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Re: sysadmin won't allow linux - PLEASE HELP

SuSe Linux has a version of linux that you can run from the cd.  If you
are using a FAT filesystem, it will create two files on your computer for
you to store your settings and personal data. If you are using a NTFS
filesystem, you have to run though the setup, it only takes 2  min. It
does not repartition
your drive or change any windows settings.  You can even run kde/gnome! Go
to suse's ftp site (ftp.suse.com) and download the live file system
iso.  Burn it to cd, and you can run linux off of it without repartition
your drive or making any changes to windows.  


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On Wed, 11 Jul 2001, Brian Stults wrote:

> Hello,
> In the fall, I will be starting a new position as Professor of Sociology
> at the University of Florida.  When I interviewed, one of my
> requirements was that I be allowed to run linux on my office computer. 
> They said it would not be a problem.  However, now that I have signed
> the contract and am soon to arrive, they have attached some conditions. 
> The most serious condition is that I must sign a document stating that I
> am financially responsible for any cost incurred by the University if
> someone hacks into my computer and causes damage to their network. 
> Although I have philosphical objections to this kind of policey, I am
> willing to sign this if that is what it takes because I am quite
> confident about my knowledge of security issues.
> Anyway, here is the reason for this call for help.  Tomorrow, I must
> talk on the phone with the sysadmin of the College of Liberal Arts and
> Sciences and explain two things: 1) they want to know why I need linux
> instead of using their unix system and having MS Windows on the desktop;
> and 2) they want to know that I am conscious of security issues.  If
> anyone has any suggestions for the kinds of things to stress, I would be
> happy to hear them.  I plan on emphasizing the fact that I disable most
> services in inetd.  The only servers I run are an ssh server and an ftp
> server.  I do not allow anonymous ftp, and I tunnel all my ftp transfers
> through ssh.  I am the only person with an account on my box.  I will
> also emphasize the fact that security updates are available on a daily
> basis through debian's dpkg system.
> Here is one concern of theirs, though, that I don't understand.  They
> said one problem with linux is that it will trick their network into
> thinking that my linux box is the main server, thus bringing down a
> system of over 2000 users.  I cannot imagine how this would happen.  The
> only thing I can think of is the issue of the master browser in samba. 
> If it is "elected", I suppose my machine could force itself to be the
> server.  I don't know enough about samba, though, to know if this is
> possible.  However, if I don't run a samba server, it wouldn't be a
> problem, right?  Can anyone else think of why this might happen?
> Thanks and sorry this message was so long,
> Brian
> -- 
> Brian J. Stults
> Doctoral Candidate
> Department of Sociology
> University at Albany - SUNY
> Phone: (518) 442-4652  Fax: (518) 442-4936
> Web: http://www.albany.edu/~bs7452
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