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When taking CSE 101, CSE 107, or CSE 113, we recommend that students new to using Linux use a virtual machine. A virtual machine is an emulated computer, which we'll use to run the GNU/Linux operating system from a Windows or Mac OS machine.
For introductory classes, it is especially helpful to use a virtual machine, since you can be sure you have all of the software required with minimal setup. In this guide, we'll walk you through setting up our standard VM image, which comes with everything you'll need for your classes pre-installed.
$ uname -a, and hit enter.
x86_64somewhere on the line, you have a 64-bit architecture.
x86, you have a 32-bit architecture.
Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cardsor your machine may not work.
This machine is yours to break, fool around with, or work on! It's capable of everything you need for our introductory classes.
We recommend checking out The Linux Command Line if you haven't ever used a shell before. Since you'll be spending a lot of your time in a shell from here on, it's good to get familiar with it early.
You should use Dropbox to make sure your files aren't lost, since it can be pretty easy to overwrite something accidentally. We've already installed it for you, so sign up! You should really learn to use our Gitlab, but Dropbox will do the job for now.
Your default text editor is Atom, which is made by Github. Atom supports many plugins and themes that make it able to be highly personalized. The iPython shell is also installed, and is useful for writing Python code. Both are great for people learning to code for the first time.
At some point, nearly every person in this department begins to use Vim and/or Emacs. They are extremely powerful, highly customizable tools, and can make writing code faster, easier, and prettier than in other text editors.
$ emacs, then press
ctrl+h, then press
If you want to build your own Linux machine, virtual or otherwise, a basic summary of our setup follows. For a full
$ dpkg -l output, please see this page