Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I've never quite seen my students so indignant. I think this email explains it all:
sir, after our open source class, the operating system class was using the same lab as ours... since Ubuntu was already installed there, their teacher told them to uninstall...

all our programs and files were may be okay for some of us but for others not...btw, our friends told us that some did not uninstall since they heard that we 4th years were using the computers...but still, some, like on the machine that i am (was) using, have been uninstalled :-(

All told, that was rather rude to uninstall our operating system without asking me. Equal blame to the lab assistant, too, for letting it happen. But what can you do?

Me? I'm amused at the situation. I can't help but chuckle at my fuming students.

In class today, we tackled the issue. Following jocular snippet ensued:

"What do you want me to do? Beat him up?"


"But what if he's bigger than me?"

"No! He's smaller!"

"What if he beats me up? Ulaw kaayo."

Actually it works out to the good because my students will get more practice restoring their setup. And I'm always glad to see more people spread Ubuntu.


  1. hiya Dom, how come they did not backup their files? :)

  2. secondary more expensive option... every student gets to build their own custom distro on usb drives. :)

  3. Gilbert: No great loss of data, really; maybe a few exercises. The bigger hassle is in reinstalling all their apps.

    Spidamang: yeah, thought of that, but I don't like the idea of asking students to have to buy a new USB drive. Labs should be for access, but minimal conflict.

  4. The bigger annoyance is AdDU insisting on using VirtualPC. Ugh. Those things don't play nice with any other OS except Windows.

  5. Interesting exchange with your students. XD I can't imagine you beating up anyone btw.

  6. Dom I also couldn't imagine someone physically beating you up...

    but uh well, you're better off without any "disproportionate response" right?hehehe

  7. Dominique, what not just create a VM and run it in VM player or ESXi. Again I agree with Ubuntu on USB or ESXi on USB then use a machine with SATA HDD with Ubuntu. Just a thought.

  8. Clair and Bone: is it because I'm so big and hairy? or because I'm so friendly and cuddly?

  9. Oscar: heh. It's all shoulda, coulda, woulda. But the thing is: I don't like the idea of telling the students to go spend another P1,000 for a new USB.

  10. hehe...because you're friendly and cuddly... :-)

  11. Awww, you're just saying that. :-)

  12. Hmm, I'd reinstall with wubi again (but this time do a whole hard disk wipeout)...

    Revenge is sweet! hehehe