Revision 13 as of 2008-09-05 15:57:08

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One day, it would be nice to have a standard operating environment for UCC clubroom machines. Currently the state of them could be described as varying degrees of broken, partly due to having no defined procedure for setting them up. The purpose of this page is to brainstorm what this procedure should be.

Steps marked with <!> require a wheel member, anything else can be done by a winadmin.

Steps to do before/during installation

  • Add forward and reverse DNS entries for the machine. <!> Not essential for setup

  • Add the machine to DHCP. <!> Not essential for setup

  • Add the machine to Samba (create a local account for it on musundo). <!> Probably only needs to be added in LDAP, and thus could be made available to winadmins via ACLs

During/after installation

  • Install Windows XP SP2 and configure it to be part of the domain 'UCCDOMAIN'. <!> why does this require wheel rights?

  • Install device drivers (graphics and sound most importantly).
  • Set up printing.
  • Add Winadmins to computer administrators.
  • Configure WPKG. Install WPKG Client 1.2.1.msi, and load settings.xml, both in //musundo/wpkg

  • Turn Windows Updates on to fully-automatic.

Software to install

Software in this list should either be free to download and install, or something that the UCC has a license for. Some preference is given to software which is [ easily deployed with WPKG].

  • 7zip
  • OpenOffice

  • Media Player 11
  • Adobe Reader
  • Firefox
  • PuTTY also add the binary directory to %PATH% [RVS]

  • CD Burning Software such as? possibilities include and

  • F-Prot Antivirus more details coming once [DAA] fixes the ACLs

  • VLC
  • Flash player
  • Daemon Tools
  • Windows Live messenger
  • Steam
  • Java Runtime Environment
  • Audacity
  • Google Talk
  • irfanview (and the plugin that knows about jpeg orientation jfif tags)
  • winscp filezilla is probably a better option [DAA]

  • DirectX 9 runtime

What about...

  • ActiveState ActivePython and/or ActivePerl

  • Eclipse? Massive but apparently Java programmers love it
  • NetBeans? Not nearly as massive (but still quite large)

  • Komodo Edit, a rather nice lightweight programmers' editor
  • gVim, the logical alternative to the above
  • TortoiseSVN
  • Cygwin I vote no, it's horrible [DAA]

  • an X11 server, perhaps the one packaged with Cygwin (Xming works and is tidier than Cygwin's. [MSH])

  • Thunderbird or another mail client Second [RVS]

  • an MPD client ( how about gmpc + gtk? [RVS]

  • sequoiaview?