[Ubuntu PA] Looking for training resources & suggestions

Jim Fisher pechterbread at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 10 19:56:27 GMT 2007

--- Art Alexion <art.alexion at verizon.net> wrote:

> On Monday 10 December 2007 13:41:03 Alex Launi
> wrote:
> > Art, I'm still not sure what kinds of resources
> you're looking for. What
> > types of things are you going to be teaching in
> the class? Lots of shell
> > stuff? Linux desktop usage? Server administration?
> If you can give some
> > specifics I/we could help out a lot more in
> pointing you to resources.
> Desktop, not much shell.  The course is geared
> toward Windows desktop users 
> who are interested in exploring Linux, and program
> administrators looking to 
> save money on desktops.  These are small
> environments without a central 
> server.
> The rest are individuals who just want a home
> desktop.
> I don't want to scare anyone away with a terminal.
> >
> > --Alex
> >
> > On Dec 10, 2007 1:23 PM, Art Alexion
> <art.alexion at verizon.net> wrote:
> > > I am planning to teach a Linux for Beginners
> course sometime in the next
> > > couple of months through my non-profit employer.
>  My company is a large
> > > decentralized non-profit social services agency.
>  Some of our programs
> > > are cash strapped, and Linux could be a strategy
> for saving money, not
> > > just on software, but as a way to get more years
> out of hardware as well.
> > >  In addition, this may help individual
> employees.
> > >
> > > Anyway the course is geared toward people with a
> reasonable amount of
> > > user experience — not tech people but not
> new-to-computers.
> > >
> > > Do you know of any Ubuntu resources that I can
> draw on?  I am looking for
> > > suggestions from people who have done this
> before, lesson plans, as well
> > > stuff to distribute, like CDs, stickers and
> other trinkets, if available.


If you give us some numbers, like how many are
involved, and when you anticipate the 'classes' to
start we may be better able to assist.

Keep in mind, in April the next Long Term Support
version is released.  In the work environment, this
may be a more suitable version to utilize.  At that
time, you may want to also consider some ltsp via
edubuntu.  (Even though edubuntu is geared towards
children, the ltsp framework can be used in an adult

The gutsy live cd's are available, if you give us an
idea of how many, to start the process.  Some stickers
and case badges may be available also.

We generally show an install.  So they have the
opportunity to see it before they would attempt it
themselves.  Alternate install cd's work better for

After that, we usually let them explore the desktop
freely to get a feel for it.  It is very intuitive.
Show synaptic, and all the packages that are
Show them how to customize Login screen, themes, etc.
Allow them independently to pick a common task in
their other os and assist them, if necessary, in
performing the same task in Ubuntu.

Of course, on their home systems, they should boot
live to see how well the os natively reacts to their
particular situation.

For more info on our 'class' style situations see:



Have a blast.

jim fisher

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