"It's over now. The first adult continuing education course in
Linux, part of a series of courses offered by a partnership between
the CTTC (Community Technology & Training Center) and CATF (the
Capital Area Training Foundation) in Austin, Texas, has been
"The class met twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:30
to 9:30 p.m. at Travis High School. It was taught by a group of
volunteers recruited from the Austin LUG and, by all accounts, it
was a huge success. But the road to the finish wasn't all that
smooth. There were a few bumps along the way and lessons for
"The curriculum was ambitious. It also provided the major bone
of contention that arose among the LUG volunteers during the class.
Should a CLI environment, including some shell programming, be
included, or should the whole class be taught from within the
training-wheel-like security of a (almost) familiar GUI? There was
no bloodshed, but there was considerable heat in the debates over
that issue. Some felt it would be too difficult and drive the
students away. Others felt that teaching Linux without an
introduction to its CLI would be like teaching history without
covering anything prior to 1999."
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