Distribution Used

The distribution used is Debian (as much as possible the latest stable version), or a Debian based distribution like LinuxMint.

The name Debian is a combo of Debora (girlfriend and ex wife of...) and Ian Murdock, Debian's founder. Thus Deb+Ian = Debian.

We will use several approaches to quickly get up and running in the classroom and getting used to Linux and its commands to demonstrate to the novice how powerful Linux is:
1- Flash USB memory as our installation of Linux. You should bring your own Flash USB (miminum 4GB, more is better) to the first session of class.
2- Knoppix or PCLinuxOS Live CDs
3- Virtual Linux - either VirtualBox or VMWare Player or both.

Students should have access to some sort of hardware to install Linux on and experiment with different installations, multi booting, etc.

We will also learn how to create a Linux on USB Flash and use it.

Reference websites:

If time permits, we will install other distributions as well so that the student will learn how to create and manage a multi-boot system, otherwise the student will have learned enough in this course to be able to do that on their own.

Make sure you read these to find out why use Debian:

Why Debian?
The following is quoted from:
Debian is one of the earliest Linux distribution around. It caught the public's fancy because of the ease of installing and uninstalling applications on it. When many other linux distributions were bogged down in dependency hell, Debian users were shielded from these problems owing to Debian's superior package handling capabilities using apt-get (now aptitude).