Jun 08, 2004 by
Information Technology Editorial Board
This is an interactive tutorial to learn the basics of Linux operating system. The tutorial is composed of four modules, which need to be downloaded separately. These modules are intended as a quick way to get started using Linux in a simulated environment where the learner has particular goals to meet. The site also contains a list of other useful Linux sites.
Type of Material:
Web browser that supports Java 1.1.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
On completion, students will be able to 1. Manipulate files and file permissions in Linux, 2. Create, move through and remove directories in Linux, 3. Use the finger command to find information on other users of the Linux system, 4. Use the man command to inspect the on-line Linux manual, 5. Redirect output, 6. Print files, inspect the printer queue and remove files from a printer queue.
Target Student Population:
Any learner or user who wants to learn the basics of Linux operating system
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None, although a basic familiary with Windows would be useful.
Evaluation and Observation
Good coverage of basic Linux commands.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The simulated Linux command interpreter allows the learner to enter Linux commands and get feedback and get a feel for what it would be like to work in a Linux environment.
The feedback the learner gets for an incorrect input is limited. The material simply provides the correct answer and demonstrates the effect of the correct command.
First, in a number of cases in module 1, the effects of certain commands on the directory structure are either not displayed at all or too late.
Second, the feedback given to the student who makes a mistake is minimal. The site merely gives the correct answer and does not attempt to show the student what mistake they made or where in the command that was typed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Each module is easy to use.
Navigation between modules is cumbersome/complicated.