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Class Proposals

Intro to Open Publishing and Preparing Web Images

  • when: Dec 18th 6:30 - 8 pm
  • where: Seattle IMC
  • instructors: lance and brandon
  • to sign up for this class, contact brandon@faloona.net
  • pre-requisites: basic familiarity with computers
  • description: basic instruction on how to publish stories to open publishing newswires, and how to prepare digital images for publishing on the web.

PC Basics

  • Instructor: Anthony (proposal in progress) [ BrandF 04 Dec 2002 ]

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide the participants with some of the basic skills that are necessary to operate a computer in the home, office, or the classroom. We will cover everything from the basic components of a computer to using productivity software applications and doing your own system maintenance and system upgrades where practical.

SeaCtcPcBasicsClassDescription -- AnthonyDixon - 07 Jan 2003

Introduction to the GNU/Linux OS (How to use a Free computer)

Linux and GNU/Linux

The GNU Hurd is not ready for production use. Fortunately, another kernel is available. In 1991, Linus Torvalds developed a Unix-compatible kernel and called it Linux. Around 1992, combining Linux with the not-quite-complete GNU system resulted in a complete free operating system. (Combining them was a substantial job in itself, of course.) It is due to Linux that we can actually run a version of the GNU system today.

We call this system version GNU/Linux, to express its composition as a combination of the GNU system with Linux as the kernel.

The name GNU was chosen following a hacker tradition, as a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not Unix."

Free as in freedom

The term "free software" is sometimes misunderstood--it has nothing to do with price. It is about freedom. Here, therefore, is the definition of free software: a program is free software, for you, a particular user, if:

* You have the freedom to run the program, for any purpose. * You have the freedom to modify the program to suit your needs. (To make this freedom effective in practice, you must have access to the source code, since making changes in a program without having the source code is exceedingly difficult.) * You have the freedom to redistribute copies, either gratis or for a fee. * You have the freedom to distribute modified versions of the program, so that the community can benefit from your improvements.

Since "free" refers to freedom, not to price, there is no contradiction between selling copies and free software.

--Richard Stallman http://www.gnu.org/gnu/thegnuproject.html

-- RichardKowalski - 18 Nov 2002
Topic revision: r5 - 17 Sep 2003, BrandF
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