Monday, November 28, 2011

AUST announces the GNU/Linux Training Workshop 2012

LPI-101 – January 9 – 19, 2012
LPI-102 – February 6 – 16, 2012
In partnership with LPI, the Linux Professional Institute, and Ma3bar, the Arab Support Center for Free & Open Source Center, and in collaboration with the IEEE Computer Society – Lebanon Chapter, The Computer Science Department at the American University of Science and Technology – AUST announces a GNU/Linux Training Workshop on the campus of AUST, Ashrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon. This workshop covers two courses, LPI-101 and LPI-102, which lead to the LPIC-1 renown certification.


As part of Ma3bar's mission to promote Free Software in Arab societies, this Training workshop is a third of a series of GNU/Linux training workshops that aim to increase the level of competence in Free Software environments.

LPIC-1 – Junior Level Linux Professional

LPIC-1 is the first IT certification program to be professionally accredited by National Commission For Certifying Agencies (NCCA). It requires passing both exams of LPI-101 and LPI-102. To pass this level, someone should be able to:
  • Work at the GNU/Linux command line
  • Perform easy maintenance tasks: help out users, add users to a larger system, backup & restore, shutdown & reboot
  • Install and configure a workstation (including X) and connect it to a LAN, or a stand-alone PC to the Internet.

LPI-101 – Jan. 9 – 19, 2012 (8 sessions, 6:00–9:00 PM)

This course covers basic skills for the GNU/Linux professional that are common to major distributions of GNU/Linux.
Topics include:

  • System Architecture
    • Determine and configure hardware settings
    • Boot the system
    • Change run-levels and shutdown or reboot system
  • GNU/Linux Installation and Package Management
    • Design hard disk layout
    • Install a boot manager
    • Manage shared libraries
    • Use Debian package management
    • Use RPM and YUM package management
  • GNU and Unix Commands
    • Work on the command line
    • Process text streams using filters
    • Perform basic file management
    • Use streams, pipes and redirects
    • Create, monitor and kill processes
    • Modify process execution priorities
    • Search text files using regular expressions
    • Perform basic file editing operations using vi
  • Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
    • Create partitions and filesystems
    • Maintain the integrity of filesystems
    • Control mounting and unmounting of filesystems
    • Manage disk quotas
    • Manage file permissions and ownership
    • Create and change hard and symbolic links
    • Find system files and place files in the correct location

LPI-102 – Feb. 6-16, 2012 (8 sessions, 6:00–9:00 PM)

This course covers basic & more advanced skills for the GNU/Linux professional that are common to major distributions of GNU/Linux.
Topics include:

  • Shells, Scripting and Data Management
    • Customize and use the shell environment
    • Customize or write simple scripts
    • SQL data management
  • User Interfaces and Desktops
    • Install and configure X11
    • Setup a display manager
    • Accessibility
  • Administrative Tasks
    • Manage user and group accounts and related system files
    • Automate system administration tasks by scheduling jobs
    • Localization and internationalization
  • Essential System Services>
    • Maintain system time
    • System logging
    • Mail Transfer Agent (MTA) basics
    • Manage printers and printing
  • Networking Fundamentals
    • Fundamentals of internet protocols
    • Basic network configuration
    • Basic network troubleshooting
    • Configure client side DNS
  • Security
    • Perform security administration tasks
    • Setup host security
    • Securing data with encryption

LPIC-1 certification exams

LPIC-1 certification requires passing both exams 101 and 102. These two exams can be taken anytime at any LPI certified exam center. It is recommended that trainees consider taking the exams at least two weeks after the workshop in order to have adequate time to prepare, practice and review. More information about the exams will be provided during the workshop.

Who should attend

  • Beginner users in GNU/Linux environments who want to gain further technical skills
  • Users of GNU/Linux who want to start building basic skills in system administration and configuration
  • Computer professionals, fresh graduates, or students in graduate schools who want to become certified GNU/Linux professionals

What you get

  • Student material and study aid kit, including Approved Training Material – ATM, presentations, labs, electronic material, practice exams, and LPI portal access
  • Certificate of attendance
  • 90% certification success rate

Workshop tutor

The workshop will be delivered by a team of experienced academicians and LPI-certified professionals:
  • Dr. Aziz Barbar, Chairperson, Department of Computer Science, AUST – Beirut
  • Mr. Elie Nasr, Coordinator, Department of Computer Science, AUST – Beirut
  • Dr. Walid Karam, Coordinator, Ma3bar, the Arab Support Center for Free & Open Source Software, Universiry of Balamand, Al-Kurah, Lebanon


Registration is open until January 2, 2012. Early bird registration fees apply on or before December 16, 2011. Registration is confirmed only upon filling the on-line application form at and receiving the full payment.

Travel & Accommodation

    For participants coming from neighboring Arab countries, assistance and special rates on travel and accommodation will be arranged. Please contact for further details.

Cost Matrix

Early bird rate
Full rate
LPI-101 (IEEE student member rate) * §
USD 400
USD 450
LPI-102 (IEEE student member rate) * §
USD 400
USD 450
LPI-101 (student rate) §
USD 450
USD 500
LPI-102 (student** rate) §
USD 450
USD 500
LPI-101 (professional rate)
USD 900
USD 1,000
LPI-102 ( professional rate)
USD 900
USD 1,000
LPI-101 (group professional rate) 
USD 800
USD 900
LPI-102 (group professional rate)
USD 800
USD 900

* a valid IEEE student membership card for 2012 is required.

§ an eligible student must have a valid student ID from an accredited Institution of higher education, and should be less than 25 years of age.

an eligible group consists of two or more persons delegated by an organization

Contact us

For more information, please contact
Dr. Aziz Barbar
Chair, IEEE Computer Chapter, Lebanon
Chairperson, Department of Computer Science
AUST - American University of Science & Technology
Alfred Naccash Avenue – Ashrafieh
P.O. Box: 16-6452 Beirut 1100-2130, Lebanon
Tel : +961 (0)1 218 716, Ext. 311
Fax: +961 (0)1 339 302

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Search algorithme...

Google's Search Algorithm Challenged
IDG News Service (11/19/11) Philip Willan

Padua University professor Massimo Marchiori is leading the development of Volunia, a new search engine that could challenge Google's search algorithm and lead to radically different search engines in the future. "It's not just Google plus 10 percent. It's a different perspective," says Marchiori, who contributed to the development of Google's search algorithm. "It's a new radical view of what a search engine of the future could be." Volunia's Web site allows visitors to sign up for a chance to test the beta version of the search engine, which will be launched in 12 languages by the end of the year. "If I didn't think it was something big, capable of competing with the giants of online search, I would never have got involved," Marchiori says. The project is headquartered in Padua, with funding being supplied by Sardinian entrepreneur Mariano Pireddu. "The difference of our search engine is what will enable us to emerge," Marchiori says. Pireddu says the Volunia researchers are not attempting to build a better search engine than Google's, but rather they are trying to create a different kind of search engine that can work alongside Google's.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Linux en enterprise (fr)


Les offreurs en position de force Les attentes et les exigences des clients n'influencent que peu les produits et les services disponibles; le marché de l'informatique est aujourd'hui piloté par l'offre plutôt que par la demande, qui n'est pas (encore) en position de force. (Est-ce lié à la jeunesse du marché? À l'excès d'oligopoles? À la pénurie de compétences par rapport à la demande?)

Acheter une licence n'offre aucune garantie L'acquisition d'un logiciel n'offre aucune garantie quant à sa pérennité pas plus qu'elle ne réduit l'éventuel coût de ses défauts: manques à gagner, dommages, coûts induits...

Les données otages des éditeurs d'outils Stocker des données selon un format propriétaire ou les traiter avec un programme au source non analysable revient à serrer ses informations dans un coffre dont un tiers détient la seule clé.

Un grand dessein : le partage bénéficie aux utilisateurs de logiciel La nature immatérielle du logiciel (copier ne coûte guère) rend possible de partager sans surcoût extensions et corrections, alors qu'elles améliorent la qualité du logiciel. Certains acteurs de l'open source limitent toutefois ce partage aux éléments ne profitant pas à leurs concurrents.

Aspects organisationnels et financiers

La transparence réduit les coûts La transparence requise par l'open source interdit à tout prestataire de prendre l'utilisateur en otage. Elle réduit le coût d'intégration (connexion du logiciel à l'existant), d'exploitation (résolution des inévitables embarras) ainsi que celui du ticket de sortie.

Mieux pourvoir les projets En supprimant les licences payantes l'open source ménage du budget pour la réalisation du projet, principal facteur de risque.

Atténuer le risque de l'exclusivité des compétences L'open source facilite la gestion des compétences car une entreprise utilisatrice peut librement décider de son niveau d'indépendance vis-à-vis des prestataires (développement, intégration, formation, assistance technique...).

L'accès aux données affranchit de l'acquisition de licences Tout partenaire, client ou fournisseur (par exemple le citoyen) doit pouvoir accéder aux informations sans acquitter de licence.

Mutualisation : coûts moindres et garantie qualitative Le coût acquitté par chacun pour la réalisation d'une solution immatérielle (du logiciel) utile à tous est inversement proportionnel au nombre de contributeurs au projet de la réalisation correspondante. Les profiteurs, qui se contentent de recueillir le fruit du travail des autres, peuvent être maintenus à l'écart en réservant temporairement aux seuls contributeurs certaines parties des réalisations.

Réduire le coût des matériels Les évolutions des codes open source n'exigent pas sans cesse davantage de puissance, donc n'accélèrent pas l'obsolescence des matériels.

Adéquation de l'open source

Le respect de normes assure l'interopérabilité maximale Les grandes architectures propriétaires disparaissent car les décideurs, afin de ne pas devenir des otages, évitent les outil peu conformes aux normes donc interagissant peu et mal avec d'autres. Les logiciels open source respectent les normes.

Il est souvent souhaitable voire nécessaire de maîtriser les outils Les logiciels sont imparfaits et il faut sans cesse les améliorer (maintenance corrective et adaptative), mieux vaut maîtriser ceux qui sont nécessaires au fonctionnement de l'entreprise afin de gérer l'exploitation en mode dégradé voire de les adapter. Motiver les informaticiens interdit d'employer des outils opaques (qui les transforment en presseurs de boutons). C'est souvent moins l'outil qui fait la différence que la capacité de son utilisateur à l'employer au mieux.

Améliorer la relation avec les utilisateurs créatifs Un nombre croissant d'utilisateurs développent (macros, VBA, Access ...) sans pour autant oublier leurs connaissances 'métier'. La direction chargée du système d'information peut choisir de combattre ces développements ou bien d'impliquer ces utilisateurs. Les outils open source améliorent le dialogue et l'industrialisation car établissent un périmètre technique adéquat commun.

Capitaliser sur la pratique Les constats et solutions issus du terrain doivent bénéficier au logiciel exploité (via sa version d'intégration), grâce à un processus léger mais rigoureux auquel l'open source se prête bien.

L'automatisation est un principe sain L'automatisation, bien assurée par Unix donc par l'open source, est source d'économie et de fiabilité.

Aspects techniques

L'innovation reconnue utile par le marché est issue de l'Open Source Les techniques employées par les projets contemporains sont issues de l'open source (Internet, Web...).

L'open source repose sur des techniques classiques Merise, la VABF... tout comme les «méthodes agiles» sont applicables. Les spécialistes concernés maîtrisent les techniques (famille Unix) mises en œuvre par les logiciels open source. De surcroît les concepts techniques des solutions open source évoluent en fonction de nécessités pratiques et non commerciales, donc ne connaissent pas de réforme arbitraire permettant de contraindre les utilisateurs à disposer de la plus récente version.

L'open source procède de la démarche scientifique ... et non du bricolage, car la publication est la condition de la nécessaire revue par les pairs. Un technicien devant publier ses travaux, donc les soumettre à la revue de ses pairs afin de les y associer, travaille mieux car peaufine avant de s'exposer ainsi.

Modernité du socle Unix La qualité technique de Linux et des systèmes BSD, reconnue par le marché, montre que l'adoption de la souche technique Unix découle d'une sélection menée par des experts et favorise les améliorations.


Réduire la dépendance Est-il préférable que son informatique dépende d'un unique fournisseur ou bien d'un ensemble de concurrents ?

Rééquilibrer l'économie du logiciel Est-il préférable : de louer, par exemple en payant des licences à une entreprise non européenne établissant librement son tarif (augmentations prévues ou non...) ? d'utiliser gratuitement un logiciel dont le coût de développement a été mutualisé, améliorable au moyen de prestations payées à des acteurs européens mis en concurrence ?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Google's Lab of Wildest Dreams

Google's Lab of Wildest Dreams
New York Times (11/14/11) Claire Cain Miller
               ; Nick Bilton

Google X is a top-secret lab where Google researchers are focusing on 100 blue-sky concepts, including reportedly the U.S. manufacture of driverless cars, space elevators that collect information or transport things into space, and fleets of robots that could aid Google with information gathering.  Other concepts the lab is concentrating on include methods for linking everyday objects to the Web in an Internet of things.  Google X reflects Google's aim to be a hub of groundbreaking research and development, and Google's Jill Hazelbaker says speculative project investment is a key component of Google's makeup.  "While the possibilities are incredibly exciting, please do keep in mind that the sums involved are very small by comparison to the investments we make in our core businesses," she says.  Google X is staffed by roboticists and electrical engineers hired from Microsoft, Carnegie Mellon University, Nokia Labs, Stanford University, New York University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun, who invented the world's first driverless car, is one of the lab's research leaders, as is fellow Stanford professor Andrew Ng, who specializes in teaching robots and machines to function like people via the application of neuroscience to artificial intelligence.

Chrombooks et Chrome OS, un échec à la Google TV ?

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

NCWIT Trying to Increase Number of Women in Technology Field

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The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has partnered with academia and industry to improve the recruitment and retention of women in information technology (IT) and expects an additional 1,000 women to graduate with IT-related degrees next year. The program, called NCWIT Pacesetters, provides a peer group for discussing experiences, research, and results; puts on the annual NCWIT Summit on Women in IT; and offers case studies on educational reform, recruitment, and retention. Other offerings include social science research on workforce participation, education, and innovation; outreach campaigns on IT careers and education for women; and an online inventory of resources. The Pacesetters program has boosted the percentage of women computing graduates at the University of Virginia from 10 percent to 25 percent, and led to twice as many female engineer interns at Google. Meanwhile, the University of California, Santa Cruz says the program helped increase the number of female majors in computer science by 40 percent.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

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