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Old 06-04-2010, 01:10 AM   #1
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Question Looking for good Linux elearning courses

I'd like to find some good elearning courses that teach someone Linux, from the basics, all the way up to intermediate system administration, including using the command line, and shell scripting.

Can anyone recommend some good courses? The ones at are over $1,000. That's a bit much. I don't mind paying, but more than a few hundred dollars, is too much.

Thanks for any advice
Old 06-04-2010, 01:26 AM   #2
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The best way to learn Linux in my opinion is to just get your hands dirty Download as many distributions as you can, install each and every one of them one by one, solving the problems you encounter and 'analyzing' what happens. When in doubt or encountering errors you can post them here and the LQ community will provide an answer.

In the meantime, instead of spending money on someone to take you by the hand, read - read - read. There are a lot of very good sites that provide full documentation. It's impossible to obtain the knowledge you're seeking overnight (not even over years). The only thing you can do in my opinion is take a starting point and kick off. I'm sure that 'playing' with Linux by installing with trial and error has been the best learning practice for a lot of Linux users (and even advanced admins started there).

If you have money to spend, you can have a look at these elearning Linux

Looking for documentation?
The Linux Documentation Project
Linux man pages
Bash Guide for Beginners
Linux Online lessons
Getting started with Linux

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Here you'll find some very good e-learning material:
Hope it helps
Old 06-04-2010, 06:29 AM   #4
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Linux topia is a good site.
Here is one more interesting link if you are interested.

I will suggest you to download a software called wubi.exe
it is an installer for Ubuntu and it will install Linux for you.In a folder in Windows as any other software is installed on Windows.
If you are new to linux go this way.After reboot you will be able login to Linux and browse net also.
These days Ubuntu people have made life very easy.
There were days when I had to download 5 Cds of Fedora Core 3 or Boot using a Floppy drive.
When I started learning Linux most of the time I faced problems that a command which you get on internet wont
work the way you have read a blog or tutorial.
I had a very tough time those days.For example you wish to have a Lan card driver installed and Fedora will not come by default with kernel-headers you Googled and came across some thing and that would fail.
When I learned I did not even had internet with me.So the problem was even worse.

I used Ubuntu and I am extremely satisfied with it.

There is a
small tutorial given on these pages for basics This tutorial is for every one
either expert or Newbie any thing for
networking to customisation can be found here
This is the link maintained by Red Hat the Documents on various topics
are very helpful but you wont need it currently.
any thing can be seen here just below the list box there is a long
list of various thinng open any link u will get things to customize
linux and also many other services like running directory servers

an ebook is available for free Legally.

Hope this helps.

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:30 AM   #5
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Back in the dark ages of the 20th century, well before there were even live CDs, I started by checking out What was even then) an old copy of the Red Hat Linux Bible. Installed RH5 from the included CD, and just went through the book trying things as I went. If I were doing it today, I'd use a reasonably up-to-date book and a bootable USB flash drive with persistent storage. Distro doesn't matter - if there's a book for it, it's popular enough that you can easily get help via the web when you get stuck.

Good luck!
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In my experience the best way to start in Linux is "Learn Linux Complete" on DVDs:
I had zillion books on Linux but nothing compares to it. This thing really teaches command line.
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I have one suggestion for elearning Course.... Can we use elearning course through LMS.
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Who is going to teach you?
Old 09-06-2010, 04:48 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by cosaides View Post
I'd like to find some good elearning courses that teach someone Linux, from the basics, all the way up to intermediate system administration, including using the command line, and shell scripting.
I don't know of any single medium, whether it is e-learning, website or book, that covers all of that.

This is the nearest that I get:

Essential System Admin: Frisch (a book)
Beginning Linux Programming (Matthew & Stones: (the three first chapters, on the linux env, and shell programming) Wrox press, but I have a suspicion that different editions are very different)

Linuxhomenetworking (essentially, the same as 'The Linux Quick Fix Notebook'; the book is more readable, but the website is more up to date, unless there has been a new edition)
DNS and Bind (a book; concentrates on Bind, which you should probably avoid, as opposed to DNS, which you can't, but the first few chapters on networking are particularly clear)

Bash Scripting
I'm not all that keen on some of the 'standard works' on bash scripting, but try this, this (although, you need to dig around a bit to find the various things that you are interested in), this, and move on to a side order of this.

The 'Speaking Unix' series here, has much to commend it, but I struggle to pull out just one link for you, so you'll have to do your own searching in the page above.

And, on a more general note, you get useful links for almost anything Linux by searching for 'tutorial' and the Linux specialism in which you are interested....particularly if you do it here.
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FTA - Free Technology Academy -
Official Ubuntu Documentation - Learn the Linux command line. Write shell scripts -
The Linux Documentation Project -
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The Art of Unix Programming -
Bash Guide for Beginners -
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide -
Linux Knowledge Base and Tutorial -


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