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course Linux/UNIX part 1

This course suits all versions of the UNIX system

This course introduces you to the Linux/UNIX "philosophy" of working. It teaches the basic concepts and the elementary functionality of Linux/UNIX systems.

After the course the students will understand the facilities of the file system, the most important file management commands and the vi editor. The students will be able to use a large selection of standard utility commands.

The strong and the weak points of Linux and UNIX systems will be covered. Details of the internal working will be explained where they are useful for the basic understanding. Read more >>>

Target audience

  • Professional computer users interested in the basic concepts, user commands and utility programs of a Linux/UNIX system.
Duration: 3 days       
Price € 1395,- plus VAT       

Scheduled dates

Currently scheduled course dates are:

13,14,15 Jun 2018   Utrecht   (in Dutch language) will not be cancelled This course will not be cancelled!
27,28,29 Jun 2018   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)
12,13,14 Sep 2018   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)
15,16,17 Oct 2018   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)
19,20,21 Nov 2018   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)
19,20,21 Dec 2018   Utrecht   (in Dutch language)

Register for this course: "Linux - UNIX part 1".

Detailed information about this course

The Linux/UNIX philosophy

Working with Linux/UNIX involves a certain philosophy. The user combines the effects of several independent programs by connecting them together and manipulating their input and output channels. By selecting these combinations in a creative way, results can be obtained without the need to have new programs built, as would be the case with other operating systems. The user manipulates the computer, instead of the other way around. This philosophy is the key ingredient of the "Linux/UNIX part 1" course, but many other factual items, both smaller and larger, will be covered as well.

As with all modern systems, working with Linux/UNIX involves the use of a graphical user interface. But the real power of the system can only be unleashed with the command language as available in the "command box". The major part of this course concentrates on this command language.

Prerequisite knowledge

This is an entry level course for the use of Linux and UNIX, but it is by no means a technically superficial course. Some experience with the use of computers in general is required. If in doubt, please call our course administration and talk to one of our teaching staff.

Technical content of the course

The course will cover:

  • Introduction: Role of the kernel. The origins of Linux/UNIX, and the stronger and weaker points of the system. Linux/UNIX versions en flavours. Graphical environment. General use of the command line. Login and logout. Keyboard conventions and online documentation.
  • Communication between users: Elektronic mail and direct transfer of messages (talk, write).
  • Search patterns: regular expressions.
  • The vi/vim editor.
  • Basic file management: Directories. File names, wildcards and file properties. Dot files. File contents. Copy, move, rename, create and delete files.
  • File protections: Protect individual files and groups of files. Modify file/directory protections with the chmod command. Umask. Numerical notation.
  • File system management: The term inode, mount file systems, hard en symbolic links to files. Access to devices via "device special files". Verify disk utilization with the du command. Search files/directories with the find command.
  • I/O redirection and pipe lines: Input and output of commands, redirection to/from files and pipes. Combine filter commands with pipes.
  • Filter commands: Properties of important filter commands, like grep, sort, uniq, head, tail, tee, wc, nl, cmp, diff and tr.
  • Process management: Possibilities of the shell and shell scripts. Shell variables. Profiles. Background and foreground processes, job control. Process-related commands, like ps and top. Properties of signals and the command kill. Priority of processes.
  • Linux/UNIX and networks: Introduction of network-wide communication facilities like remote login, file transfer en remote execute. Platform-independent commands, like telnet. The secure commands of the SSH family: ssh, slogin, scp and sftp. Directory-synchronisation with the rsync command.

Not covered in this course

  • Shell script programming, sed en awk; Please refer to our Linux/UNIX part 2 course for these topics.
  • System administration and installation.


Course attendees receive the following documentation:
  • A student pack with copies of the presentations, lab exercises, answers to the exercises, and background information.
  • A reference card with frequently used options of most Linux/UNIX commands.


Shortly after the course the student will receive a certificate as a proof of participation.

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