Intro to Linux

Urban Voice -- Instructor: Lenny Bailes

Day 3 Agenda

    1. New students log in and create Yahoo email accounts. (Set Mozilla browser proxy.) After completion, go to Red Hat opening page and Activate your copy of RH Linux.

    Click Activate, choose New Login, create a Red Hat username with a password of "passw0rd." Fill in contact information with Urban Voice, 2239 Poplar, Oakland, CA with phone number 510-208-7357.

    When RH registration is complete, return to Yahoo email and send a note to me at:
    [email protected] stating 1) machine number of your computer, 2) your RH user login and 3) your RH password.

    Check out class Red Hat online documentation resources, particularly the Getting Started Guide.

      2. Discuss Eric Raymond's essay about Linux, The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

      3. Reading and saving files to mounted DOS/Windows floppy disks, and reading a
          CDROM. (right-click desktop, go to Disks menu)

      4. Work with Gnome Panels
5. Take note of RH Up2Date icon on taskbar (Check your Linux email account for a note on a possible problem with this feature.)

6. Explore Linux help systems

7. Working with Linux at the console.
See also

Console Exercises

list contents of directory in default view and details view
determine current directory
log into a different directory
make a copy of a file in the same directory
copy a file from one directory to another
delete a file
rename a file
create a directory
remove a directory
move a file
create symbolic links
create a new file with touch
change read/write file permissions with chmod ("rule of 7")
search for files with find and locate (use locate -u to update system database)
use pipes (< >) to save a search
use grep to search for word patterns in files (grep pattern file 1 file 2) (grep -l string * )
combine commands with $ ( ln -s $(locate '*.jpg') jpegfiles
use Ctrl+Z to suspend a program and fg to return to it.


10. Practical Application Exercises

Read/review Jang, Chapters 8,3, 19
Practice installing RH Linux 9 at home (if possible). Take notes and report difficulties. (Feel free to email me, if you encounter difficulties.)

Browse through Neal Stephenson's Essay: "In the Beginning Was the Command Line."
(a printable text version can be downloaded here).


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