If you’re new to the empowering world of Unix and would like to dive in, you should start with checking out why learning Unix is valuable and run through the 5 short tutorials that comprise the Unix crash course. Other than that, feel free to check out the other pages under the Unix pull-down menu above and listed below 🙂
Here are some terms that are often used interchangeably – not because it’s important to remember them or any differences (it’s not for most of us), but just to have them laid out somewhere.
|Term||What it is|
||what we use to talk to the computer; anything where we are pointing and clicking with a mouse is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) shell; something with text only is a Command Line Interface (CLI) shell|
||a text-based environment capable of taking input and providing output|
||a family of operating systems (we also use the term “Unix-like” because one of the most popular operating systems derived from Unix is specifically named as not being Unix)|
||the most common programming language used at a Unix command-line|
- Unix crash course
- An introduction to Scripting
- An introduction to Conda
- What the heck is my PATH, and how do I get it to do what I want?
- Accessing data from NCBI at the command line with EDirect
- Why is this all worth it? (Some everyday examples)
- Help installing tools (this section is now pretty much happily obselete thanks to conda 🙂)
- Other great resources