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Linux Filesystem Hierarchy Primer, A Guide for Windows Users

This guide will provide a brief introduction to the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy (LFSH; ie, the filesystem layout) for those familiar with Windows. The first section will clarify any terminology used, the second section will address frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the LFSH, and the third section will provide a brief rundown of the LFSH. The goal is to help new Linux users figure out where things are located.

note: Linux has directories; Windows has folders. They're basically the same thing.


"Where is Program Files?"

Linux has no single location for most of its executable (think \*.exe) files. Instead, these files may be located in one of multiple, mostly pre-determined, locations. Most notably:

  • /bin contains non-administrator executable files necessary for system booting.
  • /sbin contains ...more

Mozilla Shows Off FirefoxOS

Corey Shields, IT manager at Mozilla, stopped by to demo a prototype device running FirefoxOS. FirefoxOS is a Linux-based mobile operating system that runs entirely on Gecko, Firefox's browser engine. It runs cross-platform HTML5 apps that can also be installed from Firefox for Android on Android devices. It is currently marketed towards the low-end smartphone market in third world countries.

The interface is also HTML5, written in HTML, JS, and CSS. Similarly Tizen, the Linux Foundation's mobile operating system, will run webapps, and theoretically apps written for FirefoxOS would run on Tizen (along with other browsers).

FirefoxOS is currently under heavy development by Mozilla. It has device APIs, that are attempting to be standardized, that allow it, essentially a browser, to access hardware interals ...more

How to Write a Guide

0) Identify a topic about which we need a guide. If you have an idea, great! If you're looking for something to write about, check out the open issues about Guides. Ask around in the IRC channel and at meetings about what people would like to see guides on, as well.

  • Remember that you don't have to start out as an expert on a topic in order to create a great guide. In fact, someone new to a subject is at an advantage when writing an introduction for other newbies, because experts often leave out information that seems obvious based on their years of experience.

  • To learn more about best practices and other areas that require expertise with your subject, interview an expert! They're usually happy to share, especially to help make a guide from which many people will ...more

Why Join LUG?

Reasons to come to LUG

1) We're open to all levels of experience. You don't have to know anything about Linux to come. We do a lot of things more related to open source technology than Linux.

2) Being familiar with Linux is a valuable asset when looking for a job/internship. You are more than likely going to run into a situation requiring basic Linux knowledge at some point in your career.

3) A lot of your future classes will be made easier by being comfortable with Linux and other open source software. CS311 and CS411 - Operating Systems - require you to use Linux throughout the course on our schools servers.

Information About Install Fest

The Install fest is aimed at a variety of skill levels. You only need your laptop and power supply, and we'll provide everything else. Expert Linux users will be there to walk everyone through the installation steps to ensure your data is ...more

Recap: Beaver Bar Camp X

Beaver Bar Camp 10 attracted a good crowd away from Blocktoberfest and the Beaver game. Barcamp is ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. Mozilla signed on again to sponsor BBC. They gave workshops on web security, writing for the web, and open web apps. Rackspace was also present this time around.

Talks included beer brewing, Minecraft redstone, Tor, whistling, poker theory, pendulums, and 3d printing.

Want to be a part of BarCamp and make BarCamp more awesome? Look out to attend and start thinking about things you could possibly talk about. It could be anything, whatever you enjoy doing (Bikes? Starcraft? Cake baking?). BarCamp out.