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Please bring a laptop computer to class. Learning to use Linux on your own computer will accelerate your ability to incorporate what you learn into your own research. Before the first class, please…

  • Select a computer to bring to class.
  • Know how to open the linux terminal on your computer
  • Download and install a text editor.

What is a linux terminal? It should look something like this:

Here are the options for accessing a a linux terminal on different systems. Again, please verify you can access your terminal before class:

MAC Laptop Users

Lucky you! Your MAC runs on a Linux-like operating system. All you need to get running is to familiarize yourself with the Terminal application.

  1. Go to Finder
  2. Go to Applications
  3. Go to Utilities
  4. Click on Terminal to open the application
  5. For faster access, you can drag and drop Terminal into your Dock.

PC Laptop Users Running Windows 10

If you are running Windows 10 Build 14682 or higher, you can install Linux on top of the Windows operating system. Please read How to install and use the linux bash shell on windows 10 to install the system. The section titled “How to Install Bash on Windows 10” is the relevant section to read.

PC Laptop Users Not Running Windows 10

If you are using a Windows machine running anything earlier than Windows 10 Build 14682, you will need to install VirtualBox, an application that will run a virtual Linux computer inside Windows:

  1. Download the VirtualBox software.
  2. Double-click the setup file (windows) or and follow the prompts to install.
  3. During the installation, keep all of the options set to their default values.

Next you need to create the linux virtual machine:

  1. Download the virtual machine (this is a large file - around 3Gb).
  2. Start VirtualBox.
  3. In the File menu, select Import Appliance.
  4. Follow these instructions to complete the task.

Next, you'll need to load Fedora (which is linux) inside the Virtual box and sign up for an account.

  1. Follow instructions here OR come to class early on Tuesday to have someone walk you through this process.

Linux Distro Laptop Users

If you have a laptop that is running a Linux distro natively, you are all set to go. To access the terminal, search the DASH for Terminal. Click on the Terminal icon to open the application.

Ah! None Of This Is Working For Me

If you don't have a laptop or you can't access a Linux terminal, please contact Erin Nishimura. We have Mac OS laptops you can borrow for part or all of the course, available for use during the class time. You will still need to make your own arrangements to perform Assignments outside of class in some other way.


Everyone will need to install a text editor specific for code.

Mac users: we recommend TextWrangler, available in the App Store.

PC Users running Windows 10: we recommend Notepad++ for Windows users (search internet)

PC Users NOT running Windows 10: The virtual linux machine comes with a program called KWrite already installed. We recommend this.

We do not recommend TextEdit, Wordpad, Notebook, EMACs, vim, or any IDEs.

requirements.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/19 09:27 by erin