Introduction to Linux Workshop Summer 2014

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

While the workshop focuses on using 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 Linux distributions, including those used at the RCC. Attendees will also be familiar basic systems administration concepts a they relate to Linux.

Specific topics covered include:

  • History of Linux
  • How operating systems work
  • Kernels and shells
  • Connecting to Linux systems remotely
  • The Linux filesystem
  • Working with files
  • Working with common CLI tools and editors
  • Piping and redirection
  • Managing processes
  • Installing software (compiling and package managers)
  • 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 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.

Refreshments will be provided for attendees.