Getting started

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Installing Linux on your computer is easier than you may think!

  1. Pick a distribution.
  2. Install it:
  3. Join LUG@UCLA!
  4. Learn about free software.

Using Linux for various classes at UCLA

Department Class Using Linux Instructions Notes
Computer Science 131 very helpful none VM image not provided. Most likely will need to use Cygwin.
Computer Science 118 helpful none VM image provided, but not necessary.
Electrical Engineering 102 annoying none Use GNU Octave instead of MATLAB. Extra package needed for sound.
Electrical Engineering 103 irrelevant none Use GNU Octave instead of MATLAB.
Computer Science 143 helpful none VM image provided, but not necessary.
Computer Science 111 helpful none Must use VM image provided, or SEASnet Linux servers.

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