Introduction to Linux and history

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the origins of linux operating systems
  • State several differences from Windows OS
  • List characteristics of open source software

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  • What is Linux?
  • Common Uses for Linux
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Linux
    • Advantages
    • Disadvantages
      • Linux is less popular on Desktop Computers so most people aren't familiar with it, and the learning curve can be rough.
      • Compatibility, because it's not widely adopted, Linux programs aren't common, and most things are made for Windows.
      • There is NO tech support, if you run into an issue it's all on you to solve, hope your GoogleFu is strong.
      • Hardware Compatibility, Device drivers are an issue with Linux, it can be hard to find things that work with your system. If you want a printer you can't just go buy one, you need to find one that's compatible.
      • Everything can be customized!
  • Vocabulary

Suggested Activities and Discussion Topics:

  • Find one person you think is interesting in the open source community and write a quick paragraph to tell us about them. First come first serve on who you pick.
  • This discussion is about all the variety of Linux flavors that are out there and your thoughts on that. Pick 1 flavor of Linux and tell us about it. Things to think about:
    • You know from the materials in this first topic that Linux has more options then any other OS, do you think that's good? Bad? Neither?
    • Can you see any problems with having so many options?
    • Can you see any benefits to having so many options?
  • If using these on an LMS (Learning Management System such as Blackboard or Canvas) consider adding the following: Your person is picked by including their name in the title of your thread after you name. Duplications are not counted

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