Navigating bash and UNIX environments -- Akos, Mitch, and Matthias

January 31, 2017 at 5-6:30pm in BIDS, 190 Doe Library


System requirements

Do you have a Mac? Open the Terminal app. You’re done.

Do you run Linux? Open your computer. You’re done.

Do you run Windows? See next section.

How to get bash or a Unix-like environment on Windows

  1. Install Git Bash. (Instructions copied from here.)

Download the Git for Windows installer. Run the installer and follow the steps bellow:

This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.

  1. Run Linux on a virtual machine, e.g., VirtualBox, or in a container, e.g., Docker.

  2. Run Linux from an external USB storage device, e.g., live USB instructions for Ubuntu.

  3. If you don’t want to do any of that

    • Open a bash terminal at
    • If you have a GitHub account and can use ssh, provides 2 hours free server time. Set that up by yourself though.

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