Intro to Linux

Etsy Labs - 55 Washington St. Ste 712 Brooklyn - View Map Girl Develop It NYC
Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)

About this event

Welcome to our first Linux workshop! This class will pilot a longer series of courses to launch in the Winter if there's interest. For now, the workshop will be a chance to learn about the Linux OS, CLI (command line interfaces), and generally more about computer and software operations.

We'll provide the space, and a fun curriculum. Bring your laptop and join us!

The workshop will include:

• A tour through computer hardware components, the Linux desktop and associated GUI tools

• Basic and advanced exercises in Terminal commands, operations, and processes 

• A taste of shell scripting if there's time!

This class is 3 hours, priced at $35.00, and designed for all levels of experience so be sure to include how familiar you are with Linux in your RSVP so we can best plan the class that's right for you!

There is one prerequisite: please bring your own laptop with Linux already installed and set up. A common and recommended way to use Linux on your laptop is to install it on a USB flash drive and boot up your laptop from the flash drive. That way, you're running Linux safely in isolation, without messing with the OS that's already on your laptop.

UNetbootin (  is a friendly tool for creating a bootable Linux flash drive. We've put more detailed instructions in dropbox (link).

There are many different kinds of Linux (called "distros" or distributions). We recommend Ubuntu, a Linux designed for popular use. Any recent version, such as 14.04, is fine.

Please allow yourself plenty of lead time to get Linux up and running on your laptop, and contact us for help if you get stuck.

Lastly, if you're feeling adventurous and you want to use a different kind of Linux, or install it directly on your computer and dual-boot it with Mac or Windows, feel free. Any popular Linux variant will suffice for this class.

About The Teachers:

Yash Parghi is a software engineer at Etsy. He got into programming by writing music and choose-your-own-adventure games in QBASIC, and now he likes teaching programming as an amazing creative tool. He settled on professional development somewhere around his 3rd or 4th job.

Bethany Macri is an engineer at Etsy and teaches our Python course. :) She'll be on deck as a teaching assistant for this class. 


Wednesday, Sep 17
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)


Etsy Labs
55 Washington St. Ste 712 Brooklyn