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Optional *nix OS Extra Credit Project

Introduction You can earn up to 10 optional extra credit points each Part that you submit in this project, but you have to begin the first week. You can always drop out later if you don’t have time…it’s optional! The project will help you select and install a Linux OS on an old computer. It will be easy XC points for those who have already done so, and a great learning experience for everyone.

Part 1—Find an old computer you can install Linux on, and determine its hardware Note: If you do not do Part 1, you are not eligible to do any of the following parts! A. Old computers which are too slow for Windows often make great *nix boxes. B. Find one in your garage, from a neighbor or family member, or at a garage sale. C. You will need system unit, keyboard, mouse, monitor & [optional—network card] D. If it used to run Windows, it should be fine E. Determine what hardware it has, including a. CPU speed, # of cores, etc. b. Memory c. Hard drive space and interface (SATA, PATA, SCSI) d. Network card—ethernet? 100Mbps? Gbps? F. If you have trouble determining what hardware you have, hit the discussion board. G. Submit brand & specs in the link under the weekly Content folder for credit

Part 2—Select a Linux, UNIX, or BSD OS and verify that your hardware will support it A. This is strictly research. Find a *nix flavor with which you are unfamiliar! B. Look up the hardware compatibility specs to verify that your system will support the OS you have selected. Again, visit the discussion board as needed. C. Submit your selected flavor, and state that your hardware will support it

Part 3—Download and prepare the OS software A. Download the .iso file to the computer you will used to burn a disc on. B. Make sure you have image…...

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