CTS 1106 (Intro to Unix/Linux) Homework Assignment #1


Due: by the start of class on the date shown on the syllabus


Answer the following questions as briefly (but completely) as possible:

  1. When was the first Unix system developed?  Where was the work done?
  2. Name some tasks (at least two) performed by the kernel.
  3. What is a time-slice, and what is the usual length of one?
  4. What is open source software and why is it important?  What does FOSS (or FLOSS) mean?
  5. What is client — server computing?
  6. Can you use the name of a friend as the password?  Should you use one if permitted?
  7. What is the user ID (the user name) of the Unix administrator account, sometimes referred to as super-user?  Internally, user names are translated into unique numbers called UIDs.  What is the UID number associated with the administrator account (you may not find this in your book; try searching online for the answer)?
  8. If you don't have a [Backspace] key or it doesn't erase previous text, which equivalent key will you use?  (Hint: Not [Delete].)
  9. Why shouldn't you log in to a Unix system as root, to read email, surf the web, or create files and documents?
  10. List at least five mistakes commonly made when choosing passwords.

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