Most 6th form computing students have heard of Linux, many have tried it a bit, some significantly more, but few have been exposed to its true power. Meanwhile computing syllabi teach about command line interfaces, often portraying them as old fashioned or a fall-back for when resources are scarce. In truth the Linux/UNIX Command Line Interface is not merely an arcane relic, but a liberating and empowering environment for clever users, and is likely to remain so forever.
Our Linux workshops offer hands-on tasters designed to inspire students who might never otherwise have the opportunity to feel that power - a truly mind broadening experience.
The workshop is led by Dr. John Latham, a java programming specialist and Linux user and enthusiast. Workshop details
- Delegates will undertake a number of tasks including:
- Sending an email to all other delegates, without using an email client or web browser, nor having to type their addresses.
- Developing a shell pipeline designed to count the different words in an essay, and storing this in a script for future use.
- Obtaining information from the web without using a web browser.
- Producing documents via the LaTeX document system, including ones generated by a script.
- Building a web site of photos, including the task of renaming a huge number of image files systematically without needing to deal with them one at time.
Delegates will work in one of our Linux Computer laboratories, following a script and will be assisted as required by postgraduate demonstrators and staff from the School and IBM. Teachers, especially computing and maths teachers, are more than welcome to take part.
|Semester 2 Workshops|
|Time||13:00 - 16:00|
|Location||The School of Computer Science, Kilburn Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL (no. 39 on the Campus Map)|
|Capacity||Around 40 delegates including students and teachers, limited to 20 spaces per school/college. If your group exceeds 20 please contact us and we will work out a solution|
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