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Important Dates for CST8207 Students

2016-01-11 – Week 1 – Monday January 11 09h00 to 12h00 – Level 1 Orientation in T117 (no Level 1 morning classes)
2016-01-11 – Week 1 – Monday January 11 – Level 1 classes start at noon
2016-02-12 – Week 5 – Friday February 12 Noon – in-class Midterm #1 of 2 (10%)
2016-02-15 – Week 5.5 – Monday February 15 – Family Day (College closed)
2016-02-15 – Week 5.5 – Monday February 15 – Study Break Week (no classes Monday-Friday)
2016-03-18 – Week 9 – Friday March 18 Noon – in-class Midterm #2 of 2 (15%)
2016-03-24 – Week 10 – Thursday March 24 – final withdrawal date
2016-03-25 – Week 10 – Friday March 25 – Good Friday (College closed)
2016-04-23 – Week 15 – Algonquin Final Assessment Week (Exams end after 2016-04-30)
2016-04-27 – Week 15 – Wednesday April 27 08h00 (8am to 11am) – C144 – Final exam (3 hours – 40%)

See also the "Academic Calendar" on the Algonquin Registrar Office Page.

Course Description

Consult the Course Outline (PDF) for the official description.

Students learn the basic concepts and features of the GNU/Linux operating system and utilities, the world's most well-known Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) project and the underlying technology supporting Google, Facebook and Android smart phones. Students examine the power of the GNU/Linux command line and the basics of shell scripting and task automation are studied. Students perform file system searches, full-text searches, and data-mine system log files to generate analyses of network attacks and intrusion attempts. Students also customize their shell programming environment to simplify repetitive tasks and support system administration functions.

Alternate Web Notes

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Web notes for this course are kept at multiple sites. I pay for the notes to be stored on commercial Linux-based web hosting services, with backup copies located in various locations.

Write down the locations of the web notes and their backup copies from the list below. (You won't be able to get to this page if the main web site is down!)

  1. http://teaching.idallen.com/cst8207/16w/    (main .com site)
    The main dot .com site is located in a large data centre in Troy, Michigan, USA.
  2. http://teaching.idallen.org/cst8207/16w/    (note the dot .org domain suffix!)
    The .org site is located in a large data centre in New York.
  3. http://cst8207.idallen.ca/~idallen/teaching/cst8207/16w/     (on campus)
    The CST8207 site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken.
  4. http://elearning.algonquincollege.com/coursemat/alleni/idallen/cst8207/16w/     (on campus)
    The ELEARNING site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken. Unfortunately, the web server on ELEARNING is not configured correctly to run CGI scripts and it will not serve up the directory index files correctly. (See this note.) You can read the Class Notes by appending /notes/ to the above URL.

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