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Re: [vox] a worthy project

Here is a link to a into to terminals.


It is nicely formatted and easy to read.

-- Andy

--- Michael Wenk <mikewenk@attbi.com> wrote:
> When I was working at a university, our department(comp
> sci) we had an
> influx of anywhere from 500-2000 new students per
> quarter.  Of that new
> influx, we had about a third of them were coming online
> to Unix systems, and
> the rest were using a homegrown environment.  We had
> tutorials at the start
> of the quarter for the people coming on the unix
> environment, as the
> majority of the students had never seen or used a unix
> system, and it was
> much different than windows or dos.  They taught em how
> to use basic tools,
> and function in X windows(our basic environment was tvtwm
> at the time, which
> seems... quaint now.)  I guess what I am saying is it
> wouldn't be very hard
> to come up with a tutorial that a person could use to get
> used to X
> windows(which is really what you're trying to do.) and
> productive within it.
> Mike
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Jay Salzman" <p@dirac.org>
> To: "Linux User Group of Davis" <vox@lists.lugod.org>
> Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 10:41 AM
> Subject: [vox] a worthy project
> > 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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> > vox@lists.lugod.org
> > http://lists.lugod.org/mailman/listinfo/vox
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