= LAB OBJECTIVES =
advance of this lab, you will install a current distribution of Linux to be used as a host machine. You will NOT be required to setup Virtual Machines for this lab ( that will be covered in a future lab). You will then setup your Python scripting environment on your host machine, including the setup the of '''python''' libraries and also the setup of a user-friendly interactive Python environment called '''ipython'''. You will also install additional framework tools (such as '''git''', '''vim''', and '''tmux''') to be used in later labs.
:After selecting an appropriate text editor to use, then you will start to create '''Python''' scripts to learn basic operations such as: '''printing text''', '''using objects''', and performing '''math operations'''.