[Beowulf] User notification of new software on the cluster

Brian Oborn linuxpunk at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 19:50:14 PDT 2016

I have to give a shout-out to Rocket.Chat as the platform that my dev group
eventually settled on for messaging. We were put off by the cost of Slack
and fed up with XMPP, but Rocket.Chat has been working great for us as a
free alternative. We're even looking to use it for our internal

Brian Oborn

On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 8:37 PM, Christopher Samuel <samuel at unimelb.edu.au>

> On 29/09/16 21:03, John Hanks wrote:
> > Acknowledging that this is an area where personal preference and
> > existing culture play a very big role in what works for any given
> > group/environment, I'll attempt an answer noting how this works for us.
> > Warning: I'm prone to ranting...
> Thanks so much for the background there!
> Agree with an awful lot of what you say there, the only proviso I have
> from our end is that we have 0 budget for that so we'd need to stick to
> the free version so permanence of messages could be an issue.
> But, having said that, I found out yesterday that an on-staff scientist
> had set up a Slack for our users already.  He's not got any interest in
> it yet because it's not been advertised, but I reckon now I know about
> it I might chat to him when I'm back from leave about giving it a proper
> go.
> ...and yes, whoever thought up ITIL never had to deal with people who
> keep saying "can you install this software from git - just whatever is
> master at the moment please".. :-)
> cheers,
> Chris
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