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Linux Foundation

Introduction to Linux

Linux Foundation via edX


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

Linux powers 100% of the world’s supercomputers, most of the servers powering the Internet, the majority of financial trades worldwide and over two 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, 80 percent of hiring managers reported that they will prioritize hiring Linux talent relative to other skills areas, and 47 percent of hiring managers say 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 1,000,000+ learners who are already enrolled in this course and start your Linux journey.


  • Welcome!
  • 1. The Linux Foundation
  • 2. Linux Philosophy and Concepts
  • 3. Linux Basics and System Startup
  • 4. Graphical Interface
  • 5. System Configuration from the Graphical Interface
  • 6. Common Applications
  • 7. Command Line Operations
  • 8. Finding Linux Documentation
  • 9. Processes
  • 10. File Operations
  • 11. Text Editors
  • 12. User Environment
  • 13. Manipulating Text
  • 14. Network Operations
  • 15. The Bash Shell and bash Scripting
  • 16. More on Bash Shell Scripting
  • 17. Printing
  • 18. Local Security Principles
  • Final Exam

Taught by

Jerry Cooperstein PhD


4.1 rating, based on 38 Class Central reviews

4.4 rating at edX based on 175 ratings

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  • This is a great introduction to Linux if you haven't had any experience with Linux/Unix/FreeBSD/etc. It's targeted at those with zero experience with the operating system, so someone like me who has been picking at Linux from time to time since 1995 won't find most of it challenging.

    Again, if you've had some exposure to Linux (especially the console commands), this probably isn't the course for you. Otherwise, this is a great way to fill in the knowledge gaps.
  • Robert Grutza
    It gives you the basics of how to use Linux, but does not encourage the student with exercises or quizzes. There is a final at the end, which is the only graded item for the entire course. Hard to stay motivated without anything showing your progress. For people that have never used Linux.
  • Keith Okan
    I thought this was an excellent beginner course. It does more than just give you commands, but starts with the history of Linux, goes over the various flavors, has some great labs and even covers scripting. Although I thought the scripting part was a bit much for a newbie. Great course, thanks for offering it!
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    Unnati Solunke
    It is a top quality course. Keep going, we need this type of course to improve our studies. Excellent. Thank you!!
  • Really Good course for beginners and also useful for advanced professionals to recollect the basics. Good start for Linux learners and training material is so easy to understand
  • Anonymous
    This course filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of basic Linux operations. The instructions were clear, concise and the screenshots really helped too. I passed the final exam on the first try becaue the information was so well presented. I will be using this as a resource in the future. If you want a basic understanding of Linux, this is great, and it was free, too.
  • Sašo Karakatič
    Great course! Would recommend for everyone even Windows or MacOS users. It explains the basics of filesystems, booting process, networks...
  • Finished the course very rapidly as I was already somewhat familiar with Linux. I still found it quite useful to refresh some of the basic notions.
  • Anonymous
    Loved the course, there's basically no homework. For some people that might be a negative, but it's a positive for me.

    Learned quite a bit.
  • Anonymous
    for me this proves blessing. i just started learning linux and this course is very much interesting and provide basics of linux in a compact form. the All i need is here in the course.
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