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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
19 Feb4NLeuven  (BE)1700 EUR  (excl. VAT) 
20 Mar4EWoerden  (NL)1700 EUR  (exempt from VAT) 
23 Apr4ELeuven  (BE)1700 EUR  (excl. VAT) 
29 May4NWoerden  (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 614 evaluations)


very good (, )
Goed tot uistekend: hands on approach en prima verhouding theorie/praktijk (, )
Very good, learned a lot in little time. Good and detailed explanation of the course material (, )
Good, however too much content for 4 days (, )
goed, precies wat is ervan verwacht heb (, )
Goede cursus. Een heldere basis van waaruit verschillende onderwerpen worden belicht. (, )
goede inhoud en dynamiek (, )
Goede cursus, om bij te houden is enige voorkennis (al eens gewerkt hebben met) wel van belang. (, )
Goed, duidelijke uitleg. (, )
als beginner een prima cursus om kennis te maken met unix (, )

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