she’ll be happy to come and organize a tutorial session on how to use it and how it’s set up. We’ll inform here in the blog when that’s going to be.
Here are some guidelines for using the system:
- It’s meant for working only (studies, projects, research, business ideas, …), and not for casual surfing or downloading copyrighted content.
- If there are others who also would like to use it, please limit your one session to 1-2 hours depending on what kind of project you’re working on (eg. in the middle of difficult coding task take two hours, just seaching for information take up to one). If needed, we can set up some kind of reservation system later, but we hope you’ll rather be able to share the time organically with other users.
- The system should be available for use during normal opening hours of the Innovation Space (up to 10pm weekdays, 6pm weekends).
- Everyone is responsible for ensuring proper use of the system and keeping it intact. It goes without saying that should anything disappear, it will not be replaced and this will be a failed experiment, everyone being let down. Don’t let that happen.
If you have any questions, fire them away here in the blog comments or on our Facebook page. Much more information will come! 😉
For now, feel free to try out the system out and explore what there is!