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pitch & velvet

  1. pitch
    A thick, black, lustrous, and sticky substance obtained by boiling down tar. It is used in calking the seams of ships; also in coating rope, canvas, wood, ironwork, etc., to preserve them.
    Websters 1913
  2. velvet
    A silk fabric, having a short, close nap of erect threads. Inferior qualities are made with a silk pile on a cotton or linen back, or with other soft fibers such as nylon, acetate, or rayon.
    Websters 1913
pitch velvet

How and When these Machines were Obtained

History Prior to Arrival at the UCC

UCC History of the Machines

  • The UCC wanted some fast workstations but didn't want to fork out for expensive machines that would just end up running Windows the entire time. It was decided that we would build cheap machines that booted off a network NFS server, thus preventing them from being able to run Windows.
  • They have nVidia nForce ethernet cards in them, which for a while did not have native Linux kernel drivers. [DAG] developed a patch that allowed us to compile the nVidia binary driver into the monolithical kernel image, allowing them to boot
  • When meito was retired, their shared disk image was copied onto manbo, where it now runs
  • At some point it was decided that their onboard nVidia GeForce2 GPUs were not fast enough for Enemy Territory, so half height GeForce4s were purchased and installed.

Current Machine Tasks

  • Graphical Workstations

Current Software Configuration

Current Hardware Configuration

Future Plans

Special Notes


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