There are many distributions and flavors of Linux available today, which can sometimes make it hard to find client software for a particular platform. However, many of the IT services on campus can be used within a Linux environment if a person is willing to invest time on installation and configuration. The guides below can help Linux users at UNC get started, secure their systems and connect to some key campus services.
For starters, here are some general Linux and UNIX guides:
- Installing Linux – How to install a secure RedHat 7.2 system
- How to Use Unix and Linux File Permissions – An excellent and thorough guide to file permissions
- How to Secure a Linux System – Covers physical security, useful software tools and configuration tweaks
- UNIX/Linux: Getting Started – Overview of how to use the command line and manage files
- UNIX/Linux: Intermediate – Tips on using the shell, command redirection, pipes and setting up a profile
Here are some guides to connecting to campus services:
- UNC AFS Installation for Linux 2.6 Systems – AFS for Linux 2.6 kernels
- UNC AFS installation for Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06 LTS – AFS for Ubuntu Dapper Drake
- Connecting to the UNC Network – Linux
- Installing the VPN on Linux – Connect to the campus virtual private network
These are some fee-based Linux and UNIX services provided by ITS:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux – Subscribe to RedHat EL and RedHat Network, local (satellite) update service
- Tivoli Storage Manager – ITS workstation and server backup service with Linux support
These guides were written by both ITS staff and readers of this site. If you are interested in documenting some Linux configuration steps for your platform, please get involved and provide a guide to your fellow Linux users.
The best way to get involved is to join a group of Linux users on campus and coordinate your efforts. The Carolina Open Source Initiative (COSI) is a student organization that has started writing guides, especially for the Ubuntu distribution, known as the UNCbuntu project. There is also a UNC Linux Users Group mailing list.