Introduction to UNIX

Introduction to UNIX online course
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Introduction to UNIX

If you are interested in learning the basics of the UNIX operating system, this class is for you! UNIX has become increasingly popular since its meager beginnings as an obscure mainframe operating system. Over the years UNIX has evolved into the many operating systems that acts as the engine for the Internet and recently crept into our desktops in the form of Apple's OS X and Linux. This six-week class will give you a comprehensive overview of modern UNIX systems. Some of the topics we will cover include how to create and manage users, exploring the UNIX file system, editing and managing files, setting up networking, and compiling your own applications.

Applicable Job Roles: web programmers, web application developers, and webmasters.

Week 1:
  • A brief history of UNIX
  • Architecture of the UNIX/Linux OS and the UNIX file system
  • Typical UNIX Directory Structure
  • Logging in and out of UNIX systems
  • Connecting to remote machines
  • Shutting down and starting up the system
  • Manual Pages
  • Account Basics
  • Managing Users and Groups
  • Managing Accounts and Groups
  • Becoming Another User
  • User and Group Related Commands
Week 2:
  • File System Basics
  • Navigating the File System
  • File Types and Links
  • Modifying File and Directory Permissions
  • Viewing, Creating, Modifying, and Removing Files
  • Making File Systems Accessible
  • Environment Variables
  • Understanding the Path
  • Choosing and Configuring a Shell
Week 3:
  • Anatomy of a Command
  • Finding Information about Commands and Command Modification
    • Man
    • Info
    • Apropos
    • Metacharacters
  • Input and Output Redirection
  • Working with Files and Directories
    • Is
    • cd
  • Common File Manipulation Commands
    • more/less
    • mv
    • cp
    • rm
    • touch
    • wc
  • File Ownership and Permissions
Week 4:
  • Using the Vi Editor
    • Moving within a File
    • Searching Files
    • Exiting and Saving a File
    • Editing Files
    • Alternatives to Vi
  • Using SFTP and FTP
  • More Advanced Commands
    • grep
    • find
    • sort
    • tee
    • script
    • wc
  • Job Control and Process Management
    • What is a Process?
    • Shell Scripts
    • What Processes Are Running?
    • System Processes
    • Process Attributes
    • Stopping Processes
  • The /proc File System 194
Week 5:
  • Network Address, Subnetworks, Netmasks, and Routing
  • Setting Up a Unix System for a TCP/IP Network
    • DHCP and Static addressing
    • Sending a TCP/IP Network Request
    • Answering a TCP/IP Network Request
  • Network Management Tools
    • Tracking the Performance of a Network with Traceroute
    • Firewalls
    • Routinely Checking Network Latency
  • Introduction to Perl Programming for Unix Automation
  • Backup Tools and Commands
    • Using tar
    • Compressing with gzip and bzip2
    • cpio
    • dumb, backup, and restore
    • Other backup commands
Week 6:
  • Understanding Source Code
  • Open Source Licensing
  • Finding and Downloading Unix Software
  • Building and Installing Applications
  • Introducing make, makefiles, and make targets
  • The Makefile
    • Tools to Help Create Makefiles
    • GNU Compilation Tools
    • diff and patch
  • Unix for Mac OS X Users
    • A Very Brief History of Mac OS X
    • Folders Are Directories Too
    • Unix and Mac OS X/ Command and GUI Equivalents
    • Differences between Mac OS X and Other Unix Systems
  • Unix for Windows Users
    • Structural Comparison
    • Major Administrative Tools Comparisons
    • Popular Programs Comparison
    • Using Unix within Windows
    • Using Windows within Unix
General knowledge of networking concepts.
Students will require access to a computer capable of running a UNIX operating system. The required book contains a Live DVD of the Knoppix Linux operating system that can be run without modifying a standard PC. This DVD allows you simply reboot the computer and boot off the DVD drive. This Live DVD will not modify or destroy any data on any existing hard drives. Students are encouraged to install their own UNIX/Linux OS on existing hardware or a Virtual Machine and recommendations will be given within the class. However, installation support will not be provided if students choose to install. Apple OS X users already have a full-fledged UNIX so all they will need is their Mac. If you plan on using OS X, please ensure that you have at least version 10.4 (Tiger) or higher.
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Course Price
  • Member Price: $100 US
  • Non-Member Price: $200.00 US
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Additional Information:
Your place in the course is confirmed by your payment. Introductory courses are intended for students with no experience in the subject matter and are seeking beginner level training.

Refund Policy: Please read our "Terms and Refund Policy" before registering for this course.

Additional Cost: Book and software migh be required for the course. Read the Requirements and Book section for more information. Course fee does not include the book and software cost .

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How eClasses Work:Instructors post lectures, reading selections, and hands-on assignments once a week in the online classroom. Students can discuss the assignments with the instructor and amongst themselves in the classroom area. This format has no set meeting time, which allows students to attend class at a time most convenient to them, yet still provides logically organized communication between class participants. Students can apply for the completion certificate after finishing the class. Web Study certificate is also available. Click on the Certificates link on the top navigation bar for more information.


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