The Linux operating system (OS) powers 98% of the world’s supercomputers, most Internet servers, millions of Android devices, cloud platforms, and more. With Linux as the foundation for so much technology and innovation, job opportunities continue to increase in areas like big data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, networking, programming, and software.

This course covers Essential skills for the Entry Level Linux professional that are common across all distributions of Linux. Participants learn the fundamental skills, Commands and approach needed to successfully start using Linux, and prepares them for more advanced Linux System Administration tasks. On successful completion of the course participants receive a Certificate of Course Completion from AFRALTI.

To receive the Linux Essentials certification one must:

  • have an understanding of the Linux and open source industry and knowledge of the most popular open source Applications;
  • understand the major components of the Linux operating system, and have the technical proficiency to work on the Linux command line; and
  • have a basic understanding of security and administration related topics such as user/group management, working on the command line, and permissions.

Topic 1: The Linux Community and a Career in Open Source

1.1 Linux Evolution and Popular Operating Systems

Description: Knowledge of Linux development and major distributions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Distributions
  • Embedded Systems
  • Linux in the Cloud


1.2 Major Open Source Applications

Description: Awareness of major applications as well as their uses and development.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Desktop applications
  • Server applications
  • Development languages
  • Package management tools and repositories


1.3 Open Source Software and Licensing

Description: Open communities and licensing Open Source Software for business.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Open source philosophy
  • Open source licensing
  • Free Software Foundation (FSF), Open Source Initiative (OSI)


1.4 ICT Skills and Working in Linux

Description: Basic Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills and working in Linux.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Desktop skills
  • Getting to the command line
  • Industry uses of Linux, cloud computing and virtualization


Topic 2: Finding Your Way on a Linux System

2.1 Command Line Basics

Description: Basics of using the Linux command line.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Basic shell
  • Command line syntax
  • Variables
  • Quoting


2.2 Using the Command Line to Get Help

Description: Running help commands and navigation of the various help systems.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Man pages
  • Info pages


2.3 Using Directories and Listing Files

Description: Navigation of home and system directories and listing files in various locations.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Files, directories
  • Hidden files and directories
  • Home directories
  • Absolute and relative paths


2.4 Creating, Moving and Deleting Files

Description: Create, move and delete files and directories under the home directory.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Files and directories
  • Case sensitivity
  • Simple globbing


Topic 3: The Power of the Command Line

3.1 Archiving Files on the Command Line

Description: Archiving files in the user home directory.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Files, directories
  • Archives, compression


3.2 Searching and Extracting Data from Files

Description: Search and extract data from files in the home directory.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Command line pipes
  • I/O redirection
  • Basic Regular Expressions using ., [ ], *, and ?


3.3 Turning Commands into a Script

Description: Turning repetitive commands into simple scripts.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Basic shell scripting
  • Awareness of common text editors (vi and nano)

Topic 4: The Linux Operating System

4.1 Choosing an Operating System

Description: Knowledge of major operating systems and Linux distributions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Differences between Windows, OS X and Linux
  • Distribution life cycle management


4.2 Understanding Computer Hardware

Description: Familiarity with the components that go into building desktop and server computers.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Hardware


4.3 Where Data is Stored 

Description: Where various types of information are stored on a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Programs and configuration
  • Processes
  • Memory addresses
  • System messaging
  • Logging


4.4 Your Computer on the Network

Description: Querying vital networking configuration and determining the basic requirements for a computer on a Local Area Network (LAN).

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Internet, network, routers
  • Querying DNS client configuration
  • Querying network configuration

Topic 5: Security and File Permissions

5.1 Basic Security and Identifying User Types

Description: Various types of users on a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Root and standard users
  • System users


5.2 Creating Users and Groups

Description: Creating users and groups on a Linux system.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • User and group commands
  • User IDs


5.3 Managing File Permissions and Ownership

Description: Understanding and manipulating file permissions and ownership settings.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • File and directory permissions and ownership


5.4 Special Directories and Files

Description: Special directories and files on a Linux system including special permissions.

Key Knowledge Areas:

  • Using temporary files and directories
  • Symbolic links

Target Audience

This training is meant for people who want to administer Linux based systems and also those who want to prepare for the LPI Linux Essential certification.


There are no prerequisites for this certification.

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