Computer Science Linux Lab
Linux is a complete open source operating system that runs on a wide variety of hardware such as PCs, Digital Alpha computers, PowerPCs, and Silicon Graphics workstations. Linux is stable, reliable, and extremely powerful. Linux has excellent networking facilities and is the ideal environment to run servers such as a web server (e.g. Apache), or an FTP server. A Linux Distribution has thousands of dollars worth of software for no cost (or a couple of dollars if purchased on CD). It comes with a complete development environment, including C, C++, Java, and Fortran compilers, toolkits such as Qt and scripting languages such as Perl, Awk and sed. It also comes with an excellent user graphical interface and complete office software. Linux is easily upgradeable. It supports multiple processors and true multi-tasking. Experts expect Linux to move from a niche player to a mainstream operating system worldwide in the near future.
Linux History at UCM
The computer science faculty at UCM established a Linux Lab in 1993, located in Morris Science Building 220A, to support their teaching and research needs. They have witnessed and contributed to the growth of Linux. Today, the lab has grown to accomodate more than sixty Linux workstations and a powerful Linux server. It provides an ideal environment for students in the computer science major and computer science minor to study all aspects of Linux.
The Linux Lab is located in Morris Science Building 220A. The lab is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. There are also a group of departmentally-networked Linux computers in the Computer Commons of the Kirkpatrick Library. These computers are available during regular library hours.
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