Intro to Linux

February 21, 2019 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Assembly Row Training Room 2W23, 399 Revolution Drive, Somerville, MA 02145


Course Description
The Scientific Computing team is offering an Introduction to Linux course to familiarize researchers with our working environment. Many of the services we provide for investigators to take advantage of the powerful capabilities of the Linux OS. This is an opportunity for new users to familiarize with the basic Linux environment and learn how to work on the ERISOne Linux Cluster. This class will provide a hands-on session.


  • Why Linux: Linux Philosophy.
  • Basic vocabulary
  • Graphical Interface: Linux on ERISOne the Remote Linux Desktop and Graphical applications.
  • Command Line: Basic operations, view and modify text files, more complex commands and wildcards.
  • How to find documentation, the man pages.
  • Connect and transfer files: ssh, scp.
  • Groups and Permissions: The ROOT user, startup files, environment variables, file ownership.
  • Running scripts

This course is designed for individuals with no knowledge of Linux or those who want to improve their basic knowledge and familiarize with the ERISOne environment.


  1. Bring a laptop, either Windows or Mac.
  2. Request an ERISOne account in advance. Please fill the form ERISOne Account Request Form.
  3. Install the NoMachine Enterprise Client. Please find Instructions in the KnowledgeBase.
  4. If you have a Windows laptop please also install putty.
  5. To connect to the WiFi in the Assembly Row training room, your laptop must have "SecureConnector" installed. Visit our SecureConnector information page for instructions on setting it up.

Series Information

  • Intro to Linux - February 21, 2019 from 3-5p.m. REGISTER
  • Intermediate Linux - March 07, 2019 from 3-5p.m. REGISTER 
  • Intro to the ERISOne Linux Cluster - April 02, 2019 from 3-5p.m. - registration opens March 2019 
  • Intermediate ERISOne Linux Cluster - May 02, 2019 from 3-5p.m. - registration opens March 2019