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Dartmouth College

Linux Basics: The Command Line Interface - 6

Dartmouth College and Institut Mines-Télécom via Coursera


This course will introduce you to Linux, a powerful operating system used by most professional developers! Why add Linux to your C programming skills? Most people use Linux without knowing it! Whether you use a smartphone, search the web, or use an ATM, each time Linux is involved somewhere in the background. It is the most used operating system for embedded devices and high-performance servers. It is also the most common operating system used by developers to create software applications. In this course, you will learn the history of Linux and how its open source community was able to create today’s most advanced operating system. You will navigate the file system, use fundamental Linux commands and master the Linux command line interface. These are essential skills for every developer. You will also be able to produce software written in C using the industry-standard tools on Linux. We are excited to introduce you to Linux and guide you along your path to becoming a skilled user of this powerful operating system! At the end of this short course, you will reach the sixth milestone of the C Programming with Linux Specialization, unlocking the door to a career in computer engineering. Your job Outlook: - Programmers, developers, engineers, managers, and related industries within scientific computing and data science; - Embedded systems such as transportation, utility networks, and aerospace; - Robotics industry and manufacturing; - IoT (Internet of Things) used in smart homes, automation, and wearables. - IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology, ranks C as one of the top programming languages of 2017 in demand by employers. (Source: IEEE Spectrum) This course has received financial support from the Patrick & Lina Drahi Foundation.


  • Welcome
    • Let's get coding!
  • Week 1: History of Linux and the command line
    • By the end of Week 1, you will be able to describe the background, key dates, and important people of the creation of Linux projects, UNIX, and C. You will also be able to run commonly used pre-installed programs on Linux via the command line interface.
  • Week 2: The Linux file system
    • By the end of Week 2, You will be able to navigate through the Linux Filesystem with the command line interface. You will also be comfortable working with files and in directories using the following skills: creating, deleting, copying, renaming, and moving.
  • Week 3: C program compilation with gcc
    • By the end of Week 3, you will be able to inspect the memory consumption of processes using the Linux common line interface (CLI), as well as build interactive programs for the CLI in the C programming language. You will also be able to evaluate the average CPU consumption, distinguish between compilation and interpretation of programs, and run/compile a program written in C on Linux.
  • Concluding the course

Taught by

Rémi Sharrock and Petra Bonfert-Taylor


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