Introduction to Linux | Linux Essentials JumpStart

Explore Core Skills for Daily Tasks Users Perform using Linux



3 Days

Course Overview

Introduction to Linux is a 3-day, hands-on course that provides attendees with an essentials-level foundation in core skills for using any version of Linux.  This course focuses on basic skills that ordinary users might use daily when working with Linux. 

Course Objectives

This skills-focused course is about 50% lab to lecture ratio, combining expert instructor-led discussions with practical hands-on labs that emphasize current techniques, best practices and standards.

Working in a hands-on lab environment, guided by our expert practitioner, attendees will explore:

  • The Design of Linux
  • Basic Operations
  • File System Basics
  • Wildcards
  • File and Directory Permissions
  • Working with files
  • Executing Programs
  • Using find
  • Filters and other useful commands
  • The vi editor
  • Customizing the user environment
  • Networking/Communications
  • Backups and archiving

Need different skills or topics?  If your team requires different topics or tools, additional skills or custom approach, this course may be further adjusted to accommodate.  We offer additional Unix, Linux, Scripting, administration, networking, programming, database and other related courses which may be blended with this course for a track that best suits your learning objectives.

Course Prerequisites

This is an introductory-level course, designed for anyone wanting to learn Linux. Attendees should be comfortable working with computers and the command line, but no other specific skills are required to attend.

Please see the Related Courses tab for specific Pre-Requisite courses, Related Courses that offer similar skills or topics, and next-step Learning Path recommendations.



Related Courses | UNIX/Linux Essentials Training Suite


  • TTLX2103: Introduction to Linux Basics | Linux Essentials JumpStart – 3 days
  • TTLX2105: Introduction to UNIX/Linux Fundamentals with Shell Scripting – 5 days
  • TTLXSYSADM5: Linux System Administration – 5 days

Course Agenda

Please note that this list of topics is based on our standard course offering, evolved from typical industry uses and trends. We’ll work with you to tune this course and level of coverage to target the skills you need most.

  1. The Design of Linux
  • A brief history of Linux
  • The Linux design philosophy
  • Linux architecture
  1. Basic Operations
  • Logging in and out
  • The general form of a Linux command
  • Common commands
  • Using man pages
  • Essential commands
  1. File System Basics
  • The Linux directory structure
  • Standard directories
  • Relative and absolute pathnames
  • Legal file names
  • Navigating the filesystem
  1. Wildcards
  • Matching one character
  • Matching many characters
  • Shortcuts
  • Wildcard gotchas
  • Wildcards and ls
  1. File and Directory Permissions
  • Viewing permissions
  • File permissions
  • Directory permissions
  • Setting defaults
  • Changing permissions
  • Keeping data secure
  1. Working with files
  • Viewing contents
  • Identifying file contents
  • Copying and moving
  • Deleting
  • Using symbolic links
  1. Executing Programs
  • Redirecting STDOUT
  • Redirecting STDERR
  • Redirecting STDIN
  • Creating pipelines
  • Processes attributes
  • Listing processes
  • Killing processes
  • Foreground & background processes
  1. Using find
  • Syntax
  • Finding by name, type, or size
  • Combining tests
  • Finding by size, owner, or timestamps
  • Using xargs with find
  • Other find options
  1. Filters and other useful commands
  • What is a filter?
  • cat: a generic filter
  • head and tail
  • grep
  • sort
  • wc
  • other interesting filters
  1. The vi editor
  • Why vi?
  • Basic vi operations: navigating, adding, deleting
  • Advanced operations: buffer management, search and replace, configuration options
  1. Customizing the user environment
  • About shells
  • Shell startup files
  • Shell variables
  • Search path
  • Aliases
  • Simple shell scripts
  1. Networking/Communications
  • Reading and sending mail
  • Remote login
  • Remote file transfer
  • Other network utilities (ping, finger, etc)
  1. Backups and archiving
  • Checking space used or available
  • Creating tar archives
  • Viewing and extracting files from archives
  • Compression utilities
  • Working with windows

Course Materials

Course Materials: Each student will receive a Student Guide with course notes, code samples, software tutorials, step-by-step written lab instructions, diagrams and related reference materials and links (as applicable). Students will also receive the project files (or code, if applicable) and solutions required for the hands-on work.

Lab Setup Made Simple.   All course labs and solutions, data sets, Tableau course software (limited version, for course use only), detailed courseware, lab guides and resources (as applicable) are provided for attendees in our easy access, no installation required, remote lab environment for the duration of the course. Our tech team will help set up, test and verify lab access for each attendee prior to the course start date, ensuring a smooth start to class and successful hands-on course experience for all participants. 

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