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Linux is one of the most popular Operating Systems used in today's world. Linux refers to the family of Unix-like computer operating systems using the Linux kernel. Linux can be installed on a wide variety of computer hardware, ranging from mobile phones, tablet computers and video game consoles to mainframes and supercomputers.

It is an opensource software and the Linux kernel is released under the GNU General Public License and hence can be freely created, modified and distributed.

Linux is actually just a kernel. Many people have put together distributions (often called flavors), that contain not just the kernel but also many other programming tools and utilities. Some well-known distributions include Red Hat Linux, Ubuntu, SuSE Linux, and Debian GNU/Linux.

The real power of Linux can be tapped by using its wide and powerful storehouse of commands which need to be typed in on the terminal. The reason behind this is the fact that Linux can trace its intellectual heritage, if not its source code, to the Unix OS. Unix was developed much before GUI environments were dreamt of. Thus, Unix (and hence Linux) provides a wide array of flexible text-mode commands.

In this tutorial we would mainly concentrate on how to use the wide variety of commands of Linux to handle files,directories,processes etc. These tutorials are created using Ubuntu version 9.04 and above. Please see the associated text box of individual spoken tutorials on the website to decide the versions of Linux OS to which it is applicable.

The Spoken Tutorial Effort for Linux is being contributed by Ms. Antara De from IIT Bombay and Mr. Anirban Roy Choudhury. Other contributors who helped in the creation of the scripts include Mr. Neel Mehta from IIT Bombay who has contributed the lesson on 'Shell Scripting' and Mr. Shahid Ali Farooqui who has contributed the lesson on 'File Attributes'.

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Introduction to Linux - Novice

  1. Getting Started    
    • What is Linux
    • Difference between Unix, Linux and GNU
    • Different Linux Distributions
    • Installation of Linux from Windows (By Wubi Installer )
    • Dual Boot
    • The GNOME desktop
    • The terminal window
  2. Basic Commands    
    • Commands with example
    • Command interpreter
    • Shell
    • Using man
    • Apropos
    • Whatis
    • Using --help option
  3. General Purpose Utilities in Linux    
    • echo
    • uname
    • who
    • passwd
    • date
    • cal
    • Brief overview on Files and directories
    • pwd
    • ls
    • cat
  4. File System    
    • File
    • Directory
    • File Inode
    • Types of Files
    • Home directory and Current directory
    • Change Directory(cd)
    • mkdir,rmdir
  5. Working with Regular Files    
    • cat
    • rm
    • cp
    • mv
    • cmp
    • wc
  6. File Attributes    
    • chown, chmod, chmod -R, displaying files with ls -l
    • chmod u+, chmod a-w, chmod g+w, chmod -r, chgrp
    • inode, hard link, symbolic link
  7. The Shell    
    • What is shell
    • Different types of shells
    • Wildcards
    • Escaping and Quoting
    • Escaping and Quoting
  8. Redirection Pipes    
    • Input,output and error stream
    • Redirection : > and >>
    • Pipes : |
  9. Working with Linux Process    
    • Process
    • Shell process
    • Process spawning - parent and child process
    • Process attributes - pid, ppid
    • Init Process
    • User process & System process
    • ps with options
  10. The Linux Environment    
    • Environment variable vs Local variables
    • set command
    • env command
    • history
    •  ! and ~
    • alias
  11. Basics of System Administration    
    • Root login-su
    • User management - UID, GID, useradd, usermod, userdel
    • Discs – Du, df
  12. Simple filters    
    • Head
    • tail
    • sort
    • cut
    • paste

Introduction to Linux - Intermediate

  1. The grep command and Regular Expressions    
    • Search using grep
    • Various options - i,v,n,c,e
    • Pattern
    • Regular expression - character class, .(dot), ^, $, extended regular expression
  2. The sed command    
    • stream
    • editor
    • display
    • substitute
    • insert
    • delete
  3. Basics of awk    
    • Awk Preliminaries
    • Selection criteria
    • action
    • Formatted printing - printf
    • Fields and -F option
    • Regular expressions
    • NR - number of records
    • Variables
  4. Programming with awk    
    • Reading the program from a file (-f)
    • The BEGIN & END section
    • Control Constructs
  5. Advanced features of awk    
    • Array
    • Function
  6. Simple Filters    
    • grep
    • sed
  7. Basics of Shell Scripting    
    • variables
    • Logical Operators
    • Arithmatic Operators -expr,test etc.
    • Conditional Construct -if,case etc.
    • Looping construct - for,while etc.
    • Example script
  8. Networking tools    
    • Ping
    • Telnet
    • ftp
    • ssh
    • scp & sftp
  9. More about Linux Process    
    • Fork
    • Exec
    • Wait
    • Nice
    • Kill with options
    • Cron, crontab

Contributors and Content Editors

Ashwini, Gaurav, Lavitha Pereira, Minal, Nancyvarkey, PoojaMoolya