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Recommendation: Introduction to Linux (LFS101x)


While I have been quite happy with sites like Coursera, Udacity, Codecademy, edX etc. etc. Sites where you can study Computer Sciences, among st one of the many subjects, online for free. I always wondered why Linux was the great missing factor on all these sites. Well that has changed  photo cheerlie.gif

I am happy to announce that edX will start a free online Linux introductory course  photo worshippy.gif It will start in the 3rd quarter of 2014. You can sign up here.

I would love to hear from people who followed this course  photo thumbsup.gif

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Recommendation: Linux/Unix Command Line course at Memrise


This course is created shamgar and it is an introduction course to the basics Command Line and consists of 7 levels. If you are new to Linux or decided to finally sit down and master that scary beast( photo bloos.gif) called CLI, I would highly recommend to do his course first. To be fair, I consider this course a warm up course to the more advanced and sometimes abstract Shell-Fu course.

I know that the best way of learning CLI is buy actually using the Command Line, but I also believe having the basics ingrained in your brain will go a long way  photo nodding.gif If you are studying for Linux Essentials or LPIC-1, I highly recommend to go through the Linux/UNIX Command Line course first. It will only take an hour or two to get through it, but you will benefit so much from finishing this small course first!

In matter of fact, I see the Linux/UNIX Command Line course as necessary additional practice in order to pass the basic Linux exams. Take a look:



Also shamgar’s explanation of grep, pipe and pwd made me finally understand those commands  photo worshippy.gif ( Avid readers of this blog, know this is not my first basic command line course  photo emo.gif)

There are two minor things that I would like see differently though, first of all this Ruby specific command “tail -f log/development.log” seems to be out of place in this course  photo confused.gif The second thing is I would have liked if there was a level or section where you can learn/practice things about  “man”  and “info“.

Other then those two things,  this is a great course and most definitely a must do for Linux beginners!


Coursera starts a Python course on the 15th of April!

The course is called “An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python”   and it’s free  photo thumbsup.gif  The course will cover Python 2.

Coursera is unfortunately one of those institutions that hasn’t implemented signing in by Google, Facebook etc. yet. But from what I’ve heard and read they give awesome classes. So it I think it is worth going through another sign up process again.

Since you’ve asked  photo piwink.gif no, I will not be joining that class.