Linux is a great environment for Computer Science students to learn how things really work, underneath the icons, tiles, and animations of modern graphical user interfaces.
There are many flavors of Linux. This document describes using the “Fedora” flavor because that is what is run internally in the Computer Science Department at Rochester.
There are several ways that you can run Linux yourself:
gccand whatever other tools you want, or see below for local options.
“Docker provides operating-system-level virtualization [...] to allow independent ‘containers’ to run within a single Linux instance, avoiding the overhead of starting and maintaining virtual machines.8” (Wikipedia)
Getting Started with Docker
You will need to use the command shell (“terminal”) to confiugure and run docker.
We have built a docker image based on Fedora linux and containing
emacs, as well as manpages. You can download it from here:
Once you have installed Docker, load the image to create the
fedora-gcc image in your Docker installation:
docker load -i fedora-gcc-docker.tgz
Then you can do, for example:
docker run -it --rm -v "`pwd`":/home -w /home fedora-gcc bashThis runs
bash(the command shell) using the
-itoption means to run interactively;
--rmtells Docker to remove the container when the process exits;
-vand the bit with the colon says to make your current working directory (outside docker) available on
/homewithin docker; and
-wtells docker to make
/homethe initial working directory for the
You can do a lot with Docker. You'll have to read the docs but it's a great option.
New procedure Fall 2018!
Visit accounts.csug.rochester.edu and enter your NetID and password.
If you were on the roster of an upper-level CSC course, you will be provided with the credentials for your CSUG account. If you were not on the roster at the time the accounts were created, you will be prompted to enter some information and the staff will be notified of the missing account. Once the staff can verify via the BlackBoard course roster that the student belongs in the course, an account will be created and the user will be notified.
Any questions about CSUG machine accounts: email@example.com