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Open Source As Alternative: http://www.osalt.com<br />
Open Source As Alternative: http://www.osalt.com<br />
CNN on Software Patents: [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/05/28/100033867/index.htm http://cnn.com]
CNN on Software Patents: [http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/05/28/100033867/index.htm http://cnn.com]
[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_patent Wikipedia article on Software Patents]
= Session 02 (Sept 11 - Sept 17) - Electronic Communication =
= Session 02 (Sept 11 - Sept 17) - Electronic Communication =

Revision as of 16:30, 9 September 2008

Weekly schedule remarks

  • This schedule is tentative and is subject to change
  • The instructional portion of the course will consist of 11 weekly sessions
  • A "Session" for this course starts on Thursday starting with a lecture followed by a lab on Tuesday

General rules about LPT730 labs

  • All labs are due on Wednesdays 11:59 p.m. at the end of their respective sessions
  • Labs are subject to a penalty of 20% of their mark for each 24 hours if completed late
  • Make sure to reference your work - anything that you did not know and had to find out, even if not quoted directly must be referenced
  • An article without references will not be accepted
  • A single source will not be accepted
  • Each research article/topic entry must be at least 350 words in length
  • Email your professor with the blog URL (if applicable) so your work can be aggregated for others to see
  • These rules apply to all labs unless noted otherwise

Meet and Greet (Sept 2)

  • If possible, come and introduce yourself in person

Lab #0

  • Open a blog account if you do not have one
  • Create a blog section devoted to the LPT730 course
  • In the first blog entry tell about yourself
    • Education and/or professional background
    • Your interests in computers (other than playing games)
    • Hobbies away from computers
    • Anything else you wish to share with the world
  • In another entry write an article about two desktop software applications that you use often.
    • Your choices do not have to be Linux-based or open source, but please make an effort to show us something unusual - MS Office, Firefox etc. are not the best choices
    • What do you use it for and why
    • Highlight strengths and weaknesses of the software
    • For each of your choices provide at least one screenshot

Note: this lab is not graded, however mandatory. This lab is exempted from the length and referencing requirements unless something is copied or quoted directly.

Session 01 (Sept 4 - Sept 10) - Course Introduction, Software Licensing


  • Course Introduction
  • Software Licensing Modes
  • Open Source Licensing
  • Fedora Linux
    • General Overview
    • GNOME Desktop

Class slides: http://cs.senecac.on.ca/~mheidenr/lpt730/notes/LPT730_Session_01.odp

Lab #1

  • Research and blog about the following topics:
    • Topic 1: Software Patents - good or bad?
    • Topic 2: Proposed Federal Bill C-61 and its potential impact on open source software


Open Source%40Seneca Planet List
Fedora Project: http://fedoraproject.org/
Open Source Initiative: http://opensource.org/
GNU OS: http://www.gnu.org/
Happy Birthday GNU by Stephen Fry: http://www.gnu.org/fry/happy-birthday-to-gnu.html
Open Source As Alternative: http://www.osalt.com
CNN on Software Patents: http://cnn.com

Wikipedia article on Software Patents

Session 02 (Sept 11 - Sept 17) - Electronic Communication


  • Package Management
  • Software Integrity
  • Electronic Communication
  • Electronic Communication Security
  • Public Key Encryption
  • Communication Protocols
  • Electronic Mail
  • Secure E-Mail
  • IRC
  • Instant Messaging
  • VOIP
  • Software Covered
    • rpm
    • yum
    • PackageKit/pkcon
    • md5sum
    • Evolution
    • Mozilla Thunderbird
    • Alpine
    • gpg2
    • Chatzilla
    • XChat
    • Irssi
    • Pidgin
    • Ekiga
    • Twinkle

Class slides: http://cs.senecac.on.ca/~mheidenr/lpt730/notes/LPT730_Session_02.odp

Lab #2

Complete the following using Thunderbird with the Enigmail add-on.

  1. Using gpg2 create an OpenPGP key pair for yourself. Make sure to create a proper and secure backup of your keys.
  2. Configure your email client for OpenPGP support.
  3. Post your public key in ASCII format on your blog. Also, upload your key to a keyserver (pool.sks-keyservers.net).
  4. Send a PGP-signed message to your LPT730 professor.
  5. Assuming that you completed all above steps correctly, you will receive a digitally signed and encrypted reply.
  6. Reply with an encrypted and signed message, making sure to quote the conversation in-line.

Optional work: Obtain public keys from your classmates, install them in your email client and start communicating using secure email.


Thawte Inc. Personal Email Certificates: http://www.thawte.com/secure-email/personal-email-certificates/index.html
Enigmail Project: http://enigmail.mozdev.org/home/index.php
IRC Tutorial
IRSSI Tutorial
Leet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leet
Ekiga Behind a NAT Router: http://wiki.ekiga.org/index.php/Ekiga_behind_a_NAT_router

Session 03 (Sept 18 - Sept 24) - Browsers

Session 04 (Sept 25 - Oct 1) - Finding and Moving Files

Session 05 (Oct 2 - Oct 8) - File Formats

Session 06 (Oct 9 - Oct 15) - File Formats Continued and Assignment 1 Presentations

Midterm Test (Oct 16)

FSOSS and Study Week (Oct 20 - Oct 24)

Fun and Games (Oct 27)

Session 07 (Oct 30 - Nov 5) - Graphics Applications

Session 08 (Nov 6 - Nov 12) - Multimedia Software

Session 09 (Nov 13 - Nov 19 ) - Office Productivity

Session 10 (Nov 20 - Nov 26) - Document Creation

Session 11 (Nov 27 - Dec 3) - Document Creation Continued and Assignment 2 Presentations

Course Wrap-Up and Review (Dec 4) =

Exam Week (Dec 8 - Dec 12)