Linux (Unix) Administration

Linux is a free Unix system, which runs on all common types of computers. Linux will be the example system, but the material is applicable to other Unix systems like Solaris or BSD. Unix is a huge system built upon simple principles, and this course will aim to get students off to an informed start. The course will cover the principles of Unix: software tools, system calls, filesystems, devices, processes, and access control. We’ll discuss the basics of system administration: building the kernel, the boot process and configuration, shutdown, users and groups, backups, and basic security processes, firewalls, email, and filesystem sharing (NFS, SMB). Also, where to find help and documentation.

Instructor: Tavaris J. Thomas

The Retraining program is made possible through generous donations from the Robin Hood Foundation and Con Edison. The Retraining Program would also like to thank our individual donors for support.


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