--- Rob Hill <robhill at indigo.ie> wrote:
> "John P. Looney" wrote:
>> > Ah right. No intrest in that then. Shame. An all-linux
> cyber cafe would
> > rock. And, of course, they would get free software
> support, in excahnge for
> > discounts' to ILUG people ;)
A couple of disgruntled employees at a big, sort of blue-ish,
company have had the same idea. Being brilliant, we could
maybe pull it off (this would be in Dublin, which I still
consider a sort of cybercafe-starved city ;)
> An all-linux cyber cafe would be brilliant (from an admin
> point of view) -
> but you would also have to make many trade-offs -
> People tend to panic(I've seen them) if they can't find a
> start button,
Give 'em a start button. Pushing it gives them a multimedia
(ptooey!) introduction to using the system in question.
Having a zillion windowmanagers and nearly as many takes on
explorers help immensely. And lots of us on the list are
programmers. Brilliant programmers. And modest. At least I am.
And likable, too.
> in WordPerfect 2.3 format on a Macintosh(spit! - go mark
> twomney ;o)
> formatted disk,
Not a problem - on my own system, I click an icon, and the
contents of the disk automagically pops up. I must find out
how to make it unmount when closing, though...
(I see many more hours of hacking ahead of me)
> and they get all kinds of programs in their
> emails that
> they want to run (we let them here - remember that disk
> imaging? handy)
Downloading OK - running on the cafe's system !OK
> and they want to bring in their own software (astrology
> software among
> other things)for whatever - digital camera drivers etc...
Skroo that! (Note the clever obfuscation of obscenity there)
I wouldn't let them run just about anything. Anyway, make
certain that there's some information leaflet that explains
every detail of what's allowed or not in the cafe.
> And then there's games - big trade-off's there...
Civ:CTP (Mine's in the mail! Yay!), Myth II, several
iterations of Quake, Kingpin, and Neverwinter Nights is a
good start. Anything based on the Unreal engine should run,
in theory. And things are improving.
> run that, it's microsoft, no you can't open that, it needs
> companys 'special' win32 program etc.....sorry - you can go
> to the cyber
> cafe round the corner....etc...
We could get around CV-stuff with WordPerfect. The licensing
doesn't cost too much, and I think you get bulk licenses
(at least the company used to do that when I was in school.
Yikes. Bad memories. Must lie down now.)
> Anyway, it's something I would love, and have considered it
> many times,
> but it's not plauseable(yet).
> God - it would be great!!
Let's see how many substitute programs we can dig up/create
to make it just like any other cybercafe. I wouldn't mind
using a mixed OS cafe, except for the fact that Mr.Gates gets
money off it...
Should we set up a 'ideas that we ery much would like to see,
but could never work while people are still computer-
illiterate' mailing list for this sort of thing?
O- nny, evil wibbler
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