But first, what is "Open Source",
the software & the movement?
But first, let's consider the entire concept of Open Source, then move on to the networks that Open Source software may run on.
- Introduction to Linux: Red Hat
- Linux as a server, serving Windows clients. The class website is hosted on a Red Had Linux server.
- Linux Tutorial
- A comparison of Linux and Windows
- Why Linux?
However, when you hear that Linux is "free", consider the cost of your time.
Linux is not always perfect.
What does Linux mean to its advocates: it's all about freedom, man.
What can Linux do now?
- CD bootable OS - Knoppix & Ubuntu; how does it look to the user?
- office applications - open office
- image manipulation - gimp
- web browser - was mozilla, now it's something else
- email client - mulberry
What is its future?
- on phones
- Sun embracing it on Sparc
- Dell used to offer it on PCs, but didn't get enough business to continue
- but it is the heart of the OLPC and the eee
Other thoughts on Open Source
The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric S. Raymond in First Monday, March 1998.
Not required, but well worth your time. If you want to read only part of it, read Necessary Preconditions for the Bazaar Style and The Social Context of Open-Source Software.
Not everyone agrees with Raymond, however. You might take a glance at A Second Look at The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Nikolai Bezroukov in First Monday, December 1999. Also not required, but if you are interested in the Open-Source issue, you might want to learn about all sides of the issue.
If open source or Linux appeals to you
Find your way to Manning 213 and introduce yourself to the cast of characters there.
Take a look at this Linux tutorial and see if it makes you "an expert in 10 lessons".
But be aware ...
Now for networks
We'll start with an intro to the networking here in the SILS then we'll look at a roadmap of the wires and boxes which connect us to the internet.