Intro to Linux (for ham radio operators) (for ham radio operators) <ul><li>Tanner Lovelace </li></ul><ul><li>26/August/200...
Outline <ul><li>What is Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do with Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>What can’t you do with Linu...
What is Linux? <ul><li>An alternative computer operating system </li></ul><ul><li>Started by Linus (pronouced Lee-noos) To...
Linux and GNU <ul><li>Linux is only a “kernel” </li></ul><ul><li>Sort of like the engine in a car (you need it, but by its...
The GNU Project <ul><li>Started by Richard Stallman in 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: to develop a completely free soft...
GNU and Freedom <ul><li>General Public License </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the software at no charge, without any limitation...
More GPL <ul><li>Use the software with proprietary (i.e. your own) modifications free of charge, as long as you don’t dist...
Linux distributions <ul><li>A “distribution” is a collection of linux and its related software </li></ul><ul><li>Most end-...
What can you do with Linux? <ul><li>Web browsing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mozilla, Firefox, Konqueror </li></ul></ul><ul><li>...
Default NCSU Desktop
Linux advantages <ul><li>Modern, stable, multi-tasking, multi-user on PC hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom from viruses <...
More Linux Advantages <ul><li>Excellent network connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Connects to Windows, Novell, Apple </li></u...
What can’t you do with Linux? <ul><li>Almost nothing ... </li></ul><ul><li>There are a few proprietary programs that do no...
Why you should use Linux <ul><li>Control -- Linux let’s you control your PC, not the other way around. </li></ul><ul><li>F...
How? <ul><li>Triangle Linux Users Group </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trilug.org/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mailing list for qu...
Linux and Ham Radio <ul><li>Many ham radio programs are available for linux. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rig control programs, l...
Software Defined Radio <ul><li>Normal radio -- mostly or completely analog </li></ul><ul><li>SDR - convert to digital as s...
References <ul><li>Triangle Linux Users Group </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trilug.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Linux Newbie Admi...
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  1. 1. Intro to Linux (for ham radio operators) (for ham radio operators) <ul><li>Tanner Lovelace </li></ul><ul><li>26/August/2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Cary Amateur Radio Club </li></ul>
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>What is Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do with Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>What can’t you do with Linux? </li></ul><ul><li>Why you should use Linux. </li></ul><ul><li>Linux and Ham Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and answers </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Linux? <ul><li>An alternative computer operating system </li></ul><ul><li>Started by Linus (pronouced Lee-noos) Torvalds in October 1991. </li></ul><ul><li>Contains contributions by hundreds of people </li></ul><ul><li>Mature, powerful, secure UNIX-like operating system </li></ul><ul><li>Free software </li></ul>
  4. 4. Linux and GNU <ul><li>Linux is only a “kernel” </li></ul><ul><li>Sort of like the engine in a car (you need it, but by itself it’s not very useful) </li></ul><ul><li>The GNU system fills out a complete system (like the rest of the automobile) </li></ul>
  5. 5. The GNU Project <ul><li>Started by Richard Stallman in 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Objective: to develop a completely free software system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free == freedom, not price </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mostly done in 1991, last major piece missing was ... the kernel! </li></ul>
  6. 6. GNU and Freedom <ul><li>General Public License </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the software at no charge, without any limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy, distribute, or sell unmodified copies of the software in source or binary form </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. More GPL <ul><li>Use the software with proprietary (i.e. your own) modifications free of charge, as long as you don’t distribute it </li></ul><ul><li>Modify, distribute or sell modified versions of the software as long as the license terms stay the same </li></ul><ul><li>Sell support for the software (no limitations) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Linux distributions <ul><li>A “distribution” is a collection of linux and its related software </li></ul><ul><li>Most end-users will use a Linux distribution </li></ul><ul><li>Popular distributions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Red Hat, Fedora </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mandrake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SuSE (Novell) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knoppix </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What can you do with Linux? <ul><li>Web browsing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mozilla, Firefox, Konqueror </li></ul></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mozilla, Thunderbird, Evolution, KMail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Word processing, office software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OpenOffice.org, KOffice, MS-Office (using Crossover Office) </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Default NCSU Desktop
  11. 11. Linux advantages <ul><li>Modern, stable, multi-tasking, multi-user on PC hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom from viruses </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced Graphical User Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Tons of free software </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent learning platform </li></ul>
  12. 12. More Linux Advantages <ul><li>Excellent network connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Connects to Windows, Novell, Apple </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid development of new features </li></ul><ul><li>Not owned by anyone, so no worries about it going away </li></ul>
  13. 13. What can’t you do with Linux? <ul><li>Almost nothing ... </li></ul><ul><li>There are a few proprietary programs that do not run under linux (but often free alternatives are available) </li></ul><ul><li>ActiveX web controls </li></ul><ul><li>Hardcore gaming </li></ul>
  14. 14. Why you should use Linux <ul><li>Control -- Linux let’s you control your PC, not the other way around. </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Upgrade when you want to, not when a big corporation needs upgrade profits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be free of viruses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  15. 15. How? <ul><li>Triangle Linux Users Group </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trilug.org/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mailing list for questions/answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monthly meetings to learn more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(2nd Thu @ RTI) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Local “Installfests” (help you install linux) </li></ul><ul><li>Saturday, Sept 18 @ Wake Tech </li></ul><ul><li>(Please register at TriLUG website) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Linux and Ham Radio <ul><li>Many ham radio programs are available for linux. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rig control programs, logging programs, packet/TNC, APRS, SSTV, RTTY, PSK & more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>AFU Knoppix is a no install, ham radio focused, linux distribution. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Software Defined Radio <ul><li>Normal radio -- mostly or completely analog </li></ul><ul><li>SDR - convert to digital as soon as possible, do everything else in software </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to revitalize experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>GNU Radio -- software radio building blocks </li></ul>
  18. 18. References <ul><li>Triangle Linux Users Group </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.trilug.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Linux Newbie Administrator Guide </li></ul><ul><li>http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/html/lnag.html </li></ul><ul><li>AFU Knoppix </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.afu-knoppix.de/ </li></ul><ul><li>Mandrake Linux for Hams </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.n9nu.net/linux/linux.php </li></ul><ul><li>Linux for Hams </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2003/12/12/1/ </li></ul><ul><li>GNU Project </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gnu.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>GNU Radio </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.gnu.org/software/gnuradio/gnuradio.html </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions and Answers
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