Introduction to Linux and git

McMaster University
Mon, Nov 23, 2020, 5:30 PM (EST)

About this event

Linux is used in almost all disciplines of the software engineering industry. In fact, you are using Linux without even knowing it - Linux is everywhere; on your smartphones, your smartwatches, smart fridge, internet router, your modern car probably, servers on the cloud, satellites, literally everywhere! It's important for all developers and technology enthusiasts to learn a little bit about Linux, what it even is, and how might you come across it in the real world.

The DSC McMaster U chapter will be running 2 workshops on Intro to Linux to help you gain basic knowledge and understanding of Linux, particularly in the context of software development co-op jobs. Through this workshop series you will learn exactly what Linux/Unix means, what some of the differences are between popular operating systems, and why Linux is such a big deal. Then we will dive deep into learning common commands run on the terminal, especially those that are most relevant to maintaining code bases. We will learn how to use nano and git.


1. Have some sort of terminal ready. (Note that you don’t need Linux to use a terminal - see Windows and MacOS options below. You can get Linux but that may be a bit intimidating for beginners.)

Windows: install and set up Windows WSL

MacOS: you’re already ready (terminal)

  • Search terminal in the search bar and open it

Linux: you’re already ready (terminal)

  • Search terminal in the search bar and open it

Other ways to get Linux:

  • Virtual Machine (VM): VirtualBox, VMWare
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Dual-boot with a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu

2. Make sure you have a GitHub account (and can access it!) Register here

3. Install git (you most likely already have git. To check, open your terminal and type "git --version" and press enter, and if it returns a version number then you're set! If not, then you'll need to install git)


This workshop will be broadcast on YouTube Live (so you can rewind and pause at your pleasure!), and also the speaker and mentors will be on a voice call on our Discord Events server so you'll be able to join the voice call and ask questions live. Those who are attending live will get the opportunity to meet and greet with the workshop hosts, ask questions, receive immediate troubleshooting help by our mentors, and also work with other attendees through the workshop practical exercises!

How to RSVP and attend

Click the RSVP button on this event page to register for the event. Then, at the time of the event, check your email or come back to this page and click the "Join" button that will re-direct you to our virtual platform for the event.




Monday, Nov 23
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)