Saturday, December 11, 2010


1. Kernel configuration, compilation and installation : Download / access the latest kernel source code from,compile the kernel and install it in the local system.Try to view the source code of the kernel

2. Virtualisation environment (e.g., xen, kqemu or lguest) to test an applications, new kernels and isolate applications. It could also be used to expose students to other alternate OSs like *BSD

3. Compiling from source : learn about the various build systems used like the auto* family, cmake, ant etc. instead of just running the commands. This could involve the full process like fetching from a cvs and also include autoconf, automake etc.,

4. Introduction to packet management system : Given a set of RPM or DEB, how to build and maintain, serve packages over http or ftp. and also how do you configure client systems to access the package repository.

5. Installing various software packages Either the package is yet to be installed or an older version is existing. The student can practice installing the latest version. Of course, this might need internet access.
 Install samba and share files to windows
 Install Common Unix Printing System(CUPS)

6. Write userspace drivers using fuse -- easier to debug and less dangerous to the system (Writing full-fledged drivers is difficult at student level)

7. GUI programming : a sample programme – using Gambas since the students have VB knowledge. However, one should try using GTK or QT

8. Version Control System setup and usage using RCS, CVS, SVN

9. Text processing with Perl: simple programs, connecting with database e.g., MYSQL

10. Running PHP : simple applications like login forms after setting up a LAMP stack

11. Running Python : some simple exercise – e.g. Connecting with MySql database

12. Set up the complete network interface usinf ifconfig command liek setting gateway, DNS, IP tables, etc.,
Resources :

An environment like FOSS Lab Server (developed by NRCFOSS containing the various
Equivalent system with Linux distro supplemented with relevant packages
Once the list of experiments are finalised, NRCFOSS can generate full lab manuals
complete with exercises, necessary downloads, etc. These could be made available on
NRCFOSS web portal.
Minimum Requirements:
- 700 Mhz X86 Processor
- 384 MB of system memory (RAM)
- 40 GB of disk space
- Graphics card capable of 1024*768 resolution
- Sound Card
- Network or Internet Connection
Latest distribution of Linux


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