These three courses are intended to provide someone with little or no UNIX/Linux experience
an in-depth introduction and overview of UNIX-like operating systems. It is assumed that the student
has had some experience with computer operating systems and possibly with computer administration
(although, such experience is not required). For more information on a particular course, please check
the class note links above.
My name is Sam Hart. I have been working with UNIX-like systems since 1995 and have
run Linux on my personal computers since 1996. My current Linux distributions of choice are Debian GNU/Linux and Gentoo (for
my laptop), but I have worked with many others including Red Hat Linux,
Peanut Linux, Mandrake Linux,
and Slackware. I have also worked with many other UNIX-like systems
such as FreeBSD, Sun Solaris,
Currently, my day job is in system administration at the U of A
Physics Department but I also run a web design and web hosting business on the side. In the past I have worked as
a Linux Software consultant for clients such as Intel.
Additionally, I am the project leader of Tux4Kids. Tux4Kids is
an Open-Source and Free-Software project dedicated to producing and promoting educational software on Free
UNIX-like systems (such as Linux or FreeBSD). It was started in 1998 with my Free-Software project, Tux Typing, but
has since grown to include several other educational applications. Unfortunately, I no longer have time to maintain
any sub-project of Tux4Kids as I am very busy with administrative tasks (including administrating our various web, mail
and development servers).
In my copious amounts of free-time, I am an avid video game collector. I have collected every major
home system since Atari's Pong and currently run an online gaming clan, "Clan
of the Angry Monkey", which is dedicated to gaming under Linux. Anyone from these classes is welcome to
join us, as we play Unreal Tournament every Sunday at 6pm (MST).