The most widely used way to interact with computers is through a graphical user interface, for example, the desktop interface of Microsoft Windows or Mac OS. However, you can also use a text interface to interact with your computer (or with a computing system like Hoffman2). This can variously be referred to as the command line, terminal, shell, console, or prompt, and while it may appear complex at first sight, it offers a lot of power and flexibility for telling the computer what to do. This workshop will introduce you to the command line and walk you through a variety of fundamental concepts and commands. The command line is available in many operating systems, though here we’ll use Linux. No prior knowledge is assumed. By the end, you will hopefully be much more comfortable when you have to use the command line.
If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact the instructor Ben Winjum.