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Introduction to Linux

  • What is Linux?
  • Then What is Unix?
  • A Graphical View of Unix History
  • Brief Linux History
  • Linux System Construction
  • Comparing Linux to Unix
  • Comparing Linux to Windows/DOS
  • Various Linux Distributions
  • Common Linux Resources

Installing Linux

  • Hardware Requirements
  • What You Need Before Installing
  • The Install Process

Getting Started

  • Logging In
  • Basic Linux Commands
  • Using Online Help
  • Restarting and Shutting Down Linux

The X Window System

  • Overview of the X Window System
  • Configuring X to Start Manually
  • Starting X Manually
  • Starting X Automatically
  • Working with Windows and Menus

Customizing the X Interface

  • Adding/Removing Shortcuts
  • Modifying the Gnome Panel

The Shell Environment

  • Kernel/Shell Relationship
  • Types of Shells
  • Getting to a Command Prompt
  • Executing a Shell
  • Changing the Default Shell
  • Variables
  • The Shell as a Programming Environment

The Bash Shell

  • The Home Directory
  • Startup Files
  • Variables Revisited
  • Accessing Previous Commands-History
  • Command Completion
  • Colors in a Command Line

Linux Commands

  • Shell Command Syntax
  • The MESG Command
  • Writing Active Users
  • Printing Files
  • Defining and Creating Aliases

The Linux File System

  • The Linux File System Standard (FSSTND)
  • File System Structure
  • Linux Directory Structure
  • Navigating from the Command Line
  • Viewing Files/Directories in X
  • Viewing Files/Directories from the Command Line
  • Using Wildcard Characters

Redirection and Pipes

  • Standard Input and Output
  • Standard Output Redirection
  • Standard Input Redirection
  • Simultaneous Redirection
  • Pipes

Organizing Files

  • The Touch Command
  • Creating Directories
  • Deleting Files and Directories
  • Copying and Moving Files and Directories
  • Moving and Renaming
  • Creating Links to a File
  • Organizing Files and Directories in X

File/Directory Permissions

  • What are Permissions?
  • The CHMOD Command
  • The UMASK Command
  • The CHOWN Command
  • Changing Permissions in X

Working with Applications and Packages

  • Installing: The Traditional Unix Method
  • Installing: The Linux Package Method (RPM)

Working with Text Documents and Editors

  • Viewing and Editing Text Files in X
  • Viewing Text Files from the Command Line
  • Editing Text Files from the Command Line
  • Using the Pico Editor
  • The VIM Editor
  • Deleting and Changing Text

Using Floppies and CDs

  • Mounting/Unmouting File systems
  • Mtools
  • Auto mounting in X

Power User Utilities

  • Regular Expressions
  • Wildcards
  • Locating Files from the Command Line
  • Locating Files from Within X
  • The GREP Command
  • Determining Disk Usage
  • The WC Command
  • The SORT Command
  • The UNIQ Command

Network Utilities

  • The Control Panel – Network Configuration
  • Networking Commands from the Shell
  • The /ETC/Hosts File

Process Management

  • Listing Processes from Within Gnome
  • Listing Processes from the Command Line
  • Killing Processes from Within Gnome
  • Killing Processes from the Command Line
  • Background Mode Operation