INLS161-002 | Spring 2017

Session Date: Wednesday Jan 18, 2017

Basics: Clients

Bring your Laptop to today's session.

Preparations for this session

on clients

  1. How Operating Systems Work by Dave Coustan and Curt Franklin, How Stuff Works. Look especially at the distinction between single-user, multi-tasking and multi-user operating systems
  2. Introduction to Client Server Networks by Bradley Mitchell,

you might also glance at

  1. How Laptops Work by by Tracy V. Wilson and Robert Valdes, How Stuff Works
  2. In Web Design in a Nutshell , 3rd Edition, read parts of chapter 4, "A Beginner's Guide to the Server" Uploading Documents (FTP) through The FTP Process.

on Open Source

  1. read What does open source mean? in How Stuff Works. This is part of the - next session's discussion of operating systems.
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Clients and Servers

Generally speaking, within a network, clients are computers and devices that request data from a server. Clients initiate and servers wait and respond.

Theoretically, any device connected to any network can be configured to operate as a client or server. For example, here is an article from 2009, describing how an iPhone can be used as a Web server. However, that is not very practical for any serious resource needs. So, the distinction to what constitutes a client or a server is governed most of all by practicality. Servers, in general, are setup to provide services to other servers and clients. Network administrators have a tricky job setting up resources. Too few resources will result in poor or no service and too much investment translates into wasted costs. In this course the lab computers, your laptops and your handheld devices will operate as clients.

Client Definition Webopedia
How Laptops Work How Stuff Works
Server Definition Webopedia
How Web Servers Work How Stuff Works
How PCs Work How Stuff Works
Microprocessors How Stuff Works
Wireless and Wifi Coverage UNC ITS
Windows Maintenance Lifehacker
Command Line SFTP Video It is possible to do SFTP at the command line without a GUI. This video it is 13 minutes long, and I don't recommend that you spend any time on this now. This link is here for reference if you want to come back and look at it after you have finished the UNIX and Networking sessions.

Quick Links


Lawrence Jones

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