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further developing Windows shell setup instructor guidance #1024

kempjd opened this issue Aug 31, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Aug 31, 2019

In working with students using the shell, Windows setups are always a slight challenge and the landscape of tools continues to evolve.

I recommend refreshing the overview of Windows tools to be more current, especially as instructors are advised to test them in advance of teaching and stay on top of this changing landscape.

For example:

  • msysGit has been superseded by Git for Windows;

  • the Software Carpentries Windows Installer has utility but seems less accessible for beginners and does not appears as actively developed;

  • alternative and unadvertised tools like MobaXterm have obvious shortcomings (limiting license, outsized features) but will also be particularly advantageous to some students who plan to continue on to other lessons or Carpentries, and it is also the recommended terminal tool in select Carpentries lessons (High-Performance Computing Carpentry, still in development).

I also recommend suggesting that, when appropriate for their audiences, instructors also consider testing Mac and Linux environments, even though shell functionality within these operating systems seems more routine and stable. This would help further empower an instructor to deal with setup issues to ensure efficient management of student shell setups and avoid encroachment upon class time.


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commented Sep 10, 2019

Hi, I don't believe any of the maintainers are windows users, so we're a bit limited in being able to rewrite that part of the lesson.

We welcome contributions to improve things :)

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