[ILUG] Linux Teaching -- prepare 3 day course
Conor.Wynne at compaq.com
Thu Sep 27 11:43:49 IST 2001
I completely agree.
As part of the trainee program, us boyz have to run various different
courses on all flavours of OS.
We tried to do a linux course in three days but its just impossible.
What we did do was a one week fundamentals course. vi, file systems
structure etc, no gui's at all, telnet, shells - bash korn etc. Pretty basic
stuff but essential before going into gui stuff.
Actually another week we covered a few unices,
2.5 days each. And at the end we made a comparison between them.
This may seem insane but it is a good introduction for a total newbie.
One can actually cover most other stuff in a further week or less but its
kinda pushing it - doable though.
Just get your notes right. Handouts, slides and stick rigoursly to the
They will not remember everything, but they shall have an overview.
Then run a more advanced course and charge them again :)
So to recap (and you will need the last day/afternoon for this)
Course 1, unix fundamentals
1: basic shit no X stuff - learn the basic shell(s) (not scripting - this is
for an advanced course)
Make sure they understand the way the shell reads the command. If they have
only experienced DOS before, then they will automatically presume that each
application has its own options and the shell processes will go over their
You will need the guts of a week for this.
2. 3 days to cover the GUI stuff
Shell scripting and more advanced sysadmin things.
A little note, do the course for your partner or anyone really, ideally a
newbie and time everthing. Else you will not possibly be able to cover
everything on your list, also you will find yourself jumping around the
Tell them there is an exam at the end and its closed book, they will pay
Hope this is of some meager help.
I was asked about this once and I ran screaming from it. There's NO way you
can present this material in 3 days - you'd be hard pressed even to skim
over it in an introductory way. It simply takes much more than 3 days to
make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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