[LON-CAPA-cvs] cvs: doc /build faq.html

harris41 lon-capa-cvs@mail.lon-capa.org
Wed, 29 Jan 2003 22:14:34 -0000

harris41		Wed Jan 29 17:14:34 2003 EDT

  Modified files:              
    /doc/build	faq.html 
  After 2 days of a discussion vacuum, a decision is now made to
  support FreeBSD 4.7.
Index: doc/build/faq.html
diff -u doc/build/faq.html:1.7 doc/build/faq.html:1.8
--- doc/build/faq.html:1.7	Sat Oct 12 19:29:05 2002
+++ doc/build/faq.html	Wed Jan 29 17:14:34 2003
@@ -1,6 +1,6 @@
 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
-<!-- $Id: faq.html,v 1.7 2002/10/12 23:29:05 harris41 Exp $ -->
+<!-- $Id: faq.html,v 1.8 2003/01/29 22:14:34 harris41 Exp $ -->
 <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"></meta>
@@ -91,7 +91,11 @@
 computer and operating will this work on?</font></font>
 The operating system LON-CAPA runs on is the Linux operating
-system.  LON-CAPA relies on an Intel-based architecture.
+system (RedHat 7.3 is the supported linux distribution).
+LON-CAPA relies on an Intel-based architecture.  In order to
+move beyond this state of affairs, we are beginning to develop
+a BSD-based solution, as well as a set of diagnostic scripts
+which should verify LON-CAPA's performance on any computer platform.
 For full-time, classroom usage, an adequate LON-CAPA server
@@ -125,20 +129,26 @@
 We like to think of high web server usage as "a good problem" though.. :)
 <hr />4a. <font color="blue"><font size="+1"><a name="q4a" />Will this work on
-BSD Unix?</font></font>
+Active development has begun for supporting LON-CAPA on FreeBSD version 4.7.
 <hr />4b. <font color="blue"><font size="+1"><a name="q4b" />Will this work on
 Mac OS X?</font></font>
+No.  Plans for Mac OS X involve waiting for completion of a FreeBSD version 4.7
+solution, as well as allowing Mac OS X more time to mature within the freeware
 <hr />4c. <font color="blue"><font size="+1"><a name="q4c">Will this work on
 an old SPARC, Solaris, SGI, NeXT, or DEC machine that is collecting cobwebs in
 my university's technology center?</font></font>
+No.  The needs for predictable performance of a LON-CAPA system cause us
+to emphasize support on a restricted set of platforms.  We welcome developers
+who would like to create porting solutions, however based on our timeline,
+you are even more strongly encouraged to help develop the actual educational
+software technology seen by students and instructors.
 <hr />5. <font color="blue"><font size="+1"><a name="q5" />What does LON-CAPA
 stand for?</font></font>