Welcome to “Linux fundamentals,” the first of four tutorials designed to prepare you for the Linux Professional Institute’s 101 exam. In this tutorial, we’ll introduce you to bash (the standard Linux shell), show you how to take full advantage of standard Linux commands like ls, cp, and mv, explain inodes and hard and symbolic links, and much more. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a solid grounding in Linux fundamentals and will even be ready to begin learning some basic Linux system administration tasks. By the end of this series of tutorials (eight in all), you’ll have the knowledge you need to become a Linux Systems Administrator and will be ready to attain an LPIC Level 1 certification from the Linux Professional Institute if you so choose.
This particular tutorial (Part 1) is ideal for those who are new to Linux, or those who want to review or improve their understanding of fundamental Linux concepts like copying and moving files, creating symbolic and hard links, and using Linux’ standard text-processing commands along with pipelines and redirection. Along the way, we’ll share plenty of hints, tips, and tricks to keep the tutorial meaty and practical, even for those with a good amount of previous Linux experience. For beginners, much of this material will be new, but more experienced Linux users may find this tutorial to be a great way of rounding out their fundamental Linux skills.
For those who have taken the release 1 version of this tutorial for reasons other than LPI exam preparation, you probably don’t need to take this one. However, if you do plan to take the exams, you should strongly consider reading this revised tutorial.
All 4 tutorials!