CS101: Introduction to Computers and Computing
CS101: Introduction to Computers and Computing

Lab Introduction and Open Source Software Scavenger Hunt

There are 3 parts to today's lab:

  1. Following your Instructor's directions the class will go over the CS101 lab requirements by viewing the syllabus and course information on the  CS101 web site for the syllabus exam administered in lab two weeks from today.
  2. Form small groups and complete the open source scavenger hunt.
  3. Your Instructor will take attendance to make sure you are properly enrolled in CS101.

Lab Directions:

Part 1: Following your Instructor's directions the class will go over the CS101 lab requirements by viewing the syllabus and course information on the  CS101 web site for the syllabus exam administered in lab two weeks from today.

Click on the following link to open another window on the CS101 homepage, when finished with the lab information overview close the window to return to these directions:
CS101 Homepage

Part 2: Complete the open source scavenger hunt.

Your instructor will explain to you about open source software.  They will then divide the class into groups.

Once your instructor gives the OK your group will use the following links (and anything else you can find on the Internet)...

http://www.opensourcewindows.org/
http://www.opensourcemac.org/
https://sourceforge.net/directory/os:mac/
http://www.techsupportalert.com/
http://www.filehippo.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_open_source_software_packages

... to complete the following tasks on one computer running Ubuntu.   The first group to complete all tasks shares their answers with the class and wins a special prize.

Task 1) Find and run the open source word processor on this computer.
Task 2) In the open source word processor you now have running enter the name of the online Office suite you have access to for free via your MySSU account.
Task 3) In your open source word processor paste the link to the web site that would allow you download an open source piece of software you could use on a Macintosh computer to convert a DVD to a backup file stored on your computer.
Task 4) In your open source word processor paste the link to the web site that would allow you download an open source piece of software you could use on a Windows computer to convert a DVD to a backup file stored on your computer.
Task 5) In your open source word processor paste the link to the web site that would allow you download a open source program that you could use to do multi-track audio editing on either a Windows or Mac computer (podcasts, ringtones, etc).
Task 6) In your open source word processor paste the link to the web site that would allow you download a open source program that would allow you to find out what other programs start running (a start up manager) when you boot up your Windows computer (and possibly slow your computer down).
Task 7) In your open source word processor paste the link to the web site that would allow you download a open source program that would allow you to surf the web anonymously.

Part 3: Your Instructor will take attendance to make sure you are properly enrolled in CS101.

End of Lab