Linux Demystified (Tue, Sept 15, 2009)

Attentive attendees listen to "Linux Demystified", the inaugural seminar of the 2009-2010 school year.

Thanks to everyone who came to the talk. We had a great turnout, and we hope everyone had as great of a time as we did. Feel free to download our complimentary PDF of the slides. Also, if you'd like to get your own copy of Ubuntu, go ahead and download the free (yep, free as in free beer) Ubuntu desktop CD image.

A few reasons you should care about Linux:

* Interested in being a serious hacker? Dive into the tool used by the pros and learn what it takes. Catch expert tips and tricks to be up and running in minutes. Linux is the OS you want -- no, need -- to run to disassemble binaries, debug code, host websites, and build killer apps.

* Hate Microsoft? Apple isn't much better? There is a third option, and it's free and easy to use. See the light and you may never turn back.

* Interested in human nature? Come learn about arguably the most successful collective action effort in the history of the world. Didn't think anything could come out of dispersed worldwide team working for little or no pay? We'll show you a counterexample.

* Taking CS 50? You'll be using Linux for all of your psets anyway. Optimal strategy is to conquer Linux now rather than be conquered later.

No previous Linux experience required. Recommended especially for students in CS50. This event is the first in the 2009-2010 HCS Seminar Series. Sponsored by CS50.

Speakers: Greg Brockman ( and Andy Brody (

The HCS seminar series provides an open forum for members of the Harvard community to speak about topics in computers, technology, and the universe in general. See for an up-to-the-minute schedule of talks. Interested in giving a seminar? Submit a brief description of your talk at, or email us at

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