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SCALE is proud to present their first ever Linux Beginner training class! It's an intensive, two-day training class the same weekend as the Linux Expo, co-located with the Expo at the LAX Hilton.
Presented by volunteer trainers and presenters, students will come away with the ability to install and maintain a Linux operating system.
Cost of the class is 25 dollars, which includes a bootable USB thumb drive, handouts, and a pass to the Linux Expo floor. Note: Expo seminar access is not included because the training class will occupy all of both Saturday and Sunday).
Attendees are expected to bring a computer suitable for installing Linux. Laptops are encouraged but desktops are acceptable also. Installations will be Linux-only; dual-booting is beyond the scope of this class. So bring a computer you can dedicate to Linux.
Minimum hardware requirements for Linux installation:*
CPU: 2.0 GHz
Disc Space: 10 Gigabytes for OS installation; recommend 20-30 Gigabytes of additional space for data
RAM: 1 Gigabyte
Network interface: Wired: mandatory; Wireless: optional
*for a good beginning Linux experience. More is better, of course.
Day One (Saturday, January 21st)
|Linux Capabilities||60||Brief overview of server capabilities; in depth survey of the Linux desktop. Embedded, mobile, LiveCD, server, desktop.|
|The differences between Windows & Linux||60||Linux is NOT Windows. Technical differences - Windows blob; Linux modular; philosophical differences - closed vs. open source. Building on the work that's come before. Support model differences|
|What is a Linux distribution? Which one should I choose?||45||Discussion of representative distributions. Pros & cons. Packaging systems, apps available, distribution rationale. 5-10 mins each.|
|Lab||60||Mini Lab / USB Live. Getting everyone set up. Evaluate hardware for suitability of installation of Linux|
|Desktops and Applications||90||Demonstration of various desktops, browsers, office suites, music players, etc.|
Day Two (Sunday, January 22nd)
|Installing Linux||90||Learn how to install and configure Linux from the ground up on your hardware.|
|The Details||90||How to install updates & applications. Printing, Flash support, other problems... Photo editing, IM, IRC, Webcam.|
|Getting Networked||45||Introducing Networking with NetworkManager, Connecting to a Windows machine, etc. Troubleshooting wireless problems|
|Introducing the community (AKA how to get help)||45||How to get to the community. How to ask questions, proper netiquette, etc. Contributing by providing help and support. How to get more involved.|
|Open Lab||60||Problem solving, aided by roving proctors|