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Linux: Why do computational scientists love it?

A hands-on tutorial workshop using Linux will be held on March 3rd, 2020, at Seaborne Library, Parkgate Road, University of Chester, CH1 4BJ. This student-led workshop will explore Linux, its various distributions, and try to answer questions such as why computational scientists prefer it over other operating systems. In addition, a hands-on session and Q&A will take place where you can set up Linux, learn to use Unix via the command line, explore various scientific software and appreciate the strengths of Linux as an alternative operating system to Windows and MacOS.

This workshop would be of an appropriate level for students studying science and engineering as well as anyone who would like to experiment with an alternative operating system.

Programme

15:00-16:00: A brief history of Linux

                     Understanding Distributions

                     Linux Programs that every Scientist should know about

16:00-16:10: Coffee break and biscuits

16:10-17:30: Hands-on and Q&A Session

17:30:           Closing Remarks

Up to 10 Computers will be available to use in the library but feel free to bring your own laptop with VMware installed and your favourite Linux distribution downloaded. If you are interested in the the 2nd part please book in advanced so I have an idea of how many will attend.

The introductory lecture and hands-on session will be delivered by physics student Alex Manuel. Further support during the hands-on session will be provided by Dr Graham Spink and Dr Theodoros Papadopoulos, University of Chester.

The organisers are grateful for support from the Institute of Physics (North Wales and Cheshire Centre), Seaborne Library, and the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Chester.

Organised By
IOP North Wales and Cheshire Centre
Date/Time
03 Mar 2020 15:00 to 17:30
Location
Seaborne Library
Parkgate Road
Chester
Cheshire
UK
CH1 4BJ
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