Updated: 2013-12-08 17:27 EST
Watch How Linux is Built
Check the due date for each assignment and put a reminder in your agenda, calendar, and digital assistant.
Your course work for the first half of the term will be done by Remote Login to a Course Linux Server machine using your Algonquin userid (the same userid you use for Blackboard) and a special server password (not your Blackboard password) that you must get from your instructor. See the connection information in Course Linux Server and work with your instructor during lab time if you have problems connecting to the server.
You can try some fun and odd commands on the course linux server.
Never use the userids
abcd1234 to log in. These are example userids used in the notes that are usually meant to be replaced with your own userid. If you try repeatedly to log in to the Course Linux Server from home using these non-existent userids, your home IP address will be locked out for a day or two; see your instructor for help.
Know how to choose a good password.
Your in-class notes go here.
Second Midterm test date: XXX To Be Announced (likely in Week 10)
Check your email later this week for your MSDNAA and VMWare account access information. Check your spam/junk folder also, in case the email is there. If you have no email by the end of this week, contact the coordinator Shawn McBride (
Keep a notebook with a List of Commands in it.
The backups were bad! Luck: An employee happened to have taken a copy home.
DSL Reports pays $28,000 in data recovery fees after the technician unplugs the disks while they are still running: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kll86bDn_MgWoo6Ja7oHo_yvI0SCqggEvNWwPWIcrHY/edit?pli=1
Most International Space Station [ISS] computers already run GNU/Linux:
GNU/Linux chosen as operating system of the International Space Station: Gnus now join astronauts of many countries in humanity’s biggest space station. This is a wise choice for the space station, and a high-profile victory for software freedom. It brings good publicity for free software, demonstrating its respected position in the world of science and technology.
They finally had to fix the laptops on the ISS:
Although Windows 8 offers built-in anti-virus software called Windows Defender, the ISS really needs an operating system that is less targeted for cyber-attacks than Windows, according to ExtremeTech. The ISS has already experienced the headache of having infected computers onboard after a Russian cosmonaut accidentally brought a laptop infected with the W32.Gammima.AG worm to the station, which ended up contaminating all the other laptops on the station.
The solution was to dump Windows in favour of Linux:
The United Space Alliance, which manages all of the space station’s computers in association with NASA, made the decision to migrate key functions from Windows to Linux, “because we needed an operating system that [is] stable and reliable,” Keith Chuvala of United Space Alliance said in a Linux Foundation press release.
See Also: ISS Robonaut 2 runs Linux
Most systems on the space station already use some form of Linux, including the Robonaut 2, which is expected to take over some of the “tasks too dangerous or mundane for astronauts in microgravity.” The R2 is already a Linux-bot, so both the on-board astronauts and the ground crew are trying to learn to use the platform to better communicate with the first humanoid robot in space.
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