Intro to GNU/Linux Workshop

Our "Introduction to Linux for HPC" workshop is a free, interactive workshop that provides a pragmatic introduction to GNU/Linux and the command line. The workshop allows users to begin interacting with the shell and using GNU/Linux in day-to-day environments, such as the RCC.

While the workshop focuses on using GNU/Linux within the context of the RCC, we will not engage in any HPC or RCC-specific technologies. This course may have general appeal even for those attendees who do not use the RCC.

Workshop Format

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop. It will be held in a fully-equipped classroom laboratory with computers. Attendees may bring their own notebook computers, but this will not be necessary.

Topics Covered

By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to connect to and interact with popular GNU/Linux distributions, including those used at the RCC. Attendees will also be familiar basic systems administration concepts as they relate to GNU/Linux.

Specific topics covered include:

  • History of GNU and Linux
  • How operating systems work
  • Kernels and shells
  • Connecting to GNU/Linux systems remotely
  • The GNU/Linux filesystem
  • Working with files
  • Working with common CLI tools and editors
  • Piping and redirection
  • Various tips and tricks
  • Using RCC resources (HPC, Spear, Condor) with the CLI


This workshop will be led by Casey McLaughlin, the RCC Support Coordinator. Casey has ten years of professional experience using and administering GNU/Linux systems, and six years of adjunct teaching experience at FSU. He proudly replaces Windows with the latest distribution of Ubuntu whenever he gets a new laptop.


The location of these workshops is Dirac Science Library Room 152 (map). NOTE: The entrance is located on the southeast corner of the building, across from the Oceanography building next to the parking garage. Use that entrance, not the main library entrance.