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Linux Fundamentals: A Training Manual

AuthorPhilip Carinhas Entered2000-12-30 11:12:55 by kente
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SubjectQ.A - Mathematics. Computer science (operating systems)
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A decent guide for training new Linux users
by kente on 2000-12-30 11:12:55, review #70
Fortuitous Technologies has GPLd the training manual they use for training new Linux users. I've never had formal Linux training from them or anyone else, but I have been an unpaid trainer a few times. This 82-page manual would work well as a course outline and reference after the course is over. It would even be a good guide for those learning on their own, if they already have a little bit of Unix background.

It covers users and groups, bash and tcsh (both interactive and scripted), file ownership and modes, process control, editors (vi, pico, emacs), X, and networking. Of these topics, the shell is best covered, and the rest is pretty basic introductory stuff. Again, the intended intro training audience is clear, and anyone working very hard with this tutorial will outgrow it in a day or two. There are many common sources for further learning of these topics, so I hardly see that as a drawback.

The source is LaTeX, page size is 8.5 x 11", also downloadable as PostScript.

Overall, it is well put-together and the details have been attended to. (There's nothing worse than an introductory guide with typos that make the examples nonfunctional.) Several of the advanced sections are quickly glossed over with unexplained examples, obviously a place where writing the explanation would have been harder than explaining it to the learners in person. Maybe someone will fill in these blanks and contribute them back to Fortuitous.

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