Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Indignation

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 deleted...it 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?"

"Yes!"

"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.