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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TOBIAS F SANCHEZ

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
THIS COURSE IS AMAZING, WITH THIS COURSE, I LEARNED MY FIRST SKILLS IN LINUX, THIS COURSE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 5 months ago
I took this course to learn the basics of linux. Even though I knew some linux fundamentals which I had picked up in an unorganized fashion, I wanted to learn it things in a systematic way. I really enjoyed the course. Especially the do it yourself part on bash shell scripting. Thank you for putting this course together. Given the constraints I understand why the final exam is in the current format.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
This is definitely an introduction to Linux class. It's not for those that are already advanced Linux users. I've been a Microsoft Windows server admin for many years and have done some Linux administration. This class was great for helping me fill in the training gap between what I knew and needed to know. You will not be a Linux expert after this class but you will have a good foundation on which to build. I am now taking the Linux Foundation's Essentials of System Administration. I'm glad I took this class first.
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Imtiaz Ahmed

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
For the beginners it is really good. I registered watched the material and found suitable for the beginners.
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Nishant Singhania

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 6 months ago
This course is exactly what the description says it is. It is a very basic course. The final test and the certification seem to have very little value but the course content is good for someone who hasn't really used Linux much. It does add some very useful tools to the arsenal of a new Linux user.
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Glenn L

9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
I have completed this course and accept it for what it is, an introductory course. While someone with Linux/UNIX/Networking experience could pass the exam with little preparation. I found it to be informative and a good course for the beginner. Having read all the material I learned a lot of things I did not know. The first few lessons were more historical and promotional than education but once you get into the Linux Structure and Installation section you start to learn about the real thing. For the beginner some links to supplementary information on installing dual boot or virtual machines would be helpful. Other than that the course material is a good introduction to Linux that anyone can learn from. While the course material could be more detailed or challenging in some places you have to remember this is an 8 week introductory course and as that it covers a lot of ground. Good value for the $99.00 I spent.
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Đỗ Huân

9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
Good for beginner , i don't good for write :( But with me , it's quite good :D
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Eric R

2/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 7 months ago
I enrolled in this free course last night and watched a few of the videos from the first lesson. After looking at the course topics, I decided to just give the final exam a go to see how much I knew. Despite hardly ever using Linux in my life and not currently having it installed on any of my computers, I scored a 93% (28/30) on the final exam. The final exam took me approximately 5 minutes (no exaggeration). Just having a reasonable amount of knowledge about computers in general will allow you to easily pass this course. There is really no substance to this course, and it seems to just be a marketing ploy for the Linux Foundation to possibly promote their paid courses and certifications. I have nothing against the Linux Foundation, and I was genuinely just looking to improve my very limited knowledge of Linux. This is not the place to do so. Do not waste your time with this course, and do NOT under any circumstances pay ... I enrolled in this free course last night and watched a few of the videos from the first lesson. After looking at the course topics, I decided to just give the final exam a go to see how much I knew. Despite hardly ever using Linux in my life and not currently having it installed on any of my computers, I scored a 93% (28/30) on the final exam. The final exam took me approximately 5 minutes (no exaggeration). Just having a reasonable amount of knowledge about computers in general will allow you to easily pass this course. There is really no substance to this course, and it seems to just be a marketing ploy for the Linux Foundation to possibly promote their paid courses and certifications. I have nothing against the Linux Foundation, and I was genuinely just looking to improve my very limited knowledge of Linux. This is not the place to do so. Do not waste your time with this course, and do NOT under any circumstances pay money for this piece of crap.
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Leandro Discaciate

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 8 months ago
Superb course. Very easy to understand and with some pretty good examples. I found it really useful and it worked well as an introductory course to Linux.
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Mac Gyver

8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 9 months ago
Just download Colegio Linux or uhh LDP Learn Linux by cheat sheets or in 3 chapters. Learn by doing. For one thing I've never used Linux (which is the kernel by the way), to do everday tasks. This just goes to provehow far out of touch these instructors are from the true roots of Linux and free software. They forget the fact that the operating system and all the commands, subsystems, utilities and concepts they teach subsystems are all tied together in what's called the gnu operating system. GNU, a recursive acronym meaning GNU not Unix. Just look up GNU on wikipedia or have a look at what the free software pioneer has to say: "Stallman refers to this operating system as "a variant of GNU, and the GNU Project is its principal developer." He claims that the connection between the GNU project's philosophy and its software is broken when people refer to the combination as merely, Linux."
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Mihail Hreniuc

9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 10 months ago
It was a nice course which gives you a good overview over the system, easy to understand for beginners and a couple of good practicing labs (some of them quite easy, though). All in all, for a beginners course, it is good.
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Christppher Smith

10/10 starsDropped
5 years ago
I love Linux but actually was wondering why edX classifies a Linux command line course as "Mobile Frendly"? Must be some Voodoo gesture business over Cell Phones and Tablets. Huh?
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Pablo César Rodríguez

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years ago
Clearly is a course for beginners or Windows users. I really recomended even though I expected a more advance course of linux. Besides that, it was a great course and great explanations in it, thank you!!
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Amber Pandit

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 11 months ago
The course content is very good but instead of all text there must be some visuals and problem sets to make it intersting.
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Herman Ronk

6/10 starsCompleted
5 years ago
The course is meant for absolute beginners, it touches most important subjects but the content is always easily understandable. But a complete chapter about the text editors and learning the keyboard shortcuts for them while other chapters just talk about a few more specific default applications make the course feel a bit out of balance.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years ago
antastic course, fun tasks, excellent introduction. I found it very easy to get used to Linux, although it looked frustrating at the beginning.
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Norman Bailey

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
The course is well structured and logical. It is a really good introduction to the amazing world of Linux. Everything is in bite size chunks which means that it is easy to study when you have time. It took me around three months of part time study to complete. The final exam was either easier than I expected, either that or I had taken in the course material better than I realized. I was pleased to get 100% and a verified certificate. Well worth the effort.
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Jeff Glassman

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Excellent introduction to Linux. Takes you from the very beginning and moves on, building on what you have learned. By the end of the course you will have a working knowledge of Linux and know the resources available to you. You may not be an expert but you will be able to use Linux for your common daily tasks. If you have any interest in exploring Linux, this is the course for you.
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Luka Brkanić

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Fantastic course, fun tasks, excellent introduction. I found it very easy to get used to Linux, although it looked frustrating at the beginning.
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Marcin Malecki

8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Course starts from very basic introduction and progresses to some more difficult topics. While first units only require few minutes to complete latter units take time. There are several things which could be improved: - More lab examples < existing tasks only cover some of the material and only to limited extend. Leaving major sections without practice. Lab answers should also contain comments on if other ways of addressing the questions are possible. This is especially important in scripting labs. I have done all the labs BUT nearly none of my ready scripts looks the same as the once in answers. - Personal preference here would be to have all text available as audio in addition to reading it. - Exam lacks any serious scripting. The way it covers scripting is severely lacking and since scripting arguable is a major if not main part of the course it is disappointing. One way it could test scripting is to give a script to debug and pro... Course starts from very basic introduction and progresses to some more difficult topics. While first units only require few minutes to complete latter units take time. There are several things which could be improved: - More lab examples < existing tasks only cover some of the material and only to limited extend. Leaving major sections without practice. Lab answers should also contain comments on if other ways of addressing the questions are possible. This is especially important in scripting labs. I have done all the labs BUT nearly none of my ready scripts looks the same as the once in answers. - Personal preference here would be to have all text available as audio in addition to reading it. - Exam lacks any serious scripting. The way it covers scripting is severely lacking and since scripting arguable is a major if not main part of the course it is disappointing. One way it could test scripting is to give a script to debug and provide lines which contain errors as an answer (with corrections). I am not sure that exam is hard enough but I suppose it should be encouraging so this is probably ok.
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kamal Osman

1/10 starsDropped
5 years, 1 month ago
I want to learn Linux and go deeply through it....,iam very interesting in Linux and I hope that I find what iam looking for in this course
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 1 month ago
Excellent course for linux beginners to acquire strong fondamental knowledges. The rythm of the training is pleasant. That's meant to be a linux introduction, it is a good one. It is not supposed to suit experienced users, it doesn't.
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Ruben Benante

9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 3 months ago
Although I'm already familiar with linux, I took this course to formalize my education through an official Linux Foundation Certificate. Even being a basic introductory course, if you are already a sysadmin, you'll find out that there are many things you can learn from this course.
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HYEONGSEOK KIM

9/10 starsTaking Now
5 years, 3 months ago
I think this lecture would be the best lectures I'd ever taken. I'm really looking forward to it. and this lecture can give me basic knowledge that I have to have as a white hat hacker
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Keysmer Damo

6/10 starsDropped
5 years, 5 months ago
I dropped the course as soon as I learned about the books of William Shott and Wale Soyinka. Both are fantastic and much better than this course for learning Linux. Content: One finds explanations about the same thing in different parts, and badly explained in every part. It is as if a group of incommunicated people were asked to write quickly about a given topic. Instructor: The important material is mostly text, there is no instructor here to enhance or augment the means of communication. There are videos that explain some extremely basic things like for someone who has never seen a computer. Provider: They shouldn't charge so much for the course.
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Misa Lazovic

10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 5 months ago
Really great course for beginners in Linux. Bunch of useful stuff is explained, all with examples and detailed explanations either in text or video. I'd definitely recommend this course to anyone starting to learn Linux.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 6 months ago
Fantastic course and with the possibility to receive free certificate also is a great help course for those who want to take the LPIC-1. Including already recommended the course to friends.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 7 months ago
Overall a good MOOC. A lot of things that don't belong here (there are 3 videos on how to change background only). But after the first 2-3 lessons, the real Linux begins. Easy to understand only if you are on Linux or a virtual machine with it so you can test your new knowledge.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
This wide-ranging introduction to Linux is well-suited to beginners who, like me, have almost no knowledge whatsoever of Linux. The course is organized into 18 self-paced topical modules, each consisting of several subtopic sequences. The subtopic sequences, in turn, each contain a series of instructional web pages with text and graphical content, short (each less than 2 minutes) video segments illustrating use of a tool or command discussed in the web pages, a few review questions, and a "lab" that has you perform tasks on your Linux system. The review questions and labs do not count toward your grade, which is based solely on a 30-question final. Although the labs sometimes require some real thought, overall the course is not difficult. With content almost exclusively presented on static web pages, the experience is more like reading a well-written, well-illustrated book with chapter-ending exercises available on the web. I h... This wide-ranging introduction to Linux is well-suited to beginners who, like me, have almost no knowledge whatsoever of Linux. The course is organized into 18 self-paced topical modules, each consisting of several subtopic sequences. The subtopic sequences, in turn, each contain a series of instructional web pages with text and graphical content, short (each less than 2 minutes) video segments illustrating use of a tool or command discussed in the web pages, a few review questions, and a "lab" that has you perform tasks on your Linux system. The review questions and labs do not count toward your grade, which is based solely on a 30-question final. Although the labs sometimes require some real thought, overall the course is not difficult. With content almost exclusively presented on static web pages, the experience is more like reading a well-written, well-illustrated book with chapter-ending exercises available on the web. I had no problem finishing it up in two weeks. The course emphasizes breadth rather than depth, which is exactly right, in my view, for an introductory treatment. After getting comfortable with the basic features of Linux, and then taking a grand tour through the most common commands and capabilities, you'll feel that you've built a pretty solid foundation for more advanced (that is to say, "advanced beginner") work. There are tons of helpful Linux tutorials on the web, and this course provides the basic grounding to make those tutorials meaningful. The course materials take worthy pains to separately treat the three most common Linux distributions, both in terms of helping you install and navigate your Linux package and for later course topics where the details diverge among distributions. Because of the modular organization of the course, it's easy to skip the distribution-specific segments that don't relate to your version. Neophytes who take this course with the right expectations will find it very useful and easily digested. People who already have basic Linux training may also find it useful on a topical level, but should be prepared to skip through a lot of what they already know.
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4/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
I was disappointed with the course. I though it will have more, longer videos. I paid $250 for a Verified Certificate, but it was not worth it. The course itself you could make if you used a Linux for a year. The knowledge what you get is to less, compared for the price(even 99$ is a to high, even if it is only an introductory course). I hope it will be once a better, not money orientated advanced Linux course.
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