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StudentsJoshua Anglero, Christopher Dutra, Frank Gonnell , Carol Hopkins, Michelle Houck, Thomas Ockenhouse, Stefano Polo,
Below are some concepts we need to clarify before we continue to talk about Unix/Linux. These topics come up when you try to install a Linux distribution. For each topic you should create a short paper (1 to 5 pages) and an in-class presentation (5 - 10 minutes).
Click on the links to read the completed papers if available.
- Unix Overview: What is Unix historically, who are the major playors, what is Linux vs Unix.
By Bert Wachsmuth
- Linux Distributions: What is a Linux distribution, what are the major ones, how can I try one out, what are pros/cons of some of the major ditributions. (check out the paper).
By Frank Gonnello
- RAID: What is a a RAID array, why would I want one, what are the downsides, what is RAID 1 or 2 or 5.
By Christopher Dutra
- Partitions: What is a "Partition", what is a "File System", what if any is the difference between a Windows partition and a Unix partition, why are partitions labeled "hda, hdb" or something similar.
By Stefano Polo (check out the paper)
- DHCP and Network Settings: what is DHCP and what is its function, what is a Gateway and why do we need one, what is DNS.
By Carol Hopkins (check out the paper)
- Gnome, KDE, and X: What is Gnome, and KDE, what do they stand for, where do they come from, what are the differences and similarities. What is an "X Server", is it part of the operating system, what does it have to do with GUI programs and the desktop, how do I configure it, how can I connect to it, can an X Server run on a PC.
By Joshua Anglero
- Accounts and Authentication: What is a user account, where is the information stored, what accounts are present on a Unix system, how can I authenticate a user, why are there different authentication standards such as NIS, LDAP, and Kerberos and how do they work.
By Thomas Ockenhouse
- Time: What is a "second", is there the "standard time" and how is it measured, why are there time zones and who decides where they are, how do I synchronize my computer with the "standard time", what is the problem with time synchronization and how to I solve it.
By Michelle Houck (check out the paper)