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

Getting started

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.

What you see when logging into Linux: The Desktop Environment

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:

Developing code

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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