Overview

Many institutions have been adding a Linux machine to their existing infrastructure: perhaps to give developers a platform of their choice, or to provide an alternative to a network server, or to introduce an additional piece to the security jigsaw.

Target Audience:

This 1-day event is targeted at people that are considering the transfer of their computer skills from variety of operating systems to Linux.

The course is also suitable as a high-level overview of Linux for decision makers, system analysts and other professionals trying to position Linux in the contemporary computer industry.

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Prerequisites

  • Typically, delegate skills will include a good appreciation of operating system principles, and familiarity with computer structure and design.

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Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Place Linux in the server and desktop IT market
  • Understand origins of Linux and role of Linux distributors
  • Describe open source development model
  • Discuss the platforms and hardware supported by Linux kernel
  • Interrogate and manipulate Linux processes
  • Perform simple instructions at both graphical and command line interfaces
  • Understand the client/server nature of X Window System and X applications
  • Appreciate the power of Linux data manipulation tools and techniques
  • Use redirection and piping techniques
  • Use basic network communication tools
  • Obtain on-line help for commands and configuration
  • Be aware of other sources of help - community, magazines, books, LUGs
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Outline

Introduction

  • Linux? Why?
  • Unix Market and place for Linux within it
  • OSS (Open Source Software) principles
  • GNU GPL and Linux philosophy
  • Linux distributors

A Session with Linux

  • Character interface
  • Working with the command line
  • Examples of simple commands
  • The X Windows system; Graphical interface
  • Linux Windows Managers
  • Login procedure

Hardware and Architecture

  • Types of platforms Linux will run on
  • Minimum hardware requirements; Supported devices
  • Motherboards, disks, video cards, printers, mouse
  • Ethernet cards and modems; Laptops specifics
  • Linux kernel and system architecture
  • Configuring the kernel; Dynamic loading of kernel modules

Processes and Memory Management

  • Processes
  • Types of process
  • Scheduling
  • Interprocess communication
  • Memory handling
  • System initialisation

Tools and Utilities

  • Principles of Linux tools
  • System examination utilities
  • Common data utilities
  • Redirection
  • Pipes

Linux in a TCP/IP Network

  • Internet and Linux
  • TCP/IP as the network protocol
  • TCP/IP interrogation tools
  • User commands
  • Linux as a network server

Linux and Applications

  • DOS Utilities within Linux
  • Unix Market and place for Linux within it
  • Software Emulators
  • Linux Databases
  • End-user applications
  • Inter-operability with other operating systems
  • Open Software projects and initiatives

Getting Help

  • On-Line manual pages
  • Gnome Help Browser
  • Exploring the system
  • Locating documentation; on-line FAQ files
  • Getting help on the Internet
  • Distributor sites
  • Magazines, books
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