I'm really glad to hear that you're pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I do not know of any computer science curriculum that does not include Linux. I suggest that you download a Linux operating system from kernel.org or sourceforge.org and install it. Sourceforge.org and media outlets like SearchEnterpriseLinux.com can also help keep you up to date with the latest open source projects.
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One of the best things that you can do is to learn shell programming -- try using Perl and play with the Linux commands within the Shell window.
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