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About the Courses

Intended Audience

If you have never used a computer before, then these courses are not for you.

The course is designed for use as a self-paced training aid. However, it can also be used in a class environment.

The course is suitable for people who are familiar with computing in general, and would like to "Learn Linux" for the purpose of using it as part of a business information technology (IT) strategy. If you wish to use, or consider using, Linux and have an interest in topics such as Systems Administration, Network Administration, or Systems Engineering, then the courses are for you.

General Prerequisites

In order to take part in the courses students should already have the following:

  • A computer.

  • Knowledge of PC Computers (operating systems, hardware).

  • Knowledge of network communications.

  • Aptitude for programming.

A connection to the Internet is helpful, but not required.

Be prepared, for the duration of this course you will be working with the Command Line Interface (CLI), or what is known as the "Console". In other words, you will not have any use for your mouse since there will be no Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment, all the action takes place at the command prompt.

Minimum Equipment Specification

To run Linux from the console does not require a very powerful computer, a Pentium 100 with 32 MB of memory and 500 MB of hard drive space would be more than enough.

Of course the more recent Linux distributions (distro's), like Red Hat Enterprise 3 and SuSE Linux 9 would need a computer with more capabilities than a Pentium 1.

Course Overview

The complete course is contained in six books. Each book focuses on a different aspect of learning Linux and is a natural platform for progression to the next book in the set.

When approached in sequence, the level of technical knowledge is increased and knowledge provided by the previous book is assumed. The course is therefore designed to be approached in sequence, from beginning to end, but you can choose a customized track and complete only the sections that interest you.

The courses, in sequence, are as follows:

A Note on Course Outcomes

The definitions of "course outcomes" provided are merely guidelines to equivalent knowledge. As you know if you have a talent for working with computers or if you are an extremely hard-worker who is prepared to play with the operating system until you are sure of yourself, then you are likely to not need to follow these guidelines and you will exceed the qualification levels that are suggested here.

Therefore, when we say below that your knowledge would be equivalent to a "System Administrator", what we are really saying is that although you will have an extensive knowledge of Linux (we have structured the courses to ensure that there are sufficient labs and exercises), the additional knowledge - the knowledge of specific company set-ups or specific pieces of hardware - will still have to be gained by your experience.

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