Identified as New Standard Browser, Email Client for the Lab
After several months of research and extensive testing,
the Computing Infrastructure Support (CIS) Department has selected Mozilla
as the new
Lab standard application for Internet browser and email client. A Lab-customized
version of Mozilla will be phased in as a replacement for
the current standard Netscape 4.75, which is out of date and no longer
supported by Netscape (but which is still supported by the Lab Help Desk).
a New PC? Lab has a Web Page to Make it Easier
The Lab’s Desktop Support Group routinely gets calls from Lab staff
members asking how to order a new computer. All computer purchases must
go through the Lab’s Procurement Department, but employees can use
a specialized Web site to configure the desired system to get the procurement
Expensive Upgrades Looming for Users of RedHat Linux
First Microsoft announced it was ending pay-as-you-go upgrades, then Apple
instituted a similar program. Now, RedHat, makers of one of the most popular
versions of the Linux operating system, is planning to follow the leaders.
The result? An estimated 700 employees running Linux on their desktop
systems could find themselves paying $175 a year to ensure they have the
most current, robust and secure version of Linux.
Policy Reminder: Unauthorized Use of Network and Telecommunications Equipment
Attaching unauthorized equipment to the Laboratory's networking and telecommunications
infrastructure is not permitted. This includes the installation of wiring
and conduit to set up individual systems.
Desk Phone System to Be Revamped to Provide More Options to Callers
Beginning Monday, Nov. 17, Lab employees calling the Lab’s computer
support Help Desk (x4357) will have more options, ranging from leaving
a message sooner to waiting on the line beyond the current two-minute
limit to having a menu which directs them to staff for particular areas
System is Terminating Accounts – and Generating Questions
The Termination Notification System (TNS), which automatically terminates
or disables accounts when employees leave the Lab, has been implemented
for all LBNL divisions since August. Since TNS
went into full production, a number of questions have come up. Here are
some of them, with the answers.