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IT320

OPERATING SYSTEM
CONCEPTS

Unit 3: Welcome to Linux

June 2011

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Unit 3: Reading & Assignments


Textbook Reading


Chapter 2 (section on Linux)



2 Discussion Questions



PowerPoint Presentation


Due Tuesday, June 7, 2011


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Unit 3: Discussion Questions


DQ1


Linux distributions include many applications you would normally pay for
on a Windows operating system. Select two applications that are
included with Linux and compare them to applications you paid for to
use on Windows.


Share with the class your experience using the applications, is the
functionality comparable, is it easy to use, would you recommend the
application to others?


DQ2


Now that you have been introduced to Linux, what differences and
similarities have you found in Linux and Windows? Be as detailed as
possible.




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Unit 3: Linux PowerPoint


Create a presentation of at least 10 PowerPoint slides comparing
three Linux distributions.


Your presentation should include, but not be limited to, the hardware
requirements, features, applications and utilities included with your
Linux distribution.


Select one Linux distribution you would recommend for home use. Be
sure to defend your selection.


Also include a title slide and reference slide (not part of 10)



If you need any guidance using PowerPoint, you can refer to the
Atomic Learning section in the course home unit.

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Unit 3: Grading Rubric

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Overview of Linux

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What is Linux?


“Linux is a free Unix
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type operating system
originally created by Linus Torvalds with the
assistance of developers around the world.
Developed under the GNU General Public License ,
the source code for Linux is freely available to
everyone.”




Source: http://www.linux.org/


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Who created Linux?


Started in 1991 as a variant of UNIX



Created by Linus Torvalds at University of Helsinki,
Finland



Version 1.0 of the Linux Kernel released in 1994



Current version of Linux Kernel is Version 2.6

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Linux
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GPL


Torvalds released Linux under GPL


GNU general public license (GPL)


Very different from standard commercial software
license


Author agrees to give away source code


Anyone is licensed to redistribute it in any form


What is advantage of releasing under GPL?

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Why Linux?


OS is free


you supply the hardware


Fully customizable


Powerful & exploit features of hardware


Linux Kernel is small & compact


Highly compatible with other OS


Well Supported


Open Source

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Linux Kernel


Kernel = Operating System


Interacts with hardware system


Provides execution environment to applications



To learn more about
Linux Kernel
, try the O’Reilly
book “Understanding the Linux Kernel”



If you want to create your own, try the wiki site
-

http://kernelnewbies.org/

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Linux Kernel


Kernel is process manager not process



2 modes


User mode

In user mode, applications can not access the kernel.


Kernel mode


Kernel switches between modes


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Strengths of Linux


Stability


Security


Speed


Cost


Multiprocessing


Applications


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Linux Distributions


Linux Kernel doesn’t provide all features of OS


Complete OS should include:


Hardware devices


Installation programs


Networking and system admin utilities


Personal productivity applications


Documentation


Linux Distributions


Version of Linux with OS Kernel and these components

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Linux Distributions

Linux Distributions









http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major


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Linux Distributions (“Flavors”)


Ubuntu


Fedora


openSUSE


Debian


Mandriva


FreeBSD



Linux Mint


PCLinuxOS


Slackware


Gentoo


CentOS


Plus hundreds more

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The Complete Guide to Linux
System Administration

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Hardware Requirements


Can run on very minimal hardware


Recommend that computer have minimum of:


1 GB of free disk space


64 MB of RAM


For Red Hat Enterprise Linux installations:


256 MB of RAM


300 MHZ CPU


800 MB of free disk space


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Version Numbering


Version numbers assigned to:


Each release of Linux kernel


Each component of Linux distribution


Linux distributions


Most users select latest available version

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Version Numbering (continued)


Kernel version number components


Major version number


Minor version number


Even indicates production release


Odd indicates development release


Patch
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level number

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System Administration

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Linux Certification


Industry certification programs


Red Hat Certified Technician


Red Hat Certified Engineer


LPI Certification


Linux Certified Administrator (LCA) Certification


Linux+ Certification


Novell Certified Linux Engineer

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System Administration

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System Administrator


Linux is increasingly part of information technology
infrastructure of large organizations



Knowledge of Linux can set you on path to a
fulfilling and profitable career


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System Administration

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Careers in Linux


System administrator


Network administrator


Software engineer


Trainer


Technical writer


Product marketing


Business consultant


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Unit 3: Linux PowerPoint


Create a presentation of at least 10 PowerPoint slides comparing
three Linux distributions.


Your presentation should include, but not be limited to, the hardware
requirements, features, applications and utilities included with your
Linux distribution.


Select one Linux distribution you would recommend for home use. Be
sure to defend your selection.


Also include a title slide and reference slide (not part of 10)



If you need any guidance using PowerPoint, you can refer to the
Atomic Learning section in the course home unit.

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PowerPoint Assignment (slides)


Title


Overview / Preview of Presentation


What is Linux?


2
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3 slides for Distribution 1


2
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3 slides for Distribution 2


2
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3 slides for Distribution 3


Recommended Distribution for home use & why


References

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Example


centOS Linux


centOS Linux


Started in 2003


Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RSEL)


Same as RSEL with centOS logo & branding


Stands for “Community Enterprise OS”


Reliable server distribution


Updates released about every 2
-
3 years


Stable for enterprises, but not “latest & greatest”

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Example


centOS Linux


Hardware


“Installation DVDs and installable live CDs (with
GNOME) for i386 and x86_64 processors; older
versions (3.x and 4.x) also available for Alpha, IA64
and IBM z
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series (s390, s390x) processors.”



Add my own comments here



Source:
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major

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Example


centOS Linux


Features


Stable & Secure


Includes OpenOffice 2.0


No DVD software interface


What else??


Utilities


Updated by YUM (Yellowdog Updated Modifier)


GNOME & KDE GUI Interfaces


RPM (RedHat Package Manager)


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Source:
http://www.daniweb.com/news/
post971130.html

Any Questions?


Pam Van Hook



Email:
pvanhook@kaplan.edu


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