gweep [WPI]

1.v. To hack, usually at night. At WPI, from 1977 onwards, one who gweeped could often be found at the College Computing Center punching cards or crashing the PDP-10 or, later, the DEC-20. The term has survived the demise of those technologies, however, and is still alive in 2000. "I'm going to go gweep for a while. See you in the morning." "I gweep from 8 PM till 3 AM during the week."

2.n. One who habitually gweeps in sense 1; a hacker. "He's a hard-core gweep, mumbles code in his sleep."

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Welcome to the GweepCo Cooperative Network. GweepNet is the networking effort of several people. It started in the Worcester, MA area with a one-line BBS running off of a Convergent Miniframe machine. Presently, about three dozen machines (ranging from archaic abandoned machines to current technology) are connected by ethernet, SLIP, PPP, ISDN, T1, and other methods. It now spans much of Massachusetts, with a few legs reaching past state lines.

GweepNet grew out of GweepCo, which is simply a bunch of friends with a compatible set of interests, including computers and networking. GweepCo is made up mostly of people who have attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute at some point, though there are a few exceptions. The gweepnet servers act as a giant virtual living room in which people hang out, converse, share ideas, and keep the systems and network thriving.

Much of gweepnet is run on free operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD. Free software is an idea dear to the hearts of many gweepnet users, and we do what we can to develop and distribute free programs. Two machines act as the core servers for the network. Sidehack, a dual-processor Pentium Pro 200MHz FreeBSD server with 512MB of RAM and 140GB of disk, provides web, news, login and other services to the majority of gweepnet users. Hotblack, a Pentium Pro 233MHz Linux-based server, provides the same services for an overlapping, but slightly different, group of people. To learn more about the gweepnet architecture, check out the network topology pages.

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