Problem Definition and Design Issues

This section describes the problem in greater detail and works through some design decisions. Because this is a relatively simple problem and should be a straightforward implementation, this chapter does not go into much of the detailed design that a large multi-person project would need in order to ensure success.

Hardware Specifications

A PC will have Linux installed on it; the hard drive will be wiped, and a new Linux distribution will be installed: Red Hat 6.2 with the GNOME desktop (the version current when this book was written, Red Hat 7.x should work fine when it comes out). This is the out-of-the-box default configuration for Red Hat 6.2 (for a total cost of approximately $30 so far). The target ...

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