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Hi, I wanted to follow up to the group about our last educational
institue meeting. The Free Software Institute had its first planning
meeting last Thursday. It went pretty well. We had a lot of things on
the agenda and we covered all of them to some degree.
The first thing we talked about, and what we spent most of our time on
was developing a curriculum. As you all know, the point is to develop a
cradle-to-grave Linux/Unix training. As it currently stands we have the
following worked out. [snip, i put the draft of the curriculum outline
at the end (this is also on the web site)].
We have a deal worked out with a reliable hardware vendor to provide us
with inexpensive boxes. Each student can (they are highly encouraged
to..) buy themselves one of these boxes, and use them to install and
practice on. They will then be able to take these systems home with
them for their own use.
The first of these classes (Intro to Linux 1) is starting soon. Check
the web site for details. I highly reccomend this class if you would
like to get up to date on (and feel comfortable with) the topics
covered, remember the classes will build on each other. But you'll need
to act quickly.
There will also be some classes not listed as part of the core
curriculum (electives if you will) covering different toolsets and
languages. (think LISP and GTK) They are a great way to expand your
knowledge. The GTK workshop (check the web site) is also starting soon.
And this is an exceelent way to get started or hone your programming
We also discussed setting up an online distance learning curriculum.
these would be designed to supplement the classes themselves and in the
beginning be similar to course materials. We also discussed creating a
variety of training materials for other outlets that need better
Unix/Linux/Free Software materials. These needs a lot more thought and
planning. The current thinking is that this would help us generating
funds as well.
This brought us inevitably to licencing and permissions issues. This is
something we will need to discuss further in the future. Don't worry,
we'll work all of this out together.
Teaching stipends were also discussed. We feel that $500 is a
reasonable ammount. And what we may be able to afford at thins point.
This is a volunteer organization.
We talked a lot about volunteering and meeting different people's needs.
This is an open discussion. If anybody would like to discuss
volunteering please don't be hesitant about getting ahold of me. We can
discuss what you can do. We need a lot of help with different things
and a lot of work can accomodate varying levels of commitment. Don't
worry, just call me (or email).
We also talked about our lecture series and inservice meetings (same
thing). These are really exciting too. We're looking at a monthly
schedule here (maybe bi-weekly if we have enough volunteers?). We also
want to be able to digitally record these in the future. These lectures
and talks are a way to come together as a community and share our
knowledge. There are a variety of different things that each of us do
on a regular basis that we would be ineterested in sharing with others.
Please get ahold of me if you think you might be interested in holding
one. This is really an open subject area thing, as long as it has to do
with free software. This is also an excellent way to hone your teaching
and public speaking skills. (We're a pretty forgiving audience.) and if
you are considering teaching a class or even just playing with the idea,
this is a great way to warm up.
We're holding another one tonight, by the way. Please try to make it.
Brendan McAdams is talking about Creating Secure Transactions over the
Web with Free Software at the Killarny Rose, 82 Beaver Street, 2nd
We also talked about securing space for our classes. While we have a
location for our first two classes, we are looking for a secure and
stabel place to hold our classes untill we have our own place. We need
storage space for the computers, as well as enough room to hold a class.
Community or education oriented space is a possibilty. If you think you
might know of a place we can use, or might be able to secure us a
location, please get ahold of me or Ruben ASAP.
Anyway, that's pretty much last Thursday's meeting.
Things are definately moving along. Please let me know if there is
anything you want to discuss. If you think you might like to volunteer,
email or IM me. You can also feel free to call. I think this can
really be an incredible thing here, with your help. :) I hope to see
you all tonight.
Introduction to Linux
Introduction to the Shell
Introduction to VI, vim,
Basic Shell comands
files, ownership, group permissions
Setting up X
sysinit - /etc/rc.d/init.d - turning services off and on
adding users - different on different systems
ifconfig - see network connections
modules - modprobe, demode, lsmod, kernel compile
Introduction to unix
Unix Tool, find, locate, man, grep, AWK, sort, df, ls, gcc, make
cp, ln, mv Permissions, tcp networking,route.
Introduction to Programming with Perl
shell scripting, C programming, Desktop X.
Introduction to Apache: Linux 2
Install of mod perl, install of Apache, Install of embperl,
and mason, basic apache configuration with files and virtual
Advanced Web Programming with Perl
embperl, modperl, the apache request cycle, cgi's, html, forms,
cookies and sessions
Database Programming 1
MYSQL installation, Creating tables, performance evalutions,
SQL seelcts, Inserts, user permissions, Perl DBI, C API.
Introdution to Networking 1
REVIEW tcp/id, introduce mail, sendmail, bind, DNS, DHCP,
SAMBA, NFS, SSH, ROUTE
It was a good first meeting. had a great meeting the other night. We
talked for a few hours planning out a general curriculum, the setting up
of an online learning center to assist the classes, creating other sorts
of training materials as well, teaching stipends, volunteerism, and
sharing wisdom, opinions and annecdotes. :)
On Fri, 2002-01-04 at 09:17, Ruben Safir wrote:
> Following up on last nights wildly successful first Free Software
> Institute Meeting, the Chair of the Institute, and myself, wish to
> introduce the first class of our cradle to grave Linux/Free Software
> Paul will followup on the complete program, but I would like to
> announce the first class. This is a very exciting begining.
> The first class is called Intoduction to Linux. The cost is $200
> plus you can get purchase a computer through our network of
> hardware vendors to participate in the class. This class goes
> through the installation process of Linux on standard hardware
> and ONLY hardware which we order through our vendor will
> be allowed to be used in the classroom. This prevents us from
> turning into installfest maddness.
> People who spring for the machine (for less than $500) will
> beable to use it in further classes as we learn to build a powerful
> The class will be 5 classes in 5 weeks from
> Monday Febuary 4th until March 4th. All students
> MUST pay in advanced.
> The time of the class will be 7PM - 10:30PM We might push later is
> required. We will also meet on line for instruction on an agreed upon
> weeksly time to fill out about 6 hours a weeks instruction.
> We will hold class at
> Rosenswieg and Maffia at 845 3rd Avenue in Midtown Manhattan
> A maximum of 20 students can be accomedated.
> Checks are made payable to NYLXS.
> Final exams of this class is the installation of a system with
> basic setup.
> This is the Syllabus for the first class:
> Introduction to Linux
> Boot Media, Kernels
> Hard Drives
> fdisk, type 82, 83 etc
> swap partitions, mkswap, swapon, partition types,
> patition tables, /boot /home /usr /var
> file systems, ext2, reiser, ext3, mke2fs
> Intro to the Shell
> Kernel ->getty->login-shell
> Introduction to VI
> VI Commands (and vim)
> Command mode
> p=> paste
> edit more
> Typing to the screen
> execute mode
> :w write
> :q quit
> :wq! at all costs
> 1,$s/old/new/g - global substitutions
> Basic Shell Commands
> ls glob*
> Files, ownershop, group permission
> Setting up X
> Knowing your hardware
> Network Setup Basics
> host name
> domain name
> dns entries
> adding users on different systems
> modules - lsmod, modprobe, depmode
> This class will be followed up by the Unix 1 Class.
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