On Friday 03 May 2002 12:48, Hunt, Bryan wrote:
> I couldn't agree with you more ... trinity is on the verge of giving out
> rather than degrees.
Ok, I think I'm partly responsible for starting this thread, but I have
to say that's just bullshit. I was referring to a lack of interest among
students and some lecturers in OSes other than windows. I did not say
that this was necessarily the fault of the course. For instance, the OS
course in third year covers OSes from a generic point of view, with
reference to Solaris and NT. Mach is mentioned. Unfortunately the course
never gets into the low-level details of implementation - but that's not
really the point. The TCD course is fairly theoretical in some respects -
the details of how things are actually implemented is not regarded as being
as important as understanding things at a higher level. So your average
graduate will not have written a scheduler or a filesystem or whatever,
but should have the skills to figure out how...
The reason for the aforementioned lack of interest is more easily explained
by economic reasons. Before the dot.com crash, everyone wanted to do CS
because it seemed to guarantee a job and lots of money. Hence a large
proportion of students have no interest in computing outside of the course.
If people are going to start badmouthing college courses, perhaps they or
the companies they work for should help sponsor college societies such as
DUCSS who are trying to promote the use of *NIX and free or opensource
software inside colleges in Ireland.
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