January 20-22, 2012, Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel

Linux Beginner Training at SCALE 10X

This class is full!   If you'd like to be put on a waiting list in case of vacancies, send an email to info@socallinuxexpo.org.

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

Speakers: optional

*for a good beginning Linux experience.  More is better, of course.


Day One  (Saturday, January 21st)

Track Duration Comments
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
Break 15  
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.
Lunch Break 60  
Lab 60 Mini Lab / USB Live.  Getting everyone set up.  Evaluate hardware for suitability of installation of Linux
Break 15  
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.
Break 15  
The Details 90 How to install updates & applications.  Printing, Flash support, other problems... Photo editing, IM, IRC, Webcam.
Lunch Break 60  
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.
Break 15  
Open Lab 60 Problem solving, aided by roving proctors




Saturday, January 21, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, January 22, 2012 (All day)
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