Linux courses are available through certificate programs that focus specifically on teaching students how to use the Linux operating system. They can also be included in associates, bachelor's, and master's degree programs in network security and computer programming. Certification programs are administered through the Linux Professional Institute.
Linux topics such as those described below are often included in programs related to computer security and programming:
- Operating system administration and maintenance
- Package utilities and updates
- User accounts and permissions
- Alternative software to Microsoft Office, such as Apache OpenOffice
- Shell software and commands
- Text editors
List of Courses
Introductory Linux Course
This beginning Linux course covers the fundamentals of using Linux and Unix. The course trains students to use different file systems, tables, and graphs for data organization, command line functions, and text editors. They practice basic user operations and learn the beginning steps of many of the more difficult parts of using Linux.
Basics of Network Security
Through this intermediate course, students study the tools hackers use to break into a computer network and begin learning methods that can prevent this. They learn how to create and maintain firewalls and set up notifications to find intruders. In addition to protecting the systems from hackers, they also learn ways to protect them from malicious software.
Linux Systems Administration
This intermediate course provides students with the ability to administer Linux systems through device configuration, hardware installation, and systems management. Students build on skills acquired in previous Linux and computer network courses to set up user administration protocols and manage their accounts and disk space. Students typically gain practical experience setting up and maintaining the computer system and troubleshooting techniques are introduced.
This advanced course applies the basics of network security specifically to Linux systems. Students gain practical experience administering security protocol and setting up methods for user identification, firewalls, and access control. They practice methods for monitoring the system overall and study common encryption methods used to stop malicious viruses and codes. These techniques provide the ability to protect the operating systems, computer hardware, and networks.
Students taking this course gain hands-on experience installing, running, maintaining, and administering software programs that run on Linux. This course often includes additional training operating the Unix system for instances when the two overlap. The majority of this Linux class focuses on configuring and operating the networks and their various software programs. Students study specific troubleshooting methods as well.