Intro to GNU/Linux Workshop

This is a TWO DAY Workshop.

Part I will occur on Wed, Feb 7 from 11:30am to 1pm.

Part II will occur on Fri, Feb 9 from 11:30am to 1pm.

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.

The workshop focuses on using GNU/Linux within the context of the RCC, but the course may have general appeal even for those attendees who do not use the RCC.

How to Prepare

This is an interactive, hands-on workshop.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop computer if you are able to so that you can follow along during the presentation.

Before the workshop begins, be sure that you have installed a Linux environment on your computer.  If you have a Mac or Linux computer, you are already set.  If you have a Windows computer, I encourage you to download and install the Linux Subsystem for Windows.  This will allow you to follow along.

If you want, you can sign-up for an RCC account on our website.  However, this is not necessary.  If you do not have an account already, we will provide you a temporary account to use on our system during the 

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 gain familiarity with basic systems administration concepts as they relate to GNU/Linux.

Specific topics covered include:

Part I - Wednesday, February 7:

  • History of GNU and Linux
  • How operating systems work
  • Kernels and shells
  • Connecting to GNU/Linux systems remotely
  • The GNU/Linux file system

Part II - Friday, February 9:

  • 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 over twelve years of professional experience using and administering GNU/Linux systems, and six years of adjunct teaching experience at FSU. Whenever he gets a new laptop, he proudly formats the primary disk and replaces Windows with the latest distribution of Ubuntu.


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.