Frank Murphy (Frankly3D) wrote:
> Have convinced my local community thingey to allow me organise a
> "Introduction to Linux" course\lessons.
>> Which have been proprietry focused up to now.
> Using LiveCD's, what sort of lesson content,
> should I try include.
> As I have no "teacher" type experience.
Interesting problem. I run a small Linux network for our company and
most people have never seen a Linux desktop when they walk through the
door. However people generally need minimal training to run the desktop
- literally a few minutes. Some things that do trip them up:
1. Permissions on files - we share files via NFS and understanding file
permissions is a common problem when you come from Windows.
2. Security - In fact the whole notion of security seems pretty vague in
most peoples minds. People assume security is buying a copy of Norton
and are surprised we don't use a virus scanner but do check log files
and run integrity checkers.
3. Drives and file systems (more of the above). This really confuses
them, they are used to a C drive and a "network drive" appearing as
something separate. We also use NFS exports from a central server and
people find that strange. A common comment is - "I need to log in to my
computer to see the files on my desktop" - No you don't, /home is an NFS
mount - takes a while to sink in.
I guess your audience will probably have some computer experience, its
unlikely a computer illiterate will sign up for a Linux class. Why not
take them through a complete install - right from where to get the
disks, burning an ISO, installing and then going through various key
tasks: securing, admin basics, make it pretty and then using the common
applications. Installation is a good chance to explain file systems,
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