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Re: [vox] a worthy project

This is a good idea.

IMO, there should be a couple of sections.
   command line basics
   Gnome/KDE basics (or another window manager)
   basic *NIX thinking. 

Basic *NIX thinking is the most important thing. ex. Put
all your contacts in a plain text file then grep the file
for all people named "Andy" instead of finding the _right_
contact manager. cat contacts|grep Andy

I found that once I divorced myself from the
(everything-you-need-is-a-powertool-extention) windows
concept to the (Every-tool-you-need) *NIX concept I became
a poweruser over night. <caveat> I still forget and use the
man pages </caveat> The contacts idea is just the beginning
of sparking their imagination.

-- Andy

--- Peter Jay Salzman <p@dirac.org> wrote:
> hi all,
> there are lots of classes that make use of gnu/linux, but
> whose focus
> isn't to teach gnu/linux, for example, a class that
> teaches numerical
> techniques.
> after looking around, i've found that every professor and
> TA has his/her
> own tutorial.  some good, some crappy.  they all suffer
> from someone who
> hastily put something together the night before the
> quarter starts so
> his students don't flounder.
> you can always tell students to "read a book", but that's
> not about to
> happen.  too much information for people who really just
> need to know
> how to limp along in gnu/linux.
> what might be a good project to work on is a gnu/linux
> tutorial aimed
> for a class of windows users who are sitting in front of
> a gnu/linux
> terminal for the first time.  realistically, the tutorial
> should be no
> longer than 15 or 20 minutes worth of reading, otherwise
> you'll lose the
> typical undergrad.
> the tutorial might also contain bash conveniences like
> up-arrow
> history, cntrl-r history, exclamation point history and
> tab completion.
> i've found that many people become disgusted with typing
> everything in
> full.
> a lot of thought needs to be put into what's the minimum
> amount of info
> the student needs to know in order to be functional.
> anyway, just an idea.
> pete
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