Linux courses
Presentation | Workshop
2007/04/23 - 2007/11/30 | Arteleku

Linux courses


Coordinated by: Gipuzkoa Free Software Association

The spirit of free software is that everyone can access the source code of the application and contribute to improving it without having to pay or ask anyone for permission, and the improvements are made available to everyone. In this context, GNU/Linux appears to be the leading exponent –if not the only one- of free software, as a complete operating system that essentially uses a free philosophy and methodologies.
However, the lack of sufficiently standardised graphic environments for GNU/Linux and the need to buy new computers with the pre-installed operating system mean that, as far as users are concerned, the GNU/Linux system is completely unknown. In order to make it easier to access and adapt to this system, throughout the year several courses will be offered that will enable people to make the most of these programming environments and to obtain documentation on this operating system and its applications.


Migration to GNU/Linux
23-27 of April and 24-28 of September
Taught by: Maider Likona

Aim: explaining the main differences between Windows and GNU/Linux.
Aimed at: people with computing knowledge as Windows users.
List of topics:
•What is GNU/Linux?
•The Desktop environment: GNOME/ KDE
•The file system
•The file browser: Nautilus
•How can you look for a file?
•Installing and de-installing programs: Synaptic
•Office computer system: Open Office
- Formats
- Preliminary view
- Conversion to PDF
- Styles
•E-mail: Evolution/ Thunderbird
•Internet browser: Firefox
•Recording DVDs: K3b, GnomeBaker
•Listening to music: xmms, amarok
•Watching films: Ogle, vlc
•Compressing CDs onto mp3/ogg: grip
•Looking at photographs: gqview, gthumb
•IM: gaim
•MSN: amsn
•Useful web pages

Recording and editing digital audio: Ardour and JAMin
14-18 of May
Taught by: Román Muñoz

Aim: showing how to use GNU/Linux to record and master audio/MIDI.
Aimed at: people with knowledge of how to use a computer and knowledge of sound.
List of topics:
- Digital audio
- Supported hardware
•Technical concepts
- Frequency
- Latency
- Connections
•Ardour: Recording/editing audio
- Sessions
Creating, opening and saving sessions
Adding tracks
Adjusting audio inputs and outputs
- Working with existing audio
Importing audio files
Basic editing
Advanced editing
- Mixing
- Recording
Basic recording
Recording adjustments
- Synchronisation
Synchronisation methods
Synchronising video
- Use of desks and external controllers
•JAMin: Mastering

Editing digital images: GIMP
4-8 of June
Taught by: Román Muñoz

Aim: showing how to use GNU/Linux to edit digital images. Exporting the result so that it can be properly screened and printed.
Aimed at: people with knowledge of how to use a computer and knowledge of images.
List of topics:
•Technical concepts
-What is resolution?
-Camera resolution
-Monitor resolution
-Print resolution
•Colour depth
•Colour mode
-Scale of greys
•Image formats
•Obtaining images
•Downloading from a camera
-Standard USB cameras
-Cameras with their own driver
-Scanning continuous tone originals
-Scanning line-screened images
•GIMP: digital image editor
•User interface
•Basic tools
•Practical photograph retouching
-Use of levels to correct contrast
-Use of curves to correct colour
-Correcting colour saturation
-Using selections to correct specific parts of the image
-Removing faults by using the cloning pad
-Using sharpening to improve the focus
•Manipulating images
•Manipulating text
•Patterns and textures
•Conversions to CMYK

Editing digital video: Kino
22-26 October
Taught by: Román Muñoz

Aim: showing how to use GNU/Linux to capture and edit digital video. Exporting the result to DVD.
Aimed at: people with knowledge of how to use a computer and knowledge of video.
List of topics:
- Analogue video
- Digital video
- Vídeo4Linux
- DV camcorders
- Digital cameras
•Kino: Digital video editor
- Capacities
- User interface
- Preferences
- Time line
- Capturing digital video
- Basic editing
- Advanced editing
- Special effects
- Exporting

How to set up a server in your own home
26-30 of November
Taught by: Maider Likona

Aim: recycling an old machine that we don’t use anymore in order to share and optimise the Internet connection between all the computers in your home, and to be able to centralise music so we can listen to it from wherever we want and keep on downloading it from p2p networks.
Aimed at: people who can get by on a computer and who want to discover the possibilities of an Internet server with Linux and get the most out of it.
List of topics:
•Installing the server
- Initial configuration
- Package management: aptitude
- Network interfaces: /etc/network/interfaces
•Sharing connection and firewall: ipmasq
•Net configuration: dnsmasq
•Remote access: SSH
•DNS dynamics: dyndns
•Diagnosis: iptraf
•Music central server: Gnump3d
•P2P central server: Mldonkey
•Saving bandwidth: Squid proxy
Arteleku has a Linux space in the multimedia room fitted out with 8 computers with a Linux operating system and applications on which you can practise the knowledge acquired during the courses.

From the 4th of April to the 21st of November (except in July and August), every first and third Wednesday each month from 18:00 to 20:00 there will be an expert in the room who will resolve any doubts that might crop up.
Teaching hours: from Mondays to Fridays from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
Duration: 20 hours.
Places: 10
Price: 30€
Enrolment deadline: You can apply for a place a fortnight before each course starts by sending the attached registration form, a curriculum and a letter explaining why you want to take part to Arteleku. Those interested will be personally informed that they have been accepted a week before the course starts. Once accepted, you must send the deposit slip for your bank payment into the account number: Kutxa 2101 0381 07 0001329473 by fax (+34 943 462256).

Gipuzkoa Free Software Association. This is a non-profit making association that aims to promote free software and contents based on open licences. It hopes to encourage and make known the philosophy surrounding free software by giving courses on the GNU/Linux operating system, and providing technical assistance to help install this system and organising workshops, among other activities.

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