Also included below, this one time. Topic: Linux in general and Debian in particular. Time: about two hours (including pauses?). Utilities: overhead, possibly a computer. Audience: about 200 people, admin types 1. Introduction + overview of talk + my background, briefly 2. Linux + Linux is a free (GPL) Unix-like kernel, written by LT + Interesting features: o multi-platform: Intel, Alpha, Motorol 68K, Sparc, PowerPC, ... o loadable modules o good memory management o a little SMP support o lots of drivers o all the usual Unix stuff + Distributions o Linus does the kernel only (and not all of that) o Other people package the kernel + other programs + installation tools and instructions = distribution o Debian, Red Hat, Slackware, Yggdrasil, and many others o Mostly the same programs, but big differences in packaging + Commercial interest o Caldera o Ports of commercial programs: ... o Native commercial programs: ... + Support o The Net: WWW, newsgroups, mailing lists, irc o Linux Documentation Project: free books # Installation and Getting Started, by Matt Welsh # Network Administrators' Guide, by Olaf Kirch # System Administrators' Guide, by Lars Wirzenius # Programmers' Guide (?) # Users' Guide (?) # FAQ's and HOWTO's, by lots of people # from the net and commercially o Commercial books # Running Linux, by Matt Welsh and Lar Kaufmann o Linux Journal o From commercial distributors for money: ... + Plans for future o better SMP support o keep ahead of the pack + Contact info o http://www.linux.org/ o http://sunsite.unc.edu/~mdw/linux/ 3. Debian + How Debian is different o goals: free, best, can be used as a base o volunteer project o packaging system o bug database o + The packaging system o best of all the free ones, possibly of all o extensive use of dependencies o multiple levels of dependencies o both source and binary packages o multi-platform support o + Available packages o The base system o main/contrib/non-free o admin, comm, devel, doc, editors, games, graphics, mail, math, misc, net, news, shells, sound, tex, text, x11 o all of the usual freeware stuff: gcc, Emacs, TeX, XFree86, ... o very little commercial stuff + History o started by Ian M in 199x o support from the FSF o version 1.1 in June, 1996 o o o + Plans for future o to boldly go, where no distribution has gone before + Contact info o http://www.debian.org/ 4. Why Linux? Why Debian? + ? -- Please read <http://www.iki.fi/liw/mail-to-lasu.html> before mailing me. Please don't Cc: me when replying to my message on a mailing list.
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