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Session 1 - Introduction to Linux

Session Objectives:

By the end of this session you should be able to:
  1. give a reasonable definition of what linux is
  2. navigate your way around a linux system
  3. create, move, copy and delete files and directories
  4. set up local initialisation files
  5. run, kill, suspend and background jobs
  6. apply simple local and remote operations to files and directories
  7. use a number of simple linux utilities
  8. write and run shell scripts
  9. demonstrate a familiarity with utility packages, eg for plotting
  10. use emacs as a file editor


Follow the links on the left to work through each section in this session.

This material should be considered as a quickstart guide to linux and in no way claims to be comprehensive. The intention is that once you have mastered the ideas in this tutorial, then you should have sufficient information to find out more about linux. Many of the staff in the Centre for Scientific Computing have a great deal of linux experience, and should be willing to share this with you.

Session Assessment:

This part of the module is assessed by an online test. There are two tests available for this Session:

  1. A practice test called CY900 S1 total Mock Test
  2. The REAL test called CY900 S1 total REALTest

You can take the mock test three times. Also, you have at most 3 attempts to pass the real test.

The pass rate is 70%.

To take the test, follow the link below, and then log in with the userid and password that I will assign to you on Day 1 of the module.

You should try to pass this test ASAP, but the deadline for completion of ALL tests is Friday of week 0.

Online tests - Perception