This course covers a hands-on introduction to Linux installation, configuration, and administration, aimed at engineers who want to use Linux in a development team or similar setting. The focus is on individual users and small networks. Concepts covered include Linux installation; the GNOME desktop and RPM; managing users; automation (at, batch, and cron); backup and disaster recovery; mail servers; FTP and web servers; Bugzilla, Subversion, and antivirus systems, and installing new software.
Students will complete a term project to demonstrate their ability to apply what they have learned in class. Applications of Linux for SMP and enterprise-class networking are not in the scope of this course, although the related skills can be applied to SMP and cluster computing.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Install Linux on Intel x86 hardware.
Explain how to configure some common Linux services such as Web and email servers for use as a workstation or server.
Manage user accounts and system resources.
Apply basic principles of system security.
Prepare for and recover from common disasters.
Implement a software system under Linux.