Re: Illinois & Chicago Shoutouts
Yo. I'm a student at Andrews University in southwest Michigan -- and I call home Fairfield, Illinois (Waay down south). The closest I've been to a Chicago LoCo meeting yet was the first day of the Flourish conference at UIC a couple weeks ago (Which doesn't count, especially since I didn't meet any of you guys if you were there), but I pop up my nose once in a blue moon on the mailing list .
I've been using Linux for about three or four years now, and have gotten several of my classmates to use Ubuntu on their laptops, which I see as a very good thing since the Intro to Computer Science classes here use Visual C++, and none of the other Freshman had any UNIX experience. Now one of them has a job making the new network security client for computers all across campus -- which, I suspect, he wouldn't have been able to do if his horizons hadn't already been widened by Linux (Most of the servers are Solaris).
I work in the dean's office of one of the schools programming a Windows-only .NET document management system, which I've convinced them to let me open source (http://sf.net/projects/aucas). Right now I'm working on integrating an OSS PDF viewer and ditching the ultra-proprietary Microsoft Office Document Imaging component, which was the easiest to implement at first (And which some of the UNIX-using professors complained about -- kudos for them!). This summer I'll probably be working with the IT department to start implementing something similar campus-wide -- there's still a lot of paper floating around in the system. I expect to learn a lot then -- I'm still a novice, though I think for an 18-year-old I'm doing pretty good (I'm no Firefox Kid, at any rate).
Oh, and of course, my home page & blog: http://www.SigmaX.org
My #1 reason for using Linux (Besides that it rocks and that it helps me learn quicker as a student) is the lack of games. Having Windows is dangerous for me -- I too easily get addicted to Halo & AoE & the like .
PS: I also have a dual-booted Macbook (Windows on a VM so I can't game ), though it currently has Fedora, 'cuz Edgy gave me bootloader grief. Sometime after Feisty comes out I'll probably replace it with Ubuntu .
Last edited by SigmaX; April 17th, 2007 at 02:42 PM.
"Rational people argue both sides."