Thanks to me and my Slackware 3.6 Book and disk written by
Patrick Volkberg, The Covanent (forgive my spelling.) is now making
plans to use Slackware linux in place of Windows 95, At least in some
operations.. I talked to the Director Paul Doyle who wants to use
Slackware for a database. He is greatly thrilled that Slackware comes
with a FREE full development set of tools including TCL/IK, Perl, C++
and C. He also is happy that there is no legal limitations to how to
copy the software or who he can give it to or how many releases he can
install on the 3 computers at the soup kitchen.
He is planning to ask some of the local commmunity college
students with computer majors and skills in C and UNIX to help write
this database. I suggested he use perl and the TCL/IK for development
of the X windows front-end.
Paul told me that the Linux system is going to be hard to get
used to as there is some more work in setting it up. I told him that
once Linux is setup and running; Since they have the capacity to run
Xwindows on all machines that it can be made to look like Microsoft
Windows as far as the average staff person is concerned. I also pointed
out that unlike Windows, Linux if properly configured has more
mature security in mind. Meaning less concerns of Viruses.
Oh yes, I am part of the Linux config group at the soup
kitchen. Paul asked me to work with the students to get the Local area
Network working. Right now they use "sneaker-net" for file transfer.
Still debating between 10baseT amd 10base2, All depends if someone
would donate a hub or switch and the needed cables.