Got mail up after about a period. I am not using it in class yet, but I showed the kids in homeroom and afterschool how to use pine. I subsequently installed Balsa, which gives them a better graphic interface, although it won't start if they don't have a mail spool, which they don't get until somebody sends them mail, so most kids still have to start with pine and at least initially, they don't seem to mind using pine. My students are proving to be more willing to use text interfaces than I would have thought. I think it is partly because they never had to deal with being limited to an entirely text based interface. They don't know that it is what many users strove to escape for years (and some still love, of course). They don't have the feeling I had when I first had emacs thrust upon me. I was thrilled to move from a Commodore 64 and Apple II to Macs, I didn't want anything to do with a text interface.
I was going to try to get one of my computers to boot off another as an xterminal, but I forgot my cd's. Instead I started working on a dragonball z theme for icewm, since my little hackers seem obsessed with the show (and how their desktops look).