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Introduction to Linux

Introduction to Linux
Date: 02.10.2015 9:30 - 03.10.2015 16:30
Location details: The event is organised at the CSC Training Facilities located in the premises of CSC at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland. The best way to reach us is by public transportation; more detailed travel tips) are available.
Language: english-language
lecturers: Thomas Zwinger
Jaakko Leinonen
Tomasz Malkiewicz
Atte Sillanpää and Urpo Kaila from CSC
  • 120 for-finnish-academics
  • 280 for-others
The fee covers all materials, lunches as well as morning and afternoon coffees.
There are 24 seats in the course which are reserved with the first 24 registrants. You may cancel your attendance without a charge 5 business days prior the course. For cancellations after that and no-shows without a cancellation the full fee will be invoiced.
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General content:
Practical matters:

This two day course will cover the very basics of Unix/Linux. It serves as an introduction to those who are completely new to Linux. Both days have extended hands-on exercises.

The course will give the participant the basic knowledge and skills to use the Unix shell. How to navigate around, copy files and launch applications. In addition to being useful on CSC's servers, basic unix skills may come in handy elsewhere too, and knowing the basics makes later self study much easier. The hands-on exercises also will include a demonstration on how to set up one's own Linux system.

If Linux is not familiar, you can prepare by looking at the materials of previous workshops.

Quick intro to useful Unix commands and CSC environment:
Unix Cheat Sheet 


Thursday October 1st

09:30 – 10:00  Morning coffee & registration
10:00 – 10:15  Introduction to the course (whereabouts, etc.)
10:15 – 11:00  What is UNIX/Linux (history and basic concepts, multi-user, multi-tasking, multi-processor)
11:00 – 11:45  Linux on my own computer (native installation, dual-boot, virtual appliances)
11:45 – 12:15  1st utilization of Linux - GUI based (opening terminal from GUI, creating shortcuts)
12:15 – 13:15  Lunch
13:15 – 14:15  A first glimpse of the shell (simple navigation, listing, creating/removing files and directories)
14:15 – 14:45  Coffee
14:45 – 15:15 Text editors (vi, emacs and nano)
15:15 – 16:00  File permissions (concepts of users and groups, changing permissions/groups)
16:00 – 16:30 Troubleshooter: Interactive session to deal with open questions and specific problems


Friday October 2nd

09:00 – 10:15 Job management (scripts and executables, suspending/killing jobs, monitoring)
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee
10:45 – 11:30 Setup of your system (environment variables, aliases, rc-files)
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 13:30 A second look at the shell (finding content, accessing and copying from/to remote hosts)
13:30 – 14:00 Linux security
14:00 – 14:30 Coffee
14:30 – 15:30 Hands-on exercises
15:30 – 16:15 Troubleshooter: Interactive session to deal with open questions and specific problems

Course materials