Ticket #514 (closed task: fixed)

Opened 14 years ago

Last modified 14 years ago

Update /usr/prototype_user/welcome for the 21st century

Reported by: jdreed Owned by: jdreed
Priority: normal Milestone: Spring 2010
Component: -- Keywords:
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


This file is super crufty and should be updated. Updating it by April will ensure that most of the class of 2014 gets the new version. Coordination with ops is required to ensure that it makes it onto the registration server.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from new to accepted

I want to get this done ASAP, to get it to Garry in time to put on the moira server before the class of 2014 shows up (which is RSN).

Here's my proposed new text. Thoughts?

Welcome to Athena

- Project Athena was an eight-year experiment (1983-1991) to explore the use
  of computers in university educational programs.  The Project focused on
  developing computers as useful tools, rather than as objects of study, in
  the education of students at MIT.

- The Athena system, one of the fruits of Project Athena, is a campus-wide
  distributed computer service consisting of hundreds of networked
  workstations and related facilities (such as printers and file servers)
  available to MIT students and faculty to help them achieve their academic
  goals and learn about computers while at the Institute.

- For help about any aspect of Athena, visit the On-Line Help (OLH)
  web pages at: http://ist.mit.edu/services/athena/olh

  There you will find guides to all aspects of the supported Athena
  environment, including a basic introduction, a tutorial on using the
  command line (shell), information about the AFS file system and how
  to use it, and much more.

- If you run into problems, consult our extensive collection of
  answers in Hermes, the MIT Knowledge Base.  Visit http://kb.mit.edu
  for more information.

- If you require assistance, you can contact an Athena Consultant.
  The Athena Consulting office is open 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday
  (except MIT holidays).  You can reach a consultant by phone
  (x3-4435, 617-253-4435 from off campus) or e-mail (olc@mit.edu), or
  you can visit their office in bulding N42.

- If you're interested in the more technical aspects of Athena, visit
  the Debathena web page at http://debathena.mit.edu
  Debathena is the suite of packages and software that powers the
  Athena system, and much of the development was done by MIT students.
  For more information, see http://debathena.mit.edu/development

comment:2 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

Also, we should create ~/Desktop for the user ahead of time, and have a shortcut to ~/welcome there, so users can double-click on it in this brave new world.

comment:3 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

So, we should create ~/Desktop, and drop some launchers into it. I suggest the ones at /mit/jdreed/Public/nautilus for now.

(Note that the welcome.desktop one has "URL=../welcome". I think that's what we want, because any absolute URL would have to include the user's name, which isn't really feasible.)

comment:4 Changed 14 years ago by jweiss

In the nit-picking category, I'd split the first sentence of the last paragraph into two sentences.

comment:5 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from accepted to proposed

Mail sent to Garry to incorporate new 'welcome' and Desktop files on moira server

comment:6 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from proposed to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

Move to production today.

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