Suse Linux Essentials

4 Day Course
Hands On
Code SLE

This course has been retired. Anyone needing to learn Linux basics is advised to consider the Linux Introduction course instead.


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An Introduction to Linux (11 topics)

  • A brief history of UNIX and LINUX
  • GNU project
  • GPL - GNU General Public license (Copyleft)
  • The LINUX kernel
  • Common Distributions of LINUX available
  • Common Shells
  • Login sessions
  • Entering commands in the Shell
  • Basic syntax rules
  • Essential keyboard shortcuts
  • Basic commands and utilities

The Graphical Environment (3 topics)

  • The X Window System
  • The GNOME Desktop
  • Configuring the Desktop

Basic Commands (7 topics)

  • Getting Help - man pages, info, /usr/share/doc
  • Sources of information available on the WEB
  • Basic File handling commands
  • Printing and locating files
  • Filename wildcard characters
  • Command Aliases
  • Command line history, viewing and re-executing

The Linux File System (8 topics)

  • The file system structure
  • Standard Linux directories and files
  • Pathnames: relative and absolute
  • Navigating the file system using shell commands
  • Managing files and directories
  • Links
  • Graphical file managers
  • Backup using tar

File Access Control (8 topics)

  • File access criteria
  • Users and groups
  • Basic file access permissions
  • List permissions
  • Changing file permissions
  • Default file permissions
  • Extended permissions and file attributes
  • Switching users and user groups

Redirection and Pipes (4 topics)

  • Input and Output redirection
  • Overwriting and appending output redirection
  • Using pipes to connect processes together
  • Teeing output within pipelines

The VI/VM Editors (5 topics)

  • Introduction to text file editing
  • Basic commands
  • Copying and moving text
  • Search and replace features
  • Reading and writing from files

Processes (9 topics)

  • Time-sharing
  • What is a process?
  • System and user processes
  • Monitoring processes
  • Killing processes
  • Managing background processes
  • Using Job control
  • Altering Process scheduling priorities
  • Desktop tools to monitor and manage processes

More Basic Commands (4 topics)

  • Finding files
  • Searching the contents of text files
  • Sorting files
  • Miscellaneous file handling commands

The Bash Environment (6 topics)

  • What is an environment?
  • Environmental variables
  • The system/user profiles
  • The shell start up file
  • Using variables
  • Bash shell options

Bash Shell Scripting Basics (5 topics)

  • What is a shell script?
  • Creating and executing shell scripts
  • User interaction
  • Command line arguments
  • Decision constructs using the 'if' statement

Bash Shell Scripting (3 topics)

  • Case statement
  • Looping constructs: for/while/until
  • Functions

Basic Networking Commands (6 topics)

  • Remote login
  • Using the secure shell: ssh
  • Copying files with scp
  • Using ftp and sftp
  • Displaying networking information
  • Testing access to a remote host


The delegate should be familiar with basic computer concepts and terminology e.g. hardware, software, files and directories.

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