Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 53082
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2018/01/22 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2009/6/24-7/3 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:53082 Activity:nil
6/24    Debian GNU/Linux 5.0

Ahoy there weary traveler -
This is indeed the brand spanking new Soda.
We'll be enabling logins again soon - just
want to make sure all the infrastructure
is in place and ready for everyone to hammer
on it.  Please direct questions to

CSUA Root Staff
2018/01/22 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

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2/10    Debian 6.0 squeeze is the new stable.  Do we dare a dist-upgrade?
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2009/7/8-16 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux, Computer/SW/Unix] UID:53124 Activity:nil
7/7     what happened to our web presence?
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2009/7/8-16 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux] UID:53125 Activity:nil
7/8     can we install wexus?
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2009/4/16-6/29 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux] UID:52852 Activity:low
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2009/5/4-6 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux, Computer/SW/OS/FreeBSD] UID:52939 Activity:moderate
5/4     I would appreciate a reliability ranking between:
        1) OpenBSD
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2009/1/15-22 [Computer/SW/OS/Linux] UID:52387 Activity:nil
1/15    What is the Debian/Ubuntu equivalent of Centos/Redhat PXE booting
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2008/12/5-10 [Computer/SW/OS/OsX] UID:52174 Activity:kinda low
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9/12    We've restored CSUA NFS to something vaguely resembling normal
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2011/6/5-8/27 [Computer/HW/Memory] UID:54127 Activity:nil
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Science Undergraduate Association The Computer Science Undergraduate Association is dedicated to representing the undergraduate Computer Science student body and associates to the University of California at Berkeley, its representatives, and other related organizations; Our office is located in 343 Soda Hall, located at the corner of Hearst & LeRoy. May___| |May, 2004 | |_S___M___T___W___T___F___S_| | |1 | ||___| |2 |3 |4 |5 |6 |7 |8 | |___|___|___|___|___|___|___| |9 |10 |11 |12 |13 |14 |15 | |___|___|___|___|___|___|___| |16 |17 |18 |19 |20 |21 |22 | |___|___|___|___|___|___|___| |23 |24 |25 |26 |27 |28 |29 | |___|___|___|___|___|___|___| |30 |31 | | |___|___|| Calendar of Events Mon, May 3rd, (6:00 PM) General Meeting/Officer Elections Announcements: * CSUA t-shirts are now available in the office (343 Soda) for $12 each. Baby-doll cuts also available. View the design on front and back. The CSUA Mentoring Program is calling for new students to sign up to be mentored. Register to find out more information about this free program at the mentoring website. Members interested in mentoring should contact jhs as soon as possible. CSUA Officer Meetings: Politburo meetings for Spring 2004 are scheduled for every Monday at 6pm in 337 Soda Hall. New members always welcome. Help Sessions are being offered, open especially to new students. The topics, times, and locations are listed here. We just made a Costco run. If you don't know what this means, stop by 343 Soda to find out. The Constitution has been amended. Many thanks to AMD and the TDA Project. Secure remote logins require either SSH ( Java Client) or S/KEY ( Java Client). User Policy - The Rules * Frequently Asked Questions about the CSUA and Soda * CSUA Constitution * Message of the Day - Including downtime announcements * CSUA Library * CSUA Encyclopedia * Membership application form, in PDF, TeX, DVI, and Postscript. The Mentoring Program * Prospective LSCS Mailing List.