Introduction to Linux

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Develop a good working knowledge of Linux using both the graphical interface and command line, covering the major Linux distribution families.

Linux powers 94% of the world’s supercomputers, most of the servers powering the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide and a billion Android devices. In short, Linux is everywhere. It appears in many different architectures, from mainframes to server to desktop to mobile and on a staggeringly wide variety of hardware.

Moreover, 97 percent of hiring managers reported that they will prioritize hiring Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months, and 44 percent of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification.

This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designe...

Develop a good working knowledge of Linux using both the graphical interface and command line, covering the major Linux distribution families.

Linux powers 94% of the world’s supercomputers, most of the servers powering the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide and a billion Android devices. In short, Linux is everywhere. It appears in many different architectures, from mainframes to server to desktop to mobile and on a staggeringly wide variety of hardware.

Moreover, 97 percent of hiring managers reported that they will prioritize hiring Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months, and 44 percent of hiring managers saying they’re more likely to hire a candidate with Linux certification.

This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or Enterprise environment.

Upon completion of this training you should have a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions. You will be able to continue your progress as either a user, system administrator or developer using the acquired skill set.

Join the 250,000+ students who are already enrolled in this course and start your Linux journey.

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5/10 starsCompleted
  • 2 reviews
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5 years, 3 months ago
I enrolled in this course having some familiarity with Linux but not much. Like many others I had high hopes for this course. This course consists of just under 20 "chapters" covering the various aspects of Linux. However calling them chapters is a stretch. They could each probably be fit on less than 2 pages of paper. After going through the first few chapters I realized this course was very simple and almost unnecessary. For example, they had multiple videos on how to change the desktop background. (Hint: It's basically the same process as a windows computer.) The only graded work in the whole MOOC is the 30 question final exam. After the 4th "chapter" I decided to just skip to the exam because I couldn't stand the course. I passed rather easily despite not knowing anything about Linux servers or bash scripting. Overall I am disappointed in the course. I was expecting it to be challenging and much more in-depth. (That' not to say y... I enrolled in this course having some familiarity with Linux but not much. Like many others I had high hopes for this course. This course consists of just under 20 "chapters" covering the various aspects of Linux. However calling them chapters is a stretch. They could each probably be fit on less than 2 pages of paper. After going through the first few chapters I realized this course was very simple and almost unnecessary. For example, they had multiple videos on how to change the desktop background. (Hint: It's basically the same process as a windows computer.) The only graded work in the whole MOOC is the 30 question final exam. After the 4th "chapter" I decided to just skip to the exam because I couldn't stand the course. I passed rather easily despite not knowing anything about Linux servers or bash scripting. Overall I am disappointed in the course. I was expecting it to be challenging and much more in-depth. (That' not to say you wouldn't learn anything from it if you do take it.) In addition given that the verified certificate is $250, it appears that this course is more about making money than really teaching people. I am somewhat disappointed in edX for even offering it given their normal standard for a course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 9 months ago
We need a part 2, this knowledge is the core to many projects in the world. Its easy to access. Its harder to complete full trainee programs. So this would be best to publish content for everyone.
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3/10 stars
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2 years, 1 month ago
I would say that, this is an Introduction for Introduction. Content is very limited, it should be a blog post or intro video instead of full course.
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Ashish Kumar

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
Content was very well presented and documented for beginners and for those who are little bit familiar with the Linux.But the exam questions were way too easy for those who are familiar with the Linux world.Otherwise,it is an awesome course for any Linux newcomer.
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Samuel Ting

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 1 month ago
The simplicity of the course is designed for newbies in linux community. I believe that passing the exam is not the main focus, but the exercise IS. I strongly recommend every course student should follow the labs and exercise in the course material. I have been working as professional mobile apps developer for a several years and I find the course material is a good revision of basics in Linux environment. Some of the commands mentioned in this course are overlooked by me in the mist of busy workload. I spent 2 days in finishing this course and I find that I feel more confident in taking my coming LFS201 exam as well.
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Stephen Childs

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
I work as a Support Engineer for a RHEL based IPTV company and decided to take this course to make sure my skills were sharp for the LFCS test I have coming up from the LFS301 class I took a few months ago. I disagree with what a lot of people are saying about this class, specifically, the people that grew bored with the "simplicity" of the course. Yes, it is a bit simplistic in the beginning, as it makes no assumptions about having prior knowledge of the OS, however, the material is good for filling in any gaps in your knowledge, even as a Linux professional. I found a great deal of the material to be very useful as a refresher, such as the chapters about the file system structure logic and beginner to advanced BASH scripting techniques. If you feel like you already "know everything" and think that skipping ahead to the 30 question final exam is a good summary of the entire 40-60 hour class, then you are missing a great deal of the ... I work as a Support Engineer for a RHEL based IPTV company and decided to take this course to make sure my skills were sharp for the LFCS test I have coming up from the LFS301 class I took a few months ago. I disagree with what a lot of people are saying about this class, specifically, the people that grew bored with the "simplicity" of the course. Yes, it is a bit simplistic in the beginning, as it makes no assumptions about having prior knowledge of the OS, however, the material is good for filling in any gaps in your knowledge, even as a Linux professional. I found a great deal of the material to be very useful as a refresher, such as the chapters about the file system structure logic and beginner to advanced BASH scripting techniques. If you feel like you already "know everything" and think that skipping ahead to the 30 question final exam is a good summary of the entire 40-60 hour class, then you are missing a great deal of the important material that is contained within the later chapters and are doing yourself a disservice by making a huge assumption. If you feel like the material is too easy, skip ahead, and don't give up until you've skimmed each chapter at the very least. I found this course to be a very useful tool for brushing up on the basics that aren't covered in the more advanced material I encountered in LFS301, and after skimming through LFS101x as well, I now feel like I am fully prepared for the final LFCS exam for my certification. Thanks edX and Linux Foundation for this great free course that really fills in all the details you need to get started on your way to becoming a proficient Linux user, administrator, developer, etc.!
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Siqing Yu

8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
The course is indeed an introductory course, covering almost all aspects of Linux. It is a good intro for those who are not familiar with Linux at all, but not suitable for those who have some basic Linux skills.
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9/10 stars
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2 years, 1 month ago
LFS101x is an excellent in my opinion. Targeted at beginners, it covers all bases in a succinct and accurate way, although having to juggle between different distros and systems. Examples and use cases are very helpful, and clearly demonstrate the philosophy of Linux. Some minor not-anymore-valid commands do not subtract at all from a great course. Thank you for the free-tier and keep up the good work!
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sarath ch

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
Easy to understand and it explaining each and everything, good to brush up your basics for already worked professionals , I am interested in learning more from this site, It has 100% quality and I love doing more
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
The course was reasonable in scope and in length. The amount of time spent on bash scripting could have been better reflected in the exam. Overall, I can't say that I've mastered all the material, but I now know what *can* be done, and when push comes to shove I'll now know what to google to teach myself further. I've been using linux only for a few years now, but hadn't really had much reason to script. This course has been a good taste, and I will next pursue the LPIC-1 certification.
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jarod more

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 5 months ago
I really like it, easy to understand content lead you to understand Linux philosophy then how this OS works. Too easy for a reason: its an introduction to Linux!!! for more advanced courses read through edx.
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Drew Hucks

6/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 6 months ago
It was ok, but I expected more pictures. I really thought Diagrams and other such things could have really helped. I want to read books but have pictures in them and this was no exeption. The lack of pictures reminded me of reading a boring book but as I have said, I really wanted more pictures.
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Pieter de Bruin

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 7 months ago
I think the course is excellent despite some of the poor feedback. The course is still free you only pay for a verified certificate which is an edX thing not the Linux Foundation. The content is basic as this is a very introductory course and it teaches you using Linux as a Desktop capabilities and not Server Administration capabilities like it appears some people reviewing expected. If you haven't worked with Linux before or you would like a quick refresher on the basics this course is good for you!
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4/10 starsDropped
2 years, 8 months ago
What the heck? You offer a free Intro to Linux yet the very first thing you do is ask for money as either a donation or a course fee. Worse you then want credit card details what about annonimous funds trunsfer such as Paypal.
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Daivier Torres Márquez

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 9 months ago
Compared to others on-line courses I think is excellent. Prior experience with Linux is extremelly useful. And as you say, we get the content from the directly from the source.
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C Burns

4/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
I found this course to be disappointing. Instructor mostly read from Man pages or command line help. They spent to much time on the basic desktop that makes Linux seem like Windows. I wanted to learn more about what make Linux different from Windows. To this day it is still really hard to install software that is not in the pre packaged software repositories. Even the experts do a poor job of explaining that. I took the course when it was free, no way I pay $99.00 for it.
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Drew Merryman

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
I highly suggest supplementing this course with a text like Linux Essentials, 2nd Edition, as this course will not cover some of the details that would be covered elsewhere in introductory material. Be prepared to face a lack of context in some of the questions. Be prepared to search the man pages and help documentation for all the commands mentioned (I relied on cnf plenty of times!). If you are pursuing this from a development standpoint, I highly recommend it, as it details and steps you through exercises using the diff and patch commands, gives solid introductions to a variety of text editors and even mentions vimtutor. These things were news to me coming from another introduction Linux course. And nothing is more essential to Linux, the open source community and software development than understanding these things.
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Anthony Payne

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 9 months ago
I enrolled in this course about a year ago. I had some contact with Linux, but this course helped me to understand it a lot better. This is a great introductory course and I would recommend this as a jumping off point. If you have experience with Linux then this course will not help you.
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Su Lijiong

7/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 10 months ago
This course is not ideal for beginners. Many concepts are not explained clearly, especially those in the chapter of Network. However, after completing this course, at least you can gain some feeling what Linux like. For those people already have some experience, the course helps you know what kind of concepts you are missing. In short: this course is not in high quality, yet you can benefit from it.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 2 months ago
Even though the course might seem shallow, it covers a wide variety of topics. Sometimes it is scratching important stuff while it is explaining stuff, like vim, in way too much detail, which probably is a useful text editor for some, but it's complexity would require a whole separate course and certification. The scripted, and made just like the original environment pages, that help you type in exercises, are a nice touch, but not the most user friendlier things I have ever seen. Oh, and those intro videos at each chapter... the cameraman should be punished for it! :P
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Starsman Q8

9/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 1 month ago
the content are easy to learn reliable and simple , i really enjoy the course . i decided to donate :) thank you edx
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I have completed this courses but not get verified certificate. How can I get this verified certificate. I need this and also it's very helpful course for me. I want to know the next level course in linux.
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Seyha Steven

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I find it's good to for learning this class, I love Linux system run and working smoothly. When i started this system i had feel a bit hard of working on it that is a reason why i need to improve my knowledge on it. Linux system is a great powerful for new system which is working on enterprise company. Everyone knows about the attacking system on banking system or others. For example, Every year, all banks in Singapore have opened to Ethical Hacking to test there system to find out vulnerabilities of the system. so, all of these are the reason i would to improve my knowledge based on Linux System.
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Ouya Obunga

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
This is my first online course and it could not get better than this. I wish I had known of this course earlier. The content and mode of instruction is just superb.
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2/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
Shallow, simplistic, disorganized. I had user-level experience with Linux, able to do a dual-boot installation and install programms from the official repository. I use Linux Mint, which is quite similar to the Windows layout. I found the course disappointing. It is a mix of different topics, some very basic (filesystem, create directories, set up default programs, where to get help), others more advanced (scripts, networks). But it never goes in depth. I expected to learn commands and tricks to use on a daily basis, like installing programs that are not in the repository, or how to kill a frozen process. I completed the course in a couple of hours with a 97% grade. And I skip some chapters I was not interested in, just searching in the Internet a couple of questions of the final exam, and running Windows 7.
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7/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 3 months ago
All is well.. I wana ask the market value of the certificate i earn here.. Its beautiful that we can learn for free... Its good for the self creators.
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Daniel Hernanddez

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 3 months ago
Cuando podría estar disponible en español, creo que sería interesante poder tomar este curso. Saludos
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 3 months ago
Very good introduction to linux. Well explained, the content is up-to-date, the quizzes, which appears at the final of each chapter, helps on test our understanding and memorizing. I just didn't like the forum, there are a lot of q&a on topics not related to the course content.
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5/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 3 months ago
Much like a previous review, I skipped straight to the exam. I have very informal knowledge of linux, I've installed mint and ubuntu once and that's it. If you have an small working knowledge of cmd line and are intuitive you can figure out what most of the commands are just by reasoning alone. Is that a sound educational learning method when you want to master anything, NO. I passed with a 93%, I like that it gives you two checks per question. That being said i thought the exam questions covered a fair amount of material for a beginner. Hopefully you don't spend too much time going over the course materials. You may be better suited to just installing and playing around on a linux distro of your choice for a day. I rated the instructor as a 5 just to give the benefit of doubt, considering they put this material together.
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Faisal Al-Bandar

7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
Good introduction to Linux for those who never used the platform before. I had little experience with using Linux systems before the course, and found some of the materials to be very basic, while other parts were new and informative for me. It wouldn't hurt to take such an introductory course from a respected authority.
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