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Linux for Beginners

Put in the simplest terms, Linux is an operating system. By 2008, it represented an astonishing $25 billion ecosystem. Since its start in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices. This extraordinary growth in the usage of Linux OS worldwide results from the factors such as higher security, cost-effectiveness, robust performance, flexibility and stability.

Because of this huge growth, almost one million jobs have already been created for Linux Professionals worldwide; yet only a few are qualified enough to take on the jobs. The demand for Linux Professionals still far exceeds the supply. How can we cater to this growing demand? ‘Linux for Beginners’ from PACE Institute is a stepping stone for anyone who wishes to enter the world of Linux that offers plenty of career opportunities.

Whether you want to boost your professional credentials for an IT career, or want to follow a starter course for a more advanced program like Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), getting started with 'Linux for Beginners' from PACE is a smart choice. At PACE, our highly qualified lecturers with hands on experience are eager to guide you towards mastery of Linux fundamentals so that you can successfully move on to the next level, if not simply strengthen your IT career success.

How did Linux start?

Linus Torvalds, a young man was studying computer Science at the University of Helsinki.

After buying a PC with an Intel 386 CPU, he began using Minix, an Unix-inspired operating system created by Andrew Tannenbaum for use as a teaching tool. Linus was not impressed with the system in general and in particular he lamented its inability to do terminal emulation, which he needed so he could connect to the university's computers. Linus decided to do the terminal emulation program himself, independently of Minix. These were the first steps toward creating Linux.

Linus quickly developed the terminal emulation program and it was sufficient for his needs for a while. However, Linus began thinking that it would be nice to be able to do other things with it like transferring and saving files. This is where Linux was really born. Originally, Linus wanted to name his creation 'Freax' (pronounced like the English word freaks). He changed it to Linux at the prompting of a friend.

Linux - Today...

  • Linux started as a project in September 1991 by Linus Torvalds
  • 10,000 lines of source code under the General Public License (GPL)
  • Code base has now grown to an astonishing 204 million lines of code.
  • Estimated that these 204 million lines of source code would cost around $10.8 billion if it was written on a commercial basis
  • Would take $1.4 billion to develop the Linux Kernel alone.
  • Runs NYSE to Mobile Phones to Supercomputers to Consumer Devices

Target Audience

  • School leavers after A/L
  • Anyone interested in learning Linux

Course Duration

40 hours-weekday sessions

Course Prerequisites

Students should have the basic computer literacy. No familiarity with Linux or other UNIX operating systems is required.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Get Started with the GNOME Graphical Desktop
Unit 2: Manage Files Graphically with Nautilus
Unit 3: Get Help in a Graphical Environment
Unit 4: Configure Local Services
Unit 5: Get Started with the Open Source Desktop Application
Unit 6: Get Started with Bash
Unit 7: Manage Physical Storage I
Unit 8: Monitor System Resources
Unit 9: Manage System Software
Unit 10: Get Help in a Textual Environment
Unit 11: Establish Network Connectivity
Unit 12: Administer Users and Groups
Unit 13: Manage Files from the Command Line
Unit 14: Secure Linux File Access
Unit 15: Administer Remote Systems
Unit 16: Configure General Services
Unit 17: Manage Physical Storage II
Unit 18: Install Linux Graphically
Unit 19: Manage Virtual Machines
Unit 20: Deploy File Sharing Services
Unit 21: Comprehensive Review

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