Linux - Introduction & Fundamentals

This course is the essential foundation for anyone intending to work in a Linux technical environment. The course introduces and explains the Linux computing environment at a conceptual and terminological level, and also includes a number of practical, hands-on exercises that reinforce the knowledge gained during the formal classroom sessions.

This course is available for one-company, on-site presentations and live over the Internet, via the Virtual Classroom Environment service.


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • use Linux documentation
  • move around the Linux directory structure
  • create, copy and move files and directories
  • understand Linux file permissions
  • use the vi editor
  • list and control processes
  • understand and use Linux metacharacters
  • use grep, cut, awk, sed and sort
  • create login profiles
  • understand the basics of Linux scripting
  • use basic archiving commands
  • utilise basic and advanced utilities
  • schedule processes.

Who Should Attend

All those who will be working in a Linux environment.


An understanding of basic computing principles.


4 days

Fee (per attendee)


Course Code



Introduction and Orientation

Understanding Linux components; logging in and out of a Linux system; understanding command structure; using keyboard control characters; using mail.


The man command; Internet resources.

Files & Directories

Files and directories: what are they; becoming familiar with important Linux directories; relative vs full paths; copying, moving, creating and deleting files & directories; displaying text files; useful file utilities, the find command; hard vs soft links.


Permission concepts; directory vs file permissions; changing permissions; controlling default permissions with umask.

Using vi

Opening files and inserting text; creating and editing files; the most important survival commands; saving changes.

Shell Metacharacters

Why metacharacters; using wildcards for filenames; command redirections; combine commands with pipes; using command and variable substitution; disabling metacharacters.

Initialisation Scripts

Aliases; shell functions; setting and exporting variables; configuring the shell with set; using .profile and .kshrc to customise the environment.


Understanding process structure; listing and controlling processes; using nice and renice; running background jobs.

Shell Script Introduction

Running scripts; positional parameters; conditional execution; iterative processing with for and while; exit codes.

Advanced Utilities

Understanding regular expressions; using grep; extracting portions of text with cut and awk; using sed and sort to edit and sort text.

User Archives

Using tar to create user archives; extracting archives; compressing data.

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