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.

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...

Not a student? If you cannot sign up in the Compicampus portal, just send us an e-mail. And if you can't make it to our LinuxDays, check out the public Linux Presentation Days that take place at around the same time in Zurich.

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Introduction to Free Software

01.10.18 | 17:15-19:00 | UZH KOL F 117

Discover the differences between Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and proprietary software, and find out why these differences matter. This captivating lecture will provide you with information about the advantages of Free Software licenses, as well as show you the historical background of the Linux kernel. Additionally, we show why Free Software and Open Data is important even beyond the world of Linux.

Learn how you can regain full control over your data!

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Introduction to Linux

03.10.18 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG E 5

Now that you know the ethical advantages of Free Software, in this course you will learn about a wide family of free operating systems based on the Linux kernel, as well as some of the most useful software tools available for them.

Find out how easy to use and yet powerful Linux systems are, discover their advantages when compared to other operating systems, and get to understand their basic structure and most important concepts. Furthermore, discover different flavours of Linux and get a feeling for which distribution and desktop environment would be the right match for you.

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Install Events (hands-on)

Event 1: 10.10.18 | Begin: 17:30 | End: 22:00 | HG F33.1, HG F33.4, HG F33.5
Event 2: 12.10.18 | Begin: 17:30 | End: 22:00 | HG F33.1, HG F33.4, HG F33.5

Due to a last-second change in reservations, the rooms shown on the flyers are wrong!

Did we wake your interest? 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.

Note that you can sign up in one of 4 time slots each day. You may of course stay longer than the indicated time should we encounter issues with installing Linux on your laptop.

Important Note:
Microsoft Surface (all versions), Apple MacBook Pros (after Oct. 2016) and Apple MacBooks (12" model) are not well supported by Linux due to hardware restrictions, and we do not recommend installing Linux on those devices. If you intend to buy a new laptop to install Linux on, stay away from these devices altogether.

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 Console Toolkit

Part 1: 15.10.18 | 17:15 - 19:00 | HG D 3.2
Part 2: 17.10.18 | 17:15 - 19:00 | HG D 3.2

Now that you have your Linux system up and running, it's time to make the best out of it. Learn how to utilize the console and work towards mastering it in this two-part course. We will start with the basics, and present you some useful terminal applications designed to simplify your workflow. Furthermore, you may directly solidify the abilities you learn by solving short exercises.

This way, you will feel comfortable with using the console in no time!

Important note:
This is a two-part course, so make sure you sign up for both!
Also, remember to bring your Linux laptop in order to follow along with the examples and solve the exercises.

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Bash Workshop (hands-on)

22.10.18 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG D3.2

Take your new abilities a step further: Learn how you can use Bash to program simple scripts that can save you a lot of work. Bash is a scripting language that is designed to interact with other programs and your system easily. Whether you want to backup your newest files to a hard drive or quickly download a lot of PDFs—with Bash, you can do it at a keystroke.

Note that we highly recommend visiting "The Console Toolkit" if you have no prior experience with the Linux terminal.

You are required to bring your own Linux laptop to work on. If that is not possible for you, please contact us and we will try to help you out.

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Spotlight:

Container Orchestration with Kubernetes

24.10.18 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG D 3.2

(Guest Talk by Beekeeper AG)

Docker has revolutionized the way we work at Beekeeper AG. It allows us to easily deploy our software and gives us a strong guarantee that the container images we build and run locally are identical to the ones we deploy to production. However, this is only half the story. When using docker in production you run into a number of problems almost immediately. For example, how do we know our containers are healthy and running? Is the latest version deployed? How can we perform upgrades without impacting our customers?

In order to solve these orchestration issues, Google created Kubernetes, an open-source system for automating deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications. In this workshop we will cover its basics concepts and take you through all the steps you need to follow in order to get your applications running on Kubernetes.

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Virtual Computers for Real Life Tasks

25.10.18 | 17:15-19:00 | ETH HG E 5

Did you ever want to run two operating systems on the same computer simultaneously? Install Windows or a different Linux distro temporarily without the need to wipe your current OS from your laptop? Or emulate a Raspberry Pi or other platforms on your home PC? Do you want to build and test virtual "hardware" devices by yourself, without needing a multi-billion dollar manufacturing facility to produce them? Do you want to find out how huge companies can build an infrastructure with close to zero hardware malfunctions? Or do you just want to feel like the Architect from The Matrix?

All of this you can do by using open source tools on your Linux machine! Come to the talk about Virtual Computers for Real-Life Scenarios, for an overview, and some hands-on experience!

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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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