First Look at Unix (and blogging actually)

I’m taking Intro to Unix this semester and one of the optional assignments is to write a blog both about our experience with Unix as well as our experience with the class. I’ve been wanting to get into blogging so I jumped on this optional project. Being as I’m new to both Unix and blogging, please bear with me through this learning experience.

My exposure to Unix has been very limited. I first started learning about it this summer actually. During my internship, I had some down time between projects where I attempted to study several things that have interested me and I feel like would be beneficial to learn, such as Java, video editing, HTML, CSS, etc. My mentor suggested that I should also take a look at Unix and learn some of the commands. So I did. I checked out some online tutorials and he opened a shell for me to play around in. I was pretty impressed with Unix, but I honestly haven’t touched it since.

So now I’m in Intro to Unix. I guess it’s time to start learning again! A couple days ago I got Ubuntu on my machine. I’ve never used MAC’s or Linux before so there are definitely some differences that a Windows user like me has to get used to. First off, I would like to say that putting the “exit/close” button on the left side and not the right is just cruel and unusual punishment! I may never get used to that. In all seriousness though, I was pretty surprised at how “pretty” Ubuntu was aesthetically. For some reason I had an idea in my head that it would look like a more primitive version of windows with just a terminal and a few gooey applications. It looks pretty good though!

Now that I have Ubuntu installed and am ready to get started, I’m pretty excited to see what we are going to do with it! It’s also always great to add another tool to your toolbox!