Rick Moen wrote:
> Let's review for a moment, please. Isn't this supposed to be a training
> course for people aiming to be technically competent? That is, isn't
> the aim for trainees to emerge with some good fundamental understanding
> of the subject?
We have no information either way about that. All we know is "We run a
Linux course here". For all we know, this could be an ECDL clone, in
which case a console may be described but never touched.
From what Carol has told, it seems she's looking for a
one-size-fits-all distribution which will adequately cover the student
for the future.
But, as we agree, it's what's under the hood that's what's important -
not the packaging.
In the case that this /is/ an ECDL clone, it's probably okay to stick to
one popular distribution and WM, but to only use the applications which
come with all - use Mozilla instead of Konqueror, Openoffice instead of
Of course, the a FAS course may focus on GUI configuration tools rather
than teaching the user to dig into the guts of the .conf files.
If so, then the question of distribution may be important - RedHat
and Mandrake, for example, have their own tools for configuring networks
- should those be taught, or should the student be taught to use
ifconfig, et al?
The more simple solution is the former, but the more long-term
solution is the latter.
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