The course recognizes only two kinds of computers: Macs and PCs. Since I use Linux machines almost exclusively, I have had to learn to cope with this view of the world. It’s pretty popular among the general population. But not for developers usually. It feels especially odd here since MongoDB is probably running on more Linux machines in the world right now than all other machines combined.
Fortunately, installing MongoDB on my laptop running Ubuntu was dead simple
Ubuntu 13.10 has MongoDB 2.4.6, which is pretty up-to-date (the latest is 2.4.8). For this course, MongoDB 2.2 or newer will suffice. Note that Ubuntu 12.04 (the most recent LTS) supplies MongoDB 2.0. This lacks the aggregation framework, so it would not be sufficient for this course.
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