CS 81.21:  Introduction to Linux

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Santa Rosa Junior College, California
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Getting Started

Spring 2019

· Course Information

· Assignment Schedule

· Zoom: Getting Started

· Secure Terminal Programs

· Unix Resources

· Portable Linux

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Welcome to Introduction to Linux!  This is a single combined classroom/online course with multiple section numbers, either designated "online" or "lecture."  However, it doesn't matter which section number you enrolled in.  They're all the same -- taught in a classroom and online, at the same time: your instructor broadcasts the classroom lectures live on the web, and later puts recordings of the lectures on the Modules page of your course material on the Cisco Networking Academy site. You may attend either way at any time, including coming to the classroom one week and attending online the next, either live or recorded. 

Our Linux Essentials course material is free online for students of this course. You won't need to buy a book. Although I have some recommended books in the SRJC bookstore, they're for reference only, and you won't require them.

Here's how to get started:

  1. By the start of the semester, your instructor will add your account to the Linux Essentials course material on the Cisco Networking Academy, so you can log in and begin working.
    1. If you already have a Cisco Networking Academy or Cisco Netspace account from a previous course, please use that user name and password to log in.
    2. If you do not have a previous Cisco Networking Academy account, look for a course invitation email by the start of the course. You may see a Subject line containing "Cisco NetSpace Login Information". Follow the directions to establish your user name and password. If you do not find an invitiation email, even in your Junk or Spam folder, please contact your intstructor immediately.
  2. Read the Course Information.
  3. Read the Assignments & Exams Schedule.
  4. Read Zoom: Getting Started to prepare yourself and your computer for the online recorded lectures.
  5. In the Cisco Networking Academy course material, open the Modules section for the assignments and lecture recordings.
  6. Optional steps:
    1. Obtain a new account on the Student server student.santarosa.edu.  See Student Server Account Application below.
    2. Get a secure terminal program, so you can work at the Student server's Linux command line. 
    3. Make your own Linux system: see the Portable Linux page.

Student Server Account Application

As part of your practice, you may use a remote Linux command line to the SRJC Student server, which runs the CentOS distribution.  The Student server assigns you a user name and password.



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