Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification Chapter One Introduction to Linux.

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Slide 1 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification Chapter One Introduction to Linux Slide 2 Objectives Understand the purpose of an operating system Outline the key features of the Linux operating system Describe the origins of the Linux operating system Identify the characteristics of various Linux distributions and where to find them Explain the common uses of Linux in industry today Slide 3 Operating Systems Every computer has two fundamental types of components: Hardware Physical components inside a computer Software Set of instructions or programs that understand how to use the hardware of the computer in a meaningful way Once a program is executed on your computers hardware, that program is referred to as a process Slide 4 Operating Systems Hardware components include: Processor (CPU) Physical memory (RAM) Hard disk, floppy disk, and CD-ROM drives Sound and video cards Circuit boards Slide 5 Operating Systems There are two different types or programs executed on a computer: Applications Operating system (OS) software Figure 1-1: The role of operating system software Slide 6 Operating System Device driver Software containing instructions the kernel of the OS uses to control and interact with a specific type of computer hardware User interface What the user sees and uses to interact with OS and application programs Graphical user interface (GUI) Component of an operating system that provides a user-friendly interface comprising graphics or icons to represent desired tasks Slide 7 Operating System System services Applications that handle system- related tasks such as printing, scheduling programs, and network access Figure 1-2: A Linux graphical user interface Slide 8 The Linux Operating System Linux Operating system used today to run a variety of applications on a variety of different hardware Has the ability to manage thousands of tasks at the same time, including allowing multiple users to access the system simultaneously Hence we refer to Linux as a multiuser and multitasking OS Slide 9 Versions of the Linux Operating System The core component of the Linux OS is called the Linux kernel The Linux kernel and supporting function libraries are written almost entirely in the C programming language Though a variety of different software can be used to modify the appearance of Linux, the underlying kernel is common to all Linux Slide 10 Identifying Kernel Versions Linux kernel versions are comprised of: Major number Minor number If odd, referred to as a developmental kernel If even, referred to as a production kernel Revision number Slide 11 Identifying Kernel Versions Table 1-1: Latest revisions of common Linux kernels Slide 12 Licensing Linux Open Source Software (OSS) Programs distributed and licensed so that the source code making up the program is freely available to anyone who wants to examine, utilize or improve upon it The format and structure of source code follows certain rules defined by the programming language Slide 13 Licensing Linux Some implications of OSS are: Software is developed very rapidly through widespread collaboration Software bugs are promptly noted and fixed Software features evolve very quickly based on users needs The perceived value of the software increases, as it is based on usefulness and not price Slide 14 Licensing Linux Table 1-2: Software types Slide 15 Types of Open Source Licenses GNU Public License (GPL) Ensures that source code for any OSS will remain freely available to anyone Free Software Foundation (FSF) Promotes and encourages the collaboration of software developers worldwide Artistic license Open Source license that allows source code to be distributed freely, but changed only at discretion of original author Slide 16 Types of Closed Source Licenses Freeware Distributed free of charge Source code is not available Shareware Initially free but require payment after a period of time or usage Slide 17 Linux Advantages: Risk Reduction Companies invest in software to perform many mission-critical tasks Changes in the market and customer needs may cause companies to change software frequently This can be very costly and time consuming An OSS product offers a company the opportunity to maintain and change the source code Slide 18 Linux Advantages: Meeting Business Needs Common software available for Linux includes: Scientific and engineering software Software emulators Web servers, Web browsers, and e-commerce suites Desktop productivity software Graphics manipulation software Database software Security software Slide 19 Linux Advantages: Stability and Security Customers using closed source operating systems must rely on the operating system vendor to fix any bugs Waiting for a hot fix may take weeks or months Bugs in OSS programs can be identified and fixed very quickly As Linux source code is freely available and scrutinized, security loopholes are also quickly identified and fixed Slide 20 Linux Advantages: Flexibility for Different Hardware Platforms Partial list of hardware platforms on which Linux can run: Intel Itanium Mainframe (S/390) Cirrus Logic ARM DEC Alpha MIPS Slide 21 Linux Advantages: Flexibility for Different Hardware Platforms Partial list of hardware platforms on which Linux can run (cont.): M68K PA-RISC SPARC Ultra-SPARC PowerPC (Macintosh) Slide 22 Linux Advantages: Ease of Customization The ability to control the inner workings of an operating system is another attractive feature of Linux For example, if you desire to use Linux as an Internet Web server, simply compile the Linux kernel to include only the support needed to be an Internet Web server This will result in a much smaller and faster kernel Slide 23 Linux Advantages: Ease of Obtaining Support The Internet offers a world of Linux documentation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) HOWTO documents Linux User Group (LUG) Open forum of Linux users who discuss and assist each other in using and modifying the Linux OS Slide 24 Linux Advantages: Cost Reduction Table 1-3: Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Slide 25 The History of Linux Figure 1-4: Timeline of UNIX and Linux development Slide 26 UNIX Multiplexed Information and Computing Service (MULTICS) Prototype time-sharing OS developed in the late 1960s UNIX The first true multitasking, multiuser OS OS from which Linux originated Slide 27 UNIX BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) Version of the original UNIX source code Given away free by AT&T to the University of California at Berkeley Common flavors of UNIX today include: Sun Microsystemss Solaris Hewlett-Packards HP-UX IBMs AIX UNIX Slide 28 The Hacker Culture Hacker Refers to someone with the intent of expanding their knowledge of computing through experimentation Cracker Specifies someone who illegally uses computers for personal benefit or to cause damage GNU Project Free operating system project started by Richard Stallman Slide 29 Linux Finnish student Linus Torvalds first developed Linux in 1991 when he was experimenting with improving MINIX for the Intel x86 platform During the early and mid 1990s, Linux development was radical Also during this time, several distributions of Linux appeared, including: Red Hat Caldera SuSE Slide 30 Linux Distributions Linux distribution that ship with many specialized tools may not contain a GUI An example of this would be a Linux distribution that fits on a floppy and can be used as a router Most distribution do ship with a GUI that can be further customized to suit needs of the user The core component of the GUI in Linux is referred to as X Windows Slide 31 Linux Distributions X Windows in combination with a window manager and desktop environment is referred to as a GUI environment There are two competing GUI environments in Linux: GNU Object Model Environment (GNOME) Kommon Desktop Environment (KDE) Slide 32 Linux Distributions Figure 1-5: The GNOME Desktop Slide 33 Linux Distributions Figure 1-6: The KDE Desktop Slide 34 Linux Distributions Package manager Software used to install, maintain, and remove other software programs by storing all relevant information in a central software database on the computer Tarball Compressed archive of files that contain scripts that install Linux software to the correct locations on the computer system Slide 35 Linux Distributions Table 1-4: Common Linux distributions Slide 36 Linux Distributions Table 1-4 (continued): Common Linux distributions Slide 37 Linux Distributions Table 1-4 (continued): Common Linux distributions Slide 38 Common Uses of Linux Linux services may be used on the local computer workstation or they may be configured to allow other computers to connect to it across a network Services used on a local computer are referred to as workstation services Services made available for other computers across a network are known as server services Slide 39 Internet Servers: Mail Services Mail transfer agents (MTAs) An e-mail server Mail delivery agent (MDA) Service that downloads e-mail from an MTA Mail user agent (MUA) Program that allows e-mail to be read by a user Slide 40 Internet Servers: Routing and FTP Services Routing Core service that is necessary for Internet to function Linux provides support for routing and is easily customizable File Transfer Protocol (FTP) Services Most common and efficient method for transferring files over the Internet Slide 41 Internet Servers: Firewalls and Proxy Services Firewalls protect companies from outside intruders on the Internet Linux has firewall support directly built into the kernel A proxy service requests Internet resources such as Web sites and FTP sites on behalf of the computer inside the company Slide 42 Internet Servers: Web Services and New Services Web services Many Internet tools and services are available, the most popular is the Internet browser New services Web servers host valuable information but most do not provide any means for users to communicate with each other This functionality is provided by a news server, which allows users to post messages in forums called newsgroups Slide 43 Internet Servers: DNS Services Computers communicating on a network need to be uniquely identified This is accomplished by assigning each computer a number called an Internet Protocol (IP) address An IP addresses is a long string of numbers IP addresses are masked by strings of user- friendly names, referred to as a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Slide 44 File and Print Servers Networks were created to share resources, primarily printers and information Linux is well-suited to the task of centrally sharing resources It is inherently a fast, light operating system, and a distribution specific to a certain task can be installed on the central server Slide 45 Application Servers Application server Server running a program that acts as an intermediary between a client computer and information, normally stored in a database Database Management Systems (DBMS) Collection of programs and tools designed to allow for the creation, modification, manipulation, maintenance, and access of information from databases Slide 46 Supercomputers Cluster Several smaller computers acting as one large supercomputer Clustering Act of making a cluster Most common Linux method of clustering is known as Beowulf clustering Scalability Ability of computers to increase workload as the number of processors increases Slide 47 Scientific/Engineering Workstations There are many OSS programs available in many different scientific and engineering fields, including: Physics, astrophysics, and biophysics Fluid dynamics and geophysics Biocomputation Materials and polymer chemistry General mathematics and optimization Data mining Number theory Slide 48 Scientific/Engineering Workstations There are many OSS programs available in many different scientific and engineering fields, including (cont.): Computer/linear/array algebra Mathematical visualization and modeling Statistics and regression analysis Data plotting and processing Computer graphics generation Computer modeling Slide 49 Scientific/Engineering Workstations There are many OSS programs available in many different scientific and engineering fields, including (cont.): Paleontology Molecular modeling Electrical engineering Artificial intelligence Geographic modeling and earth sciences Oceanography Slide 50 Office Workstations: Text Editors and Word Processors Text editor Program that can create and edit text files Word processors Allow the creation and manipulation of text files Typically GUI-based Slide 51 Office Workstations: Graphics Editing and Desktop Publishing Software Graphics editing software Includes applications designed to create and manipulate graphical images Desktop publishing software Combines text and graphics editing software together and adds features that allow one to control format and layout Slide 52 Office Workstations: Financial Software and Office Productivity Suites Financial software Describes a family of applications designed to: Track financial transactions Perform bookkeeping and accounting procedures Office productivity suites Collection of applications offered in combination to meet a variety of needs seen in business or the home Slide 53 Chapter Summary Linux is an operating system (OS) whose kernel and many additional software packages are freely developed and improved upon by a large community of software developers in collaboration Since Linux is published under GNU Public License, it is referred to as Open source Software Companies find Linux a stable, low-risk, and flexible alternative to other operating systems Slide 54 Chapter Summary Linux is available in different distributions There exists a wide variety of documentations and resources for Linux in the form of Internet Web sites, HOWTOs, FAQs, newsgroups, and LUGs Linux is an extremely versatile OS that can provide a wide range of workstations and server services to meet computing needs of companies and individuals


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