Douglas T. Young
Department of Physics
Mercer University

Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Willet Science Center 101

"A Tour of Redhat Linux"

Abstract:  An often-mentioned alternative to the Windows operating system is the Linux operating system. Unlike Windows, Linux comes in many different distributions maintained by different groups/companies (i.e. Mandrake, SuSE, Redhat, etc.). The key component, or kernel of Linux, however, was developed (and is being maintained) by a community of programmers. This community requires that the source code behind the operating system be available to the general public. In the case of Redhat Linux, the operating system can be downloaded free of charge from the Redhat website. What Redhat sells is not the operating system so much as the services to easily maintain it. In this talk, a brief history of the development of Linux will be presented followed by a tour of the operating system. The primary purpose of this tour is to demonstrate to those who have not seen Linux what it looks like and its capabilities. Helpful “factoids” and impressions of the operating system gained by the speaker will also be presented.

Please join us for light refreshments outside WSC 109 at 4:15.

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