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Wits offers Linux course

By   |  September 15, 2003

Users looking to expand their understanding of the open source Linux operating system can now sign up for a two day course hosted by the computer science department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The two day course, to be run on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2003, will cater for computer literate users who want to learn the basics of Linux. The course organisers say that previous Linux experience is not required.

The course will be run over 2 full days and include both theoretical and practical components and will provide a hybrid training for both users as well as system administrators. The lecturer for the course will be Adi Attar who says the material to be covered differs from a traditional users course in that it provides some basic system administration skills necessary for installing and maintaining a standard Linux workstation. She says, however, that the course is intended as a fully-fledged system administration course as it does not cover many important server-side concepts such as security and network service management.

By the end of the course, users should be able to interact with the Linux GUI(graphical user interface) and command line interface to complete standard tasks such as managing files, accessing the Internet and using email, word processing. Users will also be taught to perform a standard installation of the RedHat Linux distribution. On the systems side users will be taught to manage users and permissions, manage software using the RedHat Package Manager(RPM) and compile software on the command line.

The cost of the two day workshop, including course notes, is:
Normal rate: R1000
Wits staff: R500
Bona-fide full-time students: R400
Members of laboratories supported by the National Bioinformatics Network (NBN): R300

More information on the course and a registration form can be found at


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