Assignment 1 - January 15, 2018
This assignment is worth 5% of
the course grade.
Due by 11:59 pm, Mon. January 22
This assignment serves to document
the completion of all Introduction to Linux tutorials, as well
as to show your proficiency with some fundamental desktop tasks.
1. (2 points) Create a folder for
Using the File Manager, create a directory (ie. folder) called
PLNT2530. Inside that directory, create a sub-directory called as1,
to hold materials associated with Assignment 1. Save all files
in your PLNT2530/as1 directory.
To make it easier to write
your report, you can download template files in LibreOffice or MS-Word format. These documents
contain dummy data to be replaced with your own data. For
reference, a PDF file is
also available. This
file should also be saved in your PLNT2530/as1 directory.
2. (3 points) Verify settings
In a terminal window, type the following three commands, one after
Take a screenshot of this window, showing output from all of these
commands. If necessary, you may make the window taller to show all
the output. Save the screenshot in a file. Click here for more information on how to
3. (10 points) Verify setup of the GNOME
This section will document the completion
of the setup tasks from The
GNOME Desktop tutorial.
Open your Firefox browser to the Plant Biotechnology Home page (https://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~frist/PLNT2530/).
Because we will work extensively from this website throughout the
course, make sure to Bookmark this page. Resize the browser so that
it does not take up the entire screen. In particular, leave some
space on the left edge of the screen so that the launchers on the
desktop, labeled Computer, Home, BIRCH and Trash are visible.
Next, open your file manager to your PLNT2530/as1 directory. Make
sure to show the List View, rather than the Icon View. At this
point, your File Manager should show the contents of your as1
directory. Resize the File Manager so that you can show Firefox and
the File Manager. They can either be side by side, or cascaded as
shown in the PDF template file. Take a
screenshot of the entire screen and save it in a file. Make sure to
give this file a different name than your terminal screenshot file.
4. (5 points) Create
a document to show your results
You may write the report on the Linux using LibreOffice Writer,
found in the Applications --> Office menu. Alternatively,
you can install the Filezilla
client on your own computer and download your files from your Linux
account, to write the report there.
should include the following:
Export your report to a PDF file. See the PDF template file
for an idea of what your report should look like. (It is
usually good practice, when sending a file to someone else,
to send a PDF, rather than the word processor
file. PDF files should always look the same,
regardless of the program or computer used to create
them. Word processing files opened up on different computers
often have different fonts or placement of graphics.)
- Your name and student ID number.
screenshot of the terminal window showing the command prompt
set by the newuser script, which includes the name of the
login host, and the path to your $HOME directory.
screenshot showing the full screen, after completing step 3
Your PDF file is due on by 11:59 pm, Mon. January 22 on the PLNT2530
UMLearn Dropbox site in the Bioinformatics 1 folder. Files in word
processing formats (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt) are not acceptable.
Notes: If you have questions, it may help to send me a message at