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Linux/UNIX fundamentals

This course gives a general introduction to UNIX and to Linux. It applies to all UNIX variants (AIX, Solaris, ...) and all Linux distributions (including z/Linux).

The course only treats the user aspects of the operating system and not the system aspects. In addition to the basic topics like the file system and the shell, and conceptual similarities and differences with other operating systems, it mainly focuses on the basic UNIX command set. Part of the course is dedicated to a sufficiently in-depth treatment of the vi editor. An important amount of time is spent to practical exercises.


datedur.lang.  location  price
28 Nov4?Leuven  (BE)1700 EUR  (excl. VAT)  guaranteed
04 Dec4EWoerden  (NL)1700 EUR  (exempt from VAT) 

Intended for

All potential users of UNIX or Linux, whether end-user, analyst, application developer or administrator.


Some general knowledge of computing principles is required. No UNIX or Linux background is necessary. Knowledge of a different operating system or of a programming language could be an advantage but is not needed.

Main topics

history and philosophy of UNIX and Linux • UNIX variants • organisation of the kernel • applications under UNIX/Linux

log on • basic commands • the shell and elementary commands • on-line help

file and directory structure • file manipulation commands • security

use of the Korn and bash shells • redirecting and pipes • wildcards • shell commands and shell variables • substitution

vi • different modes of operation (command — text editing) • find and replace • edit of different files • save

find (looking for files) • grep (looking for text patterns in a file) • sort • diff • using filters and pipes • ...

basic principle • sh, ksh, bash: differences • quoting • passing parameters • here documents • return codes

utilities: ftp, telnet, rsh, rsc, and their secure versions ssh, scp, sftp

Training method

Classroom instruction with hands-on exercises.


4 days.

Course leader

Koen De Backer, Guido Indesteege, Peter Vanroose, Kris Van Thillo.

Global score

4.1/5 (based on 630 evaluations)


A good way to learn the basis of Unix/Linux (, )
Prima! Echt een foundation training, waar je mee verder kunt. (, )
Zeer goed omdat het voor mij de eerste kennismaking was met Linux en niet te diep in detail ging (, )
prima cursus, soms erg snel (veel info op korte tijd) (, )
Goede cursus. Een heldere basis van waaruit verschillende onderwerpen worden belicht. (, )
Positief, draagt goed bij aan mij kennis (, )
Super, goede opbouw. Prettige docent. Continu rondlopen van docent was heel prettig. (, )
Goede mix van theorie en praktijk (, )
prima informatieve cursus (, )
Prima, perfect verzorgd. (, )

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