At my college, a part of the curriculum is based on Java, namely Java Programming and Web development using Java.
After the OpenSolaris seminar and the Ref Contest, I gained reasonable exposure as the Sun campus ambassador among my classmates and my juniors including the 1stand 2nd years. So I was contacted occasionally for software relating to Java. A few other enthusiastic students also approached me for copies of OpenSolaris too. I distributed the CDs which were provided to me initially to most of them.
Our department has nearly 240 students. I am sure it is not possible for each and every one of them to approach me personally for the software. Also it is not possible for all of them to download the same via internet, as a few of them do not even have such a fast internet connection. Then we thought of coming up with something. At first we thought that we would put copies of software in the library, so that people can borrow them. Then we were suggested with a better idea - A Sun Software Intranet FTP Server.
We felt that this would make software distribution easy and human-independent. Because of this server, students would have the freedom to download any Sun software they need and easily work with them. Further as it was a local FTP site, we had very fast speeds while copying.
So we spent a few days talking with the system administrator of my department about this and collecting the required software. Our system administrator was very encouraging and supported us a lot. The HOD agreed at once, when we explained him the concept, and provided us with a spare system so that we could use it as the server.
We collected software such as
- Gaming - Project Darkstar
- Java SE
- Java EE
- JavaFX SDK
- NetBeans IDE
- Open DS
- Open ESB
- Open Office
- Open SSO
- Project Wonderland
- Sun Studio
Further instead of restricting these software to a particular operating system, we put in binaries for the three popular Operating Systems including Windows, Linux and Solaris.
We finally started our server on 22nd January 2009 at the local IP of 10.10.12.113. This server is now accessible through about 150 computers across the department.