Introduction to Linux
this six-week online course, you'll learn how to use the free Linux desktop
system to perform all of the functions you currently do with Microsoft Windows
or Apple Macintosh. You'll learn the basics of the Linux desktop, such as how to
use its graphical environment to manipulate files and folders, create user
accounts, and set up hardware devices.
Besides learning how to use the Linux desktop environment, you'll learn how to use the many free programs that come preinstalled on your Linux system. Learn how to use the popular OpenOffice.org office productivity software, which allows you to read and write word documents, spreadsheets, and presentation graphics compatible with the Microsoft Office suite. You'll also learn how to use the Linux multimedia programs to play, rip and burn CDs, play DVDs and video files, and use audio editing tools to create your own masterpieces.
Finally, the course walks you through using your Linux desktop to access the Internet. You'll learn how to connect to your ISP, and use your ISP to read and send mail messages using the e-mail software provided with Linux. You'll also learn how to keep in touch with friends and family using common Internet Messaging hosts, as well as browsing your favorite web sites using the popular Mozilla Firefox web browser.
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This course requires that you have a basic knowledge of using Windows or Macintosh, and are comfortable with working in a graphical PC environment. You must have a PC available to run the SimplyMEPIS version 6.5 Linux operating system, either from the hard disk or from a live CD. That PC must meet the minimum requirements for the SimplyMEPIS version 6.5 Linux distribution: A PC with an Intel Pentium or equivalent processor, a bootable CDROM drive, at least 2GB hard drive, and at least 64MB of RAM. If you have a high-speed Internet connection, such as a cable or DSL modem, you can download a file of the SimplyMEPIS version 6.5 CD free of charge. If you have a dial-up Internet connection, you can order the SimplyMEPIS version 6.5 CD for a minimal cost—approximately $15. You will receive further instructions when your class begins. To access your lessons, you will need Internet access, e-mail, and either Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Firefox Web browser.
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two
lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do
not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each
lesson within two weeks of its release.
A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.
|Wednesday - Lesson 01|
|The Linux desktop operating system is quickly
becoming a popular choice for both computer professionals and casual
home users. In our first lesson, you'll find out the reasons for its
popularity. You'll learn exactly what Linux is and why there are so many
different Linux packages available. Then you'll discover how to select
the Linux package that's right for you. And finally, we'll walk through
installing and running the SimplyMEPIS version 6.5 Linux distribution,
examining how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with Linux.
|Friday - Lesson 02|
|Now that you have Linux installed on your PC, you
have a desktop full of unfamiliar icons and menus. So in this lesson,
we'll explore the SimplyMEPIS version 6.5 KDE desktop environment.
You'll see how a Linux desktop differs from Microsoft Windows or Apple
Macintosh. You'll also learn how to customize your desktop with
shortcuts and menus so you can always have the items you need right at
|Wednesday - Lesson 03|
|No matter what programs you run on your computer, at
some point you'll probably need to work with files. Today's lesson
describes how Linux handles files and folders and shows you how to
access them using Linux's graphical tools. The way Linux handles files
is different from Microsoft Windows, and knowing about these differences
is crucial to enjoying your Linux experience.
|Friday - Lesson 04|
|In this lesson, we'll delve into how Linux manages
file security. We'll discuss users and groups, and how you can set
permissions to files and folders. You'll use various Linux tools to
create new users and groups, and assign them permissions on your Linux
desktop. You'll find out how to restrict access to your personal files,
and then you'll set up a group to share files among several users.
|Wednesday - Lesson 05|
|Today, you'll learn how Linux handles desktop
printers. You'll see how to configure Linux to support your printer, and
how to use your printer with common Linux applications.
|Friday - Lesson 06|
|In this lesson, you'll find out how Linux's
OpenOffice.org packages can replace all Microsoft Office software
products. Not only will you be able to create word processing documents,
spreadsheets, and presentation graphic documents, you'll be able to read
and modify existing documents that were created using Microsoft Office
|Wednesday - Lesson 07|
|We live in a multimedia world. No modern computer
would be complete without the ability to play audio and video files. So
today we'll cover how to use the tools available in Linux to perform all
of your multimedia needs. You'll learn how to play CDs and DVDs on your
Linux system, how to rip music, and how to burn your own CDs.
|Friday - Lesson 08|
|This lesson is about using your Linux PC to connect
to the Internet. There are many ways to connect to it, and Linux
supports them all. If you already have a dial-up or high-speed
connection, today you'll find out how to use it with your Linux PC.
We'll also walk through the software available on your Linux PC to surf,
chat, and transfer files.
|Wednesday - Lesson 09|
|To many people, the most important feature of the
Internet is e-mail. Today, you'll learn how to connect your Linux PC to
your ISP e-mail mailbox. We'll discuss setting up and using Linux's
popular KMail package.
|Friday - Lesson 10|
|In this lesson, we'll dig a little deeper into the
Linux world. We're going to explore using command lines. By using system
commands, you can manually extract information about your operating
system. This is often easier and faster than relying on fancy graphical
tools. So we'll go over a few simple commands you can use to examine
your file system and see all of the applications that your system is
|Wednesday - Lesson 11|
|Even though Linux distributions generally include
lots of software, at some point, most users come across additional
software they'd like to have. So today, we'll discuss the various ways
you can install software on your Linux PC. We'll cover installing it
manually, as well as installing it by using graphical installation
|Friday - Lesson 12|
|In our final lesson, you'll learn some basic system
administration techniques to help you when things go awry with your
Linux system. We'll talk about backing up data and file archiving.
You'll discover how Linux logs system events, and how to examine the log
files to help troubleshoot any problems that occur. We'll also examine
an interactive tool for watching system resources in real-time
mode—seeing how the CPU and memory are performing, and how the programs
you're running affect your system's resources.
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