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Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course Call For Feedback

With the explosive growth of Ubuntu, one of the services and products we are working towards is the production of a range of high quality training courses. These courses are designed to help get Ubuntu users trained and certified with respected, notable, high quality training courses.

As we all know, Ubuntu is deeply rooted in community, and we are very keen to gather feedback from the community about the content, structure and organisation of the training courses. With this in mind, we are presenting the proposed Table Of Contents (TOC) for the new Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course so the community can provide its opinion, insight and experience to help us craft the best possible course. This wiki page outlines the TOC and how you can submit your feedback.

This call for feedback will close on Friday 3rd August 2007, so get your comments and thoughts in!

Contributing Your Feedback

Contributing your feedback is easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Look at the proposed Table Of Contents below and write down your comments into a text editor. We are specifically looking for opinions and experience about:
    • Is the content we are covering expansive enough? Should any additional topics be added, or should any topics be removed?
    • Is the structure and chronological order of the content sensible? Should it be changed or re-ordered in any way?
    • Is the course advanced enough, or is it too simple?
  • Copy the feedback you have just lovingly written down into an email and send it to training AT ubuntu DOT com.

Finally, sit back and revel in the fact that you have just contributed to future of Ubuntu training. Good work. Smile :)

Proposed Table Of Contents

Below is the proposed Table Of Contents for the Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course. Follow the above steps to contribute your feedback.

Day 1: Morning

1. Getting Started - 5%

  • About Ubuntu
  • Choosing a language

2. Key differences between using Ubuntu and Windows (incl. brief intro to FOSS) - 10%

3. Adding, Removing and Updating Applications - 15%

  • Desktop, preferences and navigating the Filesystem – incl. nautilus / konqueror & where to find what and how to install diff desktop themes

  • What is a package manager
  • Add/Remove Applications
  • Synaptic Package Manager
  • Installing a Single Package File
  • Software Repositories
  • Updates

Day 1: Afternoon

4. Internet - 15%

  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Web browsing
  • Email
  • Instant Messaging
  • Peer To Peer
  • Softphones – ekiga, wengophone, skype
  • News Readers
  • Networking

5. Graphics & Photos - 10%

  • Digital Cameras
  • 3D Graphic Cards
  • gThumb Image Viewer
  • The GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program)
  • Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor
  • f-spot

Day 2: Morning

Recap on day 1

6. Office - 25%


  • GNOME Office
  • GnuCash Accounting Application

  • Scribus Desktop Publishing Application
  • xpdf/evince
  • Printing

Day 2: Afternoon

7. Music and Video - 15%

  • Playing and Organising Music Files
  • Playing and Extracting Audio CDs
  • Burning CDs
  • Video Playback
  • Multimedia Codecs
  • Using a digital audio player (e.g. iPod)
  • Editing Audio Files
  • DVD Playback
  • Backing Up DVDs
  • RealPlayer

  • Video Editing

8. Games - 5%

  • Frozen-Bubble
  • PlanetPenguin Racer

  • Scorched3D
  • Windows Games
  • freeciv

9. Partitions and Booting (optional – should be written but not compulsory part of course)

  • Graphical Partition Editor
  • Make Windows partitions available from Ubuntu
  • Make Windows partitions automatically available
  • Run a system command automatically at startup
  • Change default operating system at boot
  • Configure start-up services
  • Other Tips

Getting In Touch

If you have any further comments or opinions, feel free to contact us at training AT ubuntu DOT com.

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