Open Source Comes to Campus/CCSF/Laptop setup

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[edit] Goal #1: install an IRC client

IRC is a real-time chat protocol that open source projects often use to talk about the project and as a medium for users and developers to help each other.

Note from within CCSF wireless, IRC is blocked by the network administrators. So you should use this web chat link instead.

Here’s a nice summary of basic irc commands:

To test your IRC client or the freenode webchat connection, say hello on #openhatch on

[edit] Goal #2: practice navigating from the command line

Many of the tools of open source development are primarily used via the command line. Let's get some practice with navigating the computer from the command line.

[edit] Goal #3: install git

Git is a popular revision control system that is used by many open source projects. We'll use it during this workshop.

[edit] Goal #4: create a GitHub account

GitHub is a popular Git repository hosting service used by many open source projects. We'll use it during this workshop.

[edit] Goal #5: practice using a plain text editor

Make sure you know how to use a plain text editor. We have some text editors that we recommend.

Our suggestions:

[edit] Goal #6: (optional) Practice the command line by learning about tar

In this step, you can work through a training mission intended to teach you about how open source projects use the tool tar to create and decompress collections of files.

To work through that, visit:

[edit] Success!

You are done with laptop setup!


Take a break, stretch, meet some neighbors, and ask the staff if you have any questions about this material.

[edit] Bonus material

Here are some things you can do once laptop setup is over:

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