Kudos to Oregon State’s Open Source Lab!

Happy to read that my alma mater’s efforts in promoting open source being recognized as one of the US’ top 10 coolest university networking labs! I remember how back in the mid-80s when I was attending school there, we were connected to the ARPANet via a UUCP link through HP’s Corvallis facility, hp-pcd. That was then enhanced with a leased line and I remember the thrill I got when I did the following:

ftp funet.fi
Connected to funet.fi.
username (anonymous): 

The mere fact that, sitting at a terminal at Dearborn Hall and ftp’ing to a site in Finland and actually connecting was a “Wow!” moment in my life. I disconnected it immediately for I was not sure who was going to pay for the connection or even if it was OK to do so. A note to Otto Gygax and his subsequent reply that it was just fine and the thanks to the US DoD, it is OK to connect anywhere you want to!

So, I am happy to see OSU continue to push the boundaries.


  1. That picture of you from the Oregon Stater Awards is pretty nice. You should consider submitting it for the creation of a hackergotchi so that your blog has a face on Fedora planet 🙂
    Just a random thought.
    But it’s always nice knowing to be surrounded by highly decorated people 🙂

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