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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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
Course content was well structure and presented well in a way that each lesson developed on previous lessons.
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5 years, 9 months ago
All I can tell is that the course is AWESOME.It is a Summary of what is there is big Linux books...It is easily understandable to anyone.Contents are to the point and not too much descriptive...I was a newbee, but after discovering what actually is Linux,I switched to UBUNTO FROM WINDOWS.I now feel that LINUX and all open source software's are worthwhile.I am eager to contribute to the open-source platform after completing this course.So,thnx to LINUX FOUNDATION for this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 9 months ago
This course reminded me a lot of things in details about the Linux system.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
is an amazing corse!!! i have learned a lot and i feel ready to work as a LSA!! hope i found a job with the certificate
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
I enrolled for this course with minimal experience in Linux. The course was very well presented and I have definitely benefited from the course as my understanding of Linux is much better and I am able to do a lot more than what I could previously. I am 57 years old and the last exam I wrote was in 1978 when I did engineering at college. I was nervous when doing the final exam but still attained 93% for the final exam. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible
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4/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
It was not for people who hav even used linux system once . ppl can better opt for cs50 course which is lot better
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 10 months ago
hello everyone I joined this course because I am teacher educator but have no idea of Linux format though is demand of today's World. So I think it will help me a lot
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7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
I am currently using Windows and I would like to know about Linux. I have read too much about it that I whish I could use it.
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5 years, 11 months ago
I've working in IT for about 15 years as a Windows administrator/engineer. I have used Linux from time-to-time as a desktop and from the server side, for specific apps like VMware ESXi, some EMC apps, etc. I was really hoping to learn enough about Linux to take over some day-to-day work from our Linux admins at work, and maybe move into that area more down the road. Not that anything is wrong with working in Windows, but I'm always up for trying new things for fun and growth. This course really didn't fit the bill for me. Most of the stuff covered I already knew, like how to move around the file system, how to create and edit text files, and the basics of how things worked. And I really didn't need to spend time on chapters like the one on different text editors. The scripting chapters were too short and basic. The rest was an introduction to how to use a computer. If you're at that level, then fine, this course may b... I've working in IT for about 15 years as a Windows administrator/engineer. I have used Linux from time-to-time as a desktop and from the server side, for specific apps like VMware ESXi, some EMC apps, etc. I was really hoping to learn enough about Linux to take over some day-to-day work from our Linux admins at work, and maybe move into that area more down the road. Not that anything is wrong with working in Windows, but I'm always up for trying new things for fun and growth. This course really didn't fit the bill for me. Most of the stuff covered I already knew, like how to move around the file system, how to create and edit text files, and the basics of how things worked. And I really didn't need to spend time on chapters like the one on different text editors. The scripting chapters were too short and basic. The rest was an introduction to how to use a computer. If you're at that level, then fine, this course may be for you. If you are on EdX, though, and find "Introduction to Linux" to even be remotely interesting, you're probably already beyond what this course covers.
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5 years, 11 months ago
I signed up for version 1 of this course (Aug 2014). The class was advertised as open ended. I paid $250 for a Verified Certificate. In Oct 2014, edX and The Linux Foundation announced version 2, starting Jan 2015. The catch? My "open ended" version 1 expires on 12/20/14. I am not able to finish this the course by then. No problem, I thought, I'll just continue in V2. Well, it is a problem. In the discussion forums, staff for the Linux Foundation have stated that they will NOT honor the $250 I paid for the "open ended" V1 and they are asking me to pay an additional $100 for a Verified Certificate in V2. I've emailed edX asking for a refund. If they respond positively, I will come back here and edit this. If not, well, I think it's important for prospective students to be aware of these shenanigans so that they won't lose any money. [Update, 9 Dec 2014] edX responded to my request for a refund. They will be issu... I signed up for version 1 of this course (Aug 2014). The class was advertised as open ended. I paid $250 for a Verified Certificate. In Oct 2014, edX and The Linux Foundation announced version 2, starting Jan 2015. The catch? My "open ended" version 1 expires on 12/20/14. I am not able to finish this the course by then. No problem, I thought, I'll just continue in V2. Well, it is a problem. In the discussion forums, staff for the Linux Foundation have stated that they will NOT honor the $250 I paid for the "open ended" V1 and they are asking me to pay an additional $100 for a Verified Certificate in V2. I've emailed edX asking for a refund. If they respond positively, I will come back here and edit this. If not, well, I think it's important for prospective students to be aware of these shenanigans so that they won't lose any money. [Update, 9 Dec 2014] edX responded to my request for a refund. They will be issuing one.
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6 years ago
It's a very basic, low level introduction to linux (perhaps the wrong word, it's just an introduction in computers). I have done the final exam in 15 minutes and got 95% . Never got an an certificate that easy. Perhaps good if you never got an computer on your hand, but otherwise it's an joke.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
I am a Raspberry Pi user, an embedded system that runs over linux. I know a little linux and I would like to improve it. See you in a few days.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
This is an excellent intro for brand new users especially for those with less than a year in Linux.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
how i can register ! I'm interesting to learn linux i have few idea
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5 years, 11 months ago
I learnt one thing from this course: Never throw your money (250USD) to reputable organization before you ACTUALLY experienced what they can provide. When I heard Linux Foundation is making a MOOC on edx.org, I was very excited. I select to pursue the ID verified certificate without any hesitation, which costs me 250 USD. After the course began, I have to say, I can't make it. Not because the content in the course is too hard, it's because the content is not intuitive, pragmatical. You can't imagine how bad the learning experience is. Reading bunches of brief introduction paragraphs about every part of Linux system is the main learning method. The videos in the lecture are also dumb, I was shocked when I see the video telling me how to change desktop wallpaper! Try-it-yourself experience is ridiculous, you must input the exact command as the answer to get passed, no alias, no alternative ways to get the same result, even one more ... I learnt one thing from this course: Never throw your money (250USD) to reputable organization before you ACTUALLY experienced what they can provide. When I heard Linux Foundation is making a MOOC on edx.org, I was very excited. I select to pursue the ID verified certificate without any hesitation, which costs me 250 USD. After the course began, I have to say, I can't make it. Not because the content in the course is too hard, it's because the content is not intuitive, pragmatical. You can't imagine how bad the learning experience is. Reading bunches of brief introduction paragraphs about every part of Linux system is the main learning method. The videos in the lecture are also dumb, I was shocked when I see the video telling me how to change desktop wallpaper! Try-it-yourself experience is ridiculous, you must input the exact command as the answer to get passed, no alias, no alternative ways to get the same result, even one more space will tell you that you are wrong. The final exam is also dumb, 30 multi choice questions, each have 2 chances. After complete this course, I must say I can get 90%+ score directly without reading any content this course provides. One thing to notice that I'm a Windows guy, before this course, I had no experience screwing around Linux. This course began at Aug 01, now it's the last day, I must force myself really hard to read the lecture content and get a cert before the deadline. Conclusion: Totally waste of time, not to mention my money.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
To enhance more in this field and want depth course regarding Linux and VI.
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2/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 11 months ago
I have not taken part in this course but have rightfully given it a single star in order to show my disgust at the fact that it refers to the operating system as 'Linux' when it is in fact a distribution of a system called GNU, with the Linux kernel added. It's as if these courses are made for morons.
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7/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
I really enjoyed this course and it inspired me to work in technology, thank you so much!!! Will this course be offered again?
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8/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
kjnnukuA short but comprehensive course providing an exceptionally good start for anyone that wants to become proficient in using Linux-based systems.
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6 years ago
This course is good in general but it has some drawbacks: 1- If this is your first exposure to Linux, this course may not be a good choice. You will have many questions unanswered. 2- This course lacks a story line that you can easily follow. If you know the basics, that might not be the case but if you are completely new to Linux, it may be bothering. I used this course after taking a 24 hour physical class and it was OK. Another point is that I hate edx platform. I cannot work easily with that. Batch downloading of course material was not available and I spent a lot of time downloading videos from YouTube channel. Also keeping course pages took too much time. The exam was almost like a joke. I could get 29/30 before studying the course just by searching the answers on the internet.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
Thank you Linux Foundation! This course is easy to follow, interesting and it gives you just enough of the basics to start to understand and manage Linux systems. I`m with Linux for 8 years - 8 years of googling and finding pieces of information needed for administration. Now i can see the whole picture, only outlines though, but finally those pieces are piled up and organized. Thanks again!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 1 month ago
I took this course mainly to get some bash scripting knowledge and overall the course is superb. I recommend this to my students as well who learn Linux network administration based in Debian distribution. two thumbs up for this.. awesome ;)
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6 years, 3 months ago
If you are currently using Windows and don't like to dual-boot? Download VirtualBox and grap a Virtual Machine Image from: http://virtualboximages.com/VirtualBox.Linux.Mint.vids So you can get started using VM. Good luck with the course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
Intro to Linux is normally a $2,400 course from the Linux Foundation, but it's being offered for free now on edX. If you've ever wanted to learn how to use the open source operating system, there's no better time than now.
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6 years, 3 months ago
Introduction to Linux is a self-paced course offered by the Linux foundation geared toward students interested in using Linux for the first time. The course covers a wide range of topics including installing Linux, differences between Linux distributions, the GUI, the command line, various system operations and Bash scripting. You can use any of three different Linux distributions--Ubuntu, CentOS and OpenSUSE--to follow along with the materiel. The content consists mainly of static slides with occasional video tutorials, exercises and comprehension questions; 100% of the course grade is based on an easy 30 question final exam. The slides are quite informative and the exercises are generally well done, but it would be nice to see more video content. The entire course probably has around an hour to an hour and a half of video. Overall, Introduction to Linux is an informative yet impersonal offering that is more akin to reading an opera... Introduction to Linux is a self-paced course offered by the Linux foundation geared toward students interested in using Linux for the first time. The course covers a wide range of topics including installing Linux, differences between Linux distributions, the GUI, the command line, various system operations and Bash scripting. You can use any of three different Linux distributions--Ubuntu, CentOS and OpenSUSE--to follow along with the materiel. The content consists mainly of static slides with occasional video tutorials, exercises and comprehension questions; 100% of the course grade is based on an easy 30 question final exam. The slides are quite informative and the exercises are generally well done, but it would be nice to see more video content. The entire course probably has around an hour to an hour and a half of video. Overall, Introduction to Linux is an informative yet impersonal offering that is more akin to reading an operating manual than taking an open course with human teachers and students. The content will likely prove useful as reference material, but the lack of human connection makes getting through it a bit of a slog.
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6 years, 2 months ago
The world really needs a good course on Linux. Unfortunately this is not it. The course starts well - it's really cool to see Linux presented professionally. But towards the end it is like whoever wrote the course could not be bothered with it any more. Seriously - they they did not even add audio to the later videos. If you want a good introduction to slightly more advanced topics like shell scripting your time would be better spent working with other resources.
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6 years, 3 months ago
A nice course to get used to using Linux. Much of the file editing section would apply to people used to using Linux. It was nice to use their 'test-run' sections to try the exercises without having to actually use my PC for it. Many interesting facts along the way. Would recommend this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
Awesome course! I have been a linux user for a number of years and have become quite used to searching the Internet and consuming linux admin and user info. This course had great content and presented linux from a historical context to enrich the learning experience. This has solidified my understanding of linux from the ground up and boosted my skills and confidence as a linux user, developer and admin. Thank you to The Linux Foundation and edX!
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10/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 3 months ago
This course is a well executed, detailed, and excellent foundation for anyone trying to learn the inner workings of Linux. The course also demonstrates the Linux Foundation's dedication to making Linux easily comprehensible with labs and a wealth of try-it activities.
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