Author: Alex Language: text
Description: Linux Mint and College Timestamp: 2020-02-04 16:42:58 +0000
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  1. Hi Chris,
  3. I am a university professor and plan on organizing a new course for my students this fall (so excited! this is bringing my hobby and daily driver to the classroom). The title will be something along "INTRODUCTION TO LINUX AND OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE IN GEOSCIENCES:
  5. Some of these students have never used or installed linux before. I used Ubuntu for many years, then last year I switched to Debian, then back now on Ubuntu and Pop_OS.
  7. This summer I had some fun time distro hopping, I tried Ubuntu and Kubuntu 18.04, 18.10, 19.04, open suse, fedora, kde neon, and finally linux mint 19.1. After this experience, I switched to linux mint for few weeks. My main reason was that I needed a distro based on ubuntu/debian (my habit on command line), needed libraries in ubuntu 18.04 for a software we develop, and finally I need the ability to use the same kernel as ubuntu 19.04 (due to trackpad problems with a lenovo carbon x1 after suspend, that pretty much sucked)
  9. I have to say, the linux mint distro is the easiest for newbies, for example installing dropbox, skype and mendeley desktop can be done with one click in the software center. The backup and system snapshots option is so fast and easy, it has been year I have not done a conventional backup, now I am really motivated to do so. Also, I could upgrade to linux kernel 5.0 and fix my trackpad issue with one click. My only worry, is that I am responsible for introducing these students the world of linux and open source software. I have knowledge about the shortcomings of the underlying linux mint system and security, I would rather use another distro and love the kde desktop. However, mint has been the easiest distro so far, the desktop is nice and it is quite stable. + there is a nice walk-trough window at the beginning of the install besides the perks I mentioned above. I want to impress these students... I love using linux and it is much better for me and in science overall than windows or mac, which I have used in my other life.
  11. Questions:
  12. - Do you guys think Linux mint is the way to go for them or am I setting them up for failing on the long-term?
  13. - Do you or the listeners would have a good reference/link with a great synopsis explaining linux, distros, desktop environments, and open source without overwhelming them with information?
  14. - Finally, any linux academy courses you could recommend for me to refresh some key concepts about linux for intermediate.
  16. Here is my planned course description:
  18. This seminar based course aims at giving the students the tools necessary to effectively conduct and organize their research using Linux and open source software. The course is subdivided into four parts. Part 1 covers introduction to Linux, the command line, scripts and open source software. Part 2 covers the preparation of scientific manuscripts including text organization, bibliography, figures, tables and scientific data visualization. Part 3 covers an introduction to basic scientific programming (plots, fits and data analysis) using python and the jupyter notebook environment. Part 4 covers the LaTex typesetting system for the production and publication of technical and scientific reports and preparation of your thesis.
  20. Course objectives
  21.     • Gain a working knowledge of Linux and open source software including graphical user interface and basic command line operations.
  22.     • Learn how to organize and prepare high-quality scientific reports and manuscripts (text, figures and tables) using available modern free and open source software.
  23.     • Learn basic python and scientific programming skills for data analysis, fitting and visualization.
  24.     • Introduce student to the LaTex typesetting system.
  26. sorry for the long email, keep up the great work!
  28. cheers,
  30. Alex
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