A Linux Foundation
This comprehensive two-day course
aims to equip the novice Linux user with all the
skills necessary to navigate the system and make
productive use of the tools available, including
the Windows systems, the vi editor and essential
Linux commands. It also forms the necessary
foundation for subsequent Linux courses.
Our Linux courses are suitable
training for Linux LPI or RedHat
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OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSE
A foundation course to get trainees
confident in day-to-day Linux use. This course
provides all the knowledge that applications
users will need and forms a good grounding for
the power user or administrator who will go on
to take other courses.
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for groups of four to ten.
INTENSITY: About 30% of the
course is practicals, and 70% lectures.
RESOURCE: Each student will
have exclusive use of a Linux workstation for
the duration of the course. Each student will be
provided with a full set of training notes
relating to the course, and quick reference
cards to assist with file editing and Linux
PREREQUISITES: This course
is suitable for new computer users and those who
are using Linux for the first time. Previous
experience with an interactive computer system
is desirable but not essential. If you have
previous experience of any other version(s) of
Unix (e.g. Solaris), the follow up courses
described in the next paragraph may be more
appropriate. Please call for advice if in doubt.
FOLLOW UPS: First
Alternative offers a number of Linux courses. A
natural follow-up to this Introduction course
would be the Linux Utilities and Shell
Programming (suitable for those who wish
to become proficient with Linux utilities and
Bash shell programming) course. If you are
responsible for looking after day-to-day
administration, then we can offer Linux System
Administration (Part 1) and Linux System
Administration (Part 2) courses.
We also offer many Internet /
Intranet courses such as:
Programming and other
PRACTICALS / TAKEAWAYS: Each
student leaves the course with their own set of
training notes for the material covered; around
120 pages per day of training.
|Every student who attends
this course will be issued with a signed
certificate of course completion, which we
will be happy to "authenticate" upon
|On this course, we hand out
a number of quick reference sheets to each
student on subjects such as vi and Linux
The examples from this course are
available (via the internet) to students
who have attended.
SOFTWARE VERSIONS: This
course is suitable for Linux on any platforms.
We use the CentOS and Redhat versions of Linux.
COURSE PROFILES: During the
course, the student will learn from many
practical examples written for this course and
supplied in the manual. For ease of use during
and after the course, we have provided these
TOPICS COVERED ON THE COURSE
What are Linux and Unix? Advantages and
disadvantages. Basic command examples. Other
versions of Unix. Future of Linux. Availability,
licensing and support.
Logging in and out. Keyboard basics. Files,
directories and path names. Creating and
examining files. Effective use of directories.
Moving, copying and removing files. Basic system
password security. Documentation and the man
command. Common problems.
The vi editor
Invoking vi. Insert and Append. Moving around
the text. Deleting text. Change operators. Other
insert operators. Searching for text. Search and
replace. Saving and quitting.
The next stage
Introduction to Linux shells. Bash shell
interaction. Re-direction and piping. Shell
metacharacters. The history mechanism, and
command line editing facilities. The shell
quoting mechanism. Setting up and using aliases.
Process control. More complex copying and
moving. Protecting files and directories. Shell
variables and setting up the environment.
Environment variables. Introduction to Linux
utilities such as grep, gawk, sort and find.
A guide to the window Managers available under
Linux. Graphical login, and starting windows
from the command line. An examination of the
major tools available. Front Panel, File
Managers, and the Help system. Other useful
window utilities and tools. Customising the
Workspace and setting basic user preferences.
Introduction to networking
Introduction to network concepts. Ethernet
overview. Network basic commands (including
logging in to other machines). Network File
System (NFS) - overview, benefits and uses. Web
browsers and web servers technical overview.