My new desktop is a Linux box, but I've never used Linux before! What do I need to know? Can you help me get started?
Yes! Please don't hesitate to submit a ServiceRequest
anytime you have a problem or question.
Linux is the most common operating system for large-scale scientific computing. Users interact with Linux via a powerful command-line interface that can be logged into either graphically or remotely.
Linux in general
For a written introduction to Linux, here are some online resources that you might find useful:
Your peers and colleagues will also be an invaluable resource, and your supervisor can provide you with documentation specific to your project or group.
Like Windows or macOS, Linux has a graphical interface for interacting with the system, in Linux terms, this is called the Desktop Environment
. At CLASSE
we use Xfce
as the standard Desktop Environment
, here are some online resources:
If your Linux system is installed and managed by CLASSE
, your desktop is running Scientific Linux 7
. Scientific Linux is a recompiled version of RedHat Enterprise Linux
put together and supported by the High Energy Physics community (primarily Fermilab and CERN). If you will be developing software and applications on Linux, see RedHat's documentation on using Developer Tools, binutils, cpp, gcc, ld, debugging with gdb, etc.
This gives an outline of installing and using RedHat provided tools for code development, many of which are available at CLASSE
, along with other tools discussed in the CLASSE Linux Support wiki
Linux at CLASSE
Continue to this page
to learn about the Linux environment here at CLASSE
Summer Student CLASSE Linux How-To
This Linux How-To
wiki was prepared for our Summer Students as an orientation to CLASSE Linux
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