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Important Dates for CST8207 Students

Your CST Program Orientation is 12 noon on Tuesday September 4 2018.

Learn about the Algonquin College-wide Orientation Activities

Tuesday September 4 2018 – All Woodroffe Campus classes for level 1 are cancelled and replaced by Algonquin Orientation.

Your CST Program Orientation is at 12 noon on Tuesday September 4 2018 in the first floor lobby (Minto Hall - with the wall of plants) in the Algonquin Center for Construction Excellence (ACCE/CA) building west of Woodroffe Avenue, near the OCTranspo Baseline stop. Regular classes resume on Wednesday September 5 2018; see your ACSIS timetable. Map of Algonquin College (including parking)

2018-09-03 – Week 1 – Monday September 3 2018 – Labour Day (College closed)
2018-09-04 – Week 1 – Tuesday September 4 2018
  • All Woodroffe Campus classes for all levels are suspended Tuesday and replaced by Algonquin College Orientation for all students at all levels. We encourage staff and students from all Schools and Faculties to attend the College Orientation.
  • At 12 noon on Tuesday attend CST Program Orientation in the first floor lobby (Minto Hall - with the wall of plants) in the Algonquin Center for Construction Excellence (ACCE/CA) building west of Woodroffe Avenue, near the OCTranspo Baseline stop.
  • Other Algonquin College Orientation activities happen all day Tuesday.
All classes will be suspended on September 4 2018, so that you can attend AC Day 1. Your regular class schedule will resume on September 5 2018 (please refer to your timetable available on ACSIS).
2018-09-05 – Week 1 – Wednesday September 5 2018 – classes start. See your timetable, available online on the College ACSIS system. Bring your laptop or mobile device to your first class and to all your classes.
2018-10-08 – Week 6 – Monday October 8 – Thanksgiving Day (College closed)
2018-10-11/12 – Week 6 – Thursday October 11 or Friday October 12 – Midterm #1 of 2 (45 minutes – 10%) in your one-hour lecture class
2018-11-08/09 – Week 10 – Thursday November 8 or Friday November 9 – Midterm #2 of 2 (45 minutes – 15%) in your one-hour lecture class
2018-11-09 – Week 10 – Friday November 9 – Last Withdrawal Date
2018-12-07 – Week 14 – Friday December 7 2018 – end of Fall Term 2018; last day of classes
2018-12-08/15 – Week 15 – Algonquin Final Assessment Week runs December 8 through December 15, inclusive. Final Exams end after 2018-12-15.
2018-12-13 – Week 15 – Thursday December 13 8am–11am – GYM – Final exam (3 hours – 40%)
2018-12-16 – Week 15 – Sunday December 16 – Course Evaluation Closes
2019-01-07 – Week 1 – Monday January 7 – start of Winter Term 2019 and CST8207 Winter 2019

See also the "Academic Calendar" on the Algonquin Registrar Office Page.

Course Description

Consult the Course Outline (PDF) for the official description.

Students learn the basic concepts and features of the GNU/Linux operating system and utilities, the world's most well-known Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) project and the underlying technology supporting Google, Facebook and Android smart phones. Students examine the power of the GNU/Linux command line and the basics of shell scripting and task automation are studied. Students perform file system searches, full-text searches, and data-mine system log files to generate analyses of network attacks and intrusion attempts. Students also customize their shell programming environment to simplify repetitive tasks and support system administration functions.

Alternate Web Notes

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Web notes for this course are kept at multiple sites. I pay for the notes to be stored on commercial Linux-based web hosting services, with backup copies located in various locations.

Write down the locations of the web notes and their backup copies from the list below. (You won't be able to get to this page if the main web site is down!)

  1. http://teaching.idallen.com/cst8207/18f/    (main .com site)
    The main dot .com site is located in a large data centre in Troy, Michigan, USA.
  2. http://teaching.idallen.org/cst8207/18f/    (note the dot .org domain suffix!)
    The .org site is located in a large data centre in New York.
  3. http://cst8207.idallen.ca/~idallen/teaching/cst8207/18f/     (on campus)
    The CST8207 site is accessible from inside Algonquin College even when the College Internet is broken.

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