Get Linux the easy way

Our LinuxDays are a series of events designed to introduce Linux to beginners and help those who already have it enhance their knowledge. They are created mainly for users of other operating systems who want to discover and/or eventually switch to Linux. We start all the way from the bottom and guide you on your way up to a safer and more comfortable digital lifestyle.

In our courses, we cover philosophical aspects as well as technical content. Users already familiar to Linux can jump in at any time to learn more about the wonders of Linux and Free Software. During our Install Events, we will personally assist you in installing Linux on your laptop. Don't worry - of course you can keep your existing OS and additionally use Linux if you want to.

After visiting our courses, you will not only have an easy-to-use and efficient operating system on your computer, but also know how to get the best out of it and find more information on your own in case you are enticed with Linux. You don't have to worry about the limits and costs of proprietary software anymore.

All students of Zürich may attend our events for free. In consideration of international participants, all courses are held in English.
Interested? Scroll down to see what our events are about...

Notice: If you cannot sign up for some reason, come anyway! We will have enrollment sheets ready.

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Introduction to Free Software

08.03.16 | 17:15-19:00 | UZH KOL G 204

We explain the difference between Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and proprietary software and elaborate on why these differences matter. Furthermore, we give a historical background to Linux and explain why using Free Software and open formats is important. Learn how you can get full control over your data!

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Introduction to Linux (course)

10.03.16 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG D 1.1

Now that you know the ethical advantages of Free Software, learn about the structure of Linux, its most important concepts and the comfort accompanying them. Discover different flavours of Linux and get a feeling which one would be for you.

Note that due to high demand, we have moved this course to a larger auditorium.

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Install Events (hands-on)

Event 1: 15.03.16 | 17:30-20:00 | ETH HG E 22
Event 2: 17.03.16 | 17:30-20:00 | ETH HG E 33.1

Interested? Then get started with Linux by installing it on your computer. Of course, we'll help you: bring your laptop and charger to one of the two Install Events and we will personally assist you with the installation of Linux as well as with your first steps and basic customization. You can choose to keep your existing operating system and install Linux next to it. Still, it's important to back up your data before you come, just to be on the safe side.

Linux Heroes: Already an experienced Linux user? If you would like to assist during the events, please get in touch with us.

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The Linux Toolkit (course)

22.03.16 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG D 1.2

Now that you have your Linux system up and running, we will introduce you to the tools you need to master it. Don't worry, we will start from scratch— no previous knowledge is required. We will explain the basics in a nutshell and get you familiar with the console. You will feel comfortable with it in no time!

Note that due to high demand, we have moved this course to a larger auditorium.

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Unleash the Power of Linux (course)

23.03.16 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG D 1.2

So you can use your Linux now, but what of it? We will show a few applications where Linux provides particularly simple and elegant solutions to specific IT problems. You will be amazed how swiftly Linux can solve many common computer tasks you previously used to waste your time with. This course builds on what you have learned in 'The Linux Toolkit' and shows you how to use your computer efficiently, solving problems rather than fighting them.

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Linux for experts (course)

04.04.16 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG D 3.2

This course is aimed at more experienced Linux users. We cover various advanced topics that you may not know about yet. This year, we will teach you about:

Tiling Window Managers

Tiling Window Managers allow you to control your graphical interface using your keyboard in a more intuitive way. They are highly configurable, and there are many different implementations out there. We will show you a selection of them, to help you find the Window Manager that best fits your needs.
Once you learn how to use them, Tiling Window Managers can have a great impact on your productivity. Have a look at them, and find a complete new way of controlling your device!

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Community meetings (Stammtische)

Linux is not just software—there's a huge community associated to it. Linux users tend to be philosophical, social and dedicated to their passions. In brief: there are plenty of highly interesting people who gather when a Linux community comes together. Come have a beer with us, enjoy great discussions, get help with your computer or further broaden your horizon.

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Join the team!

As a member of TheAlternative you are part of a highly engaged, competent and friendly team that shares its passion in Linux. We are a diverse group that unites many different personalities and philosophies. With us you can have active debates and still be friends. Don't have much time? Don't worry, just show up whenever it fits you best. The only duty you have as a member is to notify us when you want to leave TheAlternative. To become part of us, just send us an e-mail.

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