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Re: Re: Show me some good newbie intros to GNU/Linux

On Sat, 23 Feb 2002, Hans Ekbrand wrote:
> Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2002 00:38:07 +0100
> To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
> From: Hans Ekbrand <hans@sociologi.cjb.net>
> Subject: Re: Show me some good newbie intros to GNU/Linux
> On Sat, Feb 23, 2002 at 08:11:33AM +1000, Alan Davis wrote:
> > I have a four machine GNU/Linux (Debian) net in my classroom, for
> student use.  Many students have gotten to know the basics---which
> consists of how to start up Galeon or Netscape, even how to log on as
> "students".  (I set up one account, so far, for most students, and leave
> the machine logged on to that account.  Comments?)
> You might be interested in Linux Terminal Server Project. www.ltsp.org
> > This is a demonstration/proof of concept project.  This is a Biology
> class; I don't have the free reign to spend two weeks on computer basics.
>  I have the students read Sterling's Brief History of the Internet, give
> them a few pointers of web searching, show them galeon, and let them
> search.  Some students do quite well.  
> > But I CANNOT FIND any single good introduction to GNU/Linux that is
> geared to this leverl.  Here is a typical opening paragraph:
> > 
> >    Linux is a POSIX compliant, UNIX-like operating system, with a
> kernel    written by a Finnish graduate student, and etc., etc., etc.  
> > 
> > Con someone point me to some documents that actually attempt to explain
> what the differences are, from Windoze and the Mac (the two computers
> with which students are obviously acquainted)?
> "What the differences are", is, from the students perspective, largely
> dependant on what programs/window managers/desktop-environments they
> use. I find the KDE documentation pretty basic, e.g.
> http://www.kde.org/documentation/userguide/desktop-components.html. A
> quick glance at the gnome quickstart also gave a good impression:
> http://www.labs.redhat.com/gug/users-guide/quickstart.html

Try this:


Paul Scott

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