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Welcome to the course
- This is an experiment – we have no clue if it works out
- By the people for the people
- Help if you like:
- Support others
- Ask questions
- What we have at our disposal:
- Some physical PCs/Laptops, preinstalled with Xubuntu Linux
- Virtual PCs that you may use
- The laptops/tablets/PCs you brought?
- The course website
What is this all about?
- Computer curses for newcomers
- We love to pass on our knowledge
- We want to support people to get their computer stuff done
- Bring internet connectivity to cities/guest houses
- We start from the beginning and slowly move to more advanced topics.
- An open project – the topics depend on the needs of the visitors.
- What do you expect from this course?
- Please contribute if you can (comments, translations, …)
Who are we?
- Members of the local Linux User Group: VALUG
- Computer enthusiasts
What is …
- Physical elements of a computer: mouse, keyboard, cpu, hard disk, …
- A lot of different parts in a casing.
- Can be of almost any form factor: laptop, pc, mobile phone, tablet.
- Software or programs: instructions for the computer.
- Developers write those progams and special tools translate this into executable code.
- Performs task on the hardware.
- System software: kernel, control the hardware (Linux, Windows, Mac)
- User software: programs to perform user tasks: Word processor, calculator, web browser, mail client
Why do we use Linux?
- Free software. Not only gratis (as in free beer) but also free (as in a free society):
- The freedom to run the program, for any purpose.
- The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor.
- The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others. By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
- Easy to use
- General purpose operating system: mail, web browser, provide services, gaming, …
- Fits our needs best
- You might already be using it
Internet and Linux
- Linux would not be possible without the Internet
- Internet would not be possible without Linux
- Unix-like operating systems have about 70% market share
- We try to refurbish old hardware for newcomers
- Xubuntu Linux is installed on all Kalliope PCs:
- It is an elegant and easy to use operating system for anyone.
- It looks good and runs smoothly on old hardware.
- It provides all programs that are required for day-to-day usage.
- It is free software and anyone can download and install it.
- Hardware is donated by individuals/companies.
- We have almost no budget, there is no way for us to buy a windows license for each and every Kalliope PC.