Linux and Unix Fundamentals (LPI 101/102) — A 5 day course

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This course is a practical introduction to Unix and Linux, taught through their most popular incarnation: GNU/Linux.

The course covers the core objectives for Level 1 Linux Professional Institute (LPI) certification (LPI 101 and LPI 102 exams), with a special emphasis on the most practical and useful aspects of the LPI curriculum.

This course focuses on the underlying principles of Unix and Linux in a system-independent way, ensuring that delegates learn the core concepts, which apply throughout Unix and are present in all versions of Linux, no matter who the vendor may be (e.g. UnitedLinux, Red Hat, SuSE, Debian Linux, Mandrake, Sun Solaris and Linux, BSD Unix, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, AIX, HP-UX, Tru64 Unix, etc.).

This course makes extensive use of practical exercises and draws heavily on our trainers’ own experience of implementing Unix and Linux based business solutions.

At the end of the course delegates will be well-positioned to become serious users, software developers and administrators of any Linux system and will fully understand the application of Linux in serious commercial and other environments.



The Unix and Linux command line


Text editing with Vi

Configuration Files

Processes and jobs

Searching Text Files Using Regular Expressions


File system concepts and use

Archiving and Backups

Managing User Accounts

Filesystem security

Creating Partitions and File systems

Booting and runlevels

Logging System Events

syslog daemon /etc/syslog.conf

Advanced shell usage

Installing software

Making and Installing Programs from Source

Managing Shared Libraries

The Linux kernel

The X window system

Shell scripting and configuration

Awk and Perl

TCP/IP networking configuration

Linux network services

Internet Daemons and Services

Networked file systems

Suitable For

Experienced computer users who are relatively new to Unix or Linux and need to master a Unix/Linux system quickly and effectively. e.g. former MacOS or Microsoft Windows users.

Linux and Unix users or administrators who want to become Linux certified at LPI Level 1.

Linux and Unix users who need to consolidate and advance basic knowledge that they have picked up in an ad hoc fashion.

Linux and Unix users taking their first steps into professional Unix/Linux system administration, Unix/Linux network administration or Unix/Linux programming.


Advanced computer literacy.

Basic understanding of TCP/IP networking concepts.

A minimum of three months practical experience using Linux or Unix.

A willingness to learn and use command line applications.

A commitment to further practice and exam preparation if LPI certification is your goal.