Linux Operating System Fundamentals

This course provides a simple and conceptual introduction to the fundamentals of the Linux Operating System.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,173 ratings)
24,921 students
Linux Operating System Fundamentals
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (1,173 ratings)
24,930 students
The absolute basics of the Linux operating system
What Linux is, how it's used, and why it's important
A foundational knowledge of how to use Linux


  • No prerequisites or requirements, you can get started now
  • A desire to learn the basics of Linux
  • No additional hardware or software required, just your personal computer

This course is for the absolute beginner. Have you ever wanted to know, in very simple terms, the answers to the following questions: 

  • What is Linux and how does it work?

  • Why is Linux important?

  • What is the purpose of an operating system? 

  • How did Linux become such a big part of the IT industry? 

If you answered yes, then this course is for you. Our goal with this course is to provide a simple, conceptual introduction to the fundamentals of Linux as an operating system. There are no technical explanations or definitions to memorize - this course is visual, and strictly conceptual. When you are done with this course, you will have the foundation to move forward onto more advanced Linux courses. And by having the frame-of-reference understanding from this course, you will be more prepared to tackle the more complex technical concepts and terminology.

As an added bonus to all who enroll, we have made a select group of Linux Academy's Hands-On Labs and flashcards available for free to all students who wish to take advantage of them. Instructions on how to access these bonus features will be provided during the course. 

(NOTE: These bonus features are not a required part of the course. They are an addition you can choose if you so wish.)

Who this course is for:
  • The Linux Operating System Fundamentals course is for the absolute beginner
  • You want to build a basic foundation for working with Linux systems
  • You want a high-level understanding of how operating systems work
Course content
6 sections • 15 lectures • 1h 46m total length
  • About this Course
  • About the Instructor
  • Free Linux Academy Community Account (required for bonus labs and flashcards)
  • Quick History of Operating Systems
  • Popular Operating Systems
  • How Linux Came to Be
  • GNU and the Free Software Foundation
  • The Open Source Initiative
  • Components of a Linux Distribution
  • RPM-Based Distributions
  • Debian Based Distributions
  • Server Systems
  • Mobile Devices
  • Cloud Infrastructure
  • Next Steps for Further Study

Instructor at Linux Academy
Linux Academy
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  • 618,122 Students
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Linux Academy was founded on the belief that providing high-quality, in-depth training should be available at an affordable price. We strive to change lives by teaching Linux and cloud technology. Students can learn new skills, get certified, and advance in their career. 

Our full-time, expert instructors create content on AWS, Linux, OpenStack, DevOps, Azure, and Big Data.