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Who's using Debian

Semiconductor Physics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of
Cambridge, UK

Educational / Research


Using Debian to provide authentication and file and print serving via NFS,
NIS, CUPS and Samba to ~100 desktop, laptop, workstation and data-taking
machines in a research group studying aspects of semiconductor devices,
particularly at low temperatures. A backup server performs rsync-based
'snapshot' backups and writes tapes for archive purposes. This combination
has recently survived the complete failure of our 0.5TB RAID system with a
loss of only about 16 hours' data. Our 'user' machines run, in approximate
order of descending number, Windows, RiscOS, Linux (Debian, Red-Hat,
Mandrake), MacOS, HP Unix. For a cash-limited research group, the free
software route is an obvious choice. Debian ties in well with our existing
expertise (the main administrator of the server has been running Debian
since 0.93) and is supported by the University Unix Support team.


Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, UK

Educational / Research


Using Debian to provide the College's web server and have been since 1995.
Despite temperatures in the non-airconditioned room taking an average of
18 months to destroy the web server, Debian has provided the tools
necessary to recover data from the (almost) trashed discs several times.
At the time of first installing, the Debian machine replaced a Windows 3.1
web server - which had to be taken off-line in order to update the site.
Clearly a great step up.

Frank Lee
Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. UK                http://www.sid.cam.ac.uk/
Semiconductor Physics, Cavendish Laboratory. UK  http://www.sp.phy.cam.ac.uk/
CRL, Toshiba Research Europe          http://www.toshiba-europe.com/research/

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