VanLUG is dedicated to educating Vancouverites about Linux and Open Source software. To that end, here are some links that help you educate yourself on the topic: Training

  1. Beginner
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

IBM – Linux Professional Institute: The links mentioned below provide an array of Linux tutorials, courtesy IBM. These tutorials are intended to help the candidates prepare for the Linux Professional Institute(LPI) Exam. One needs to register before accessing the material, but it’s free for all!

  1. Linux Kernel tutorial
  2. Linux System Startup tutorial
  3. Linux File Serving & Sharing Tutorial

VTC University: VTC University is well known for a lot of computer software training courses. Most of them need you to pay for an access. But VTC offers free Linux training material. You can access a few free video tutorials and can view them on QuickTime or Flash!’s Linux courses: is a well known website and form a part of the NYT. They offer a number of online courses for free. One can get the course material delivered directly to an email account on day-to-day or weekly basis, depending on the course! The website also hosts a lot of how-to’s, tutorials and a forum for Linux enthusiasts.

Begin Linux: Begin Linux also provides free Linux courses. You may have to register for a few courses. However, Guest login is allowed for most of the courses. This would mean no registration glitches. The courses are well designed and include textual as well as video content.

University of California at Davis – Professor Norm Matloff’s Tutorial Center for Linux/Unix: The link below leads to a great Linux and Unix tutorial center. All the tutorials are pretty much detailed and are available for free to both students and non-students of the university.

The Linux Tutorial: This website was started by author & systems admin Jay Mohr. He maintains a lot of free Linux tutorials on the website. Apart from the course material, one can find some good articles, glossary and a forum. All for free!

  1. Linux Basics
  2. Installing and Upgrading Linux

Linuxtopia – Linux Security for Beginners: It is a great learning website for beginners who wish to learn Linux security. It provides an in-depth knowledge of various concepts involving security of a *nix system. The left-menu bar allows easy navigation to other Linux courses as well. A must visit for a Linux security enthusiast.

Low Fat Linux – This website is a free course for learning Linux, a version of Unix that runs on ordinary personal computers.

  1. File systems
  2. Useful commands
  3. Text editors
  4. Data manipulation
  5. Shell programming
  6. Email tools
  7. Compression, Encoding and Encryption
  8. Accesing DOS and Windows Files
  9. Adding & Removing Software with RPM

Introduction to Linux at the University of South Carolina – A simple introductory tutorial of slides in PDF format, this course material shares basic information about what Linux is, the different versions – or distributions – available, and how to use it. Files, folders, pages, commands and writing script are some of the topics and tools this course covers.

UNIX/Linux Tutorial for Beginners at the University of Surrey – Eight free tutorials offer fundamental definitions and exercises for UNIX and Linux systems. Useful tasks students may learn include using directories, copying and moving files, killing a process, stripping unnecessary code, getting help, file system security and redirection. Each tutorial provides a helpful summary of commands and their meanings.

Free Linux Training Videos These free Linux training videos from TrainSignal provides thorough introductions for both Fedora Linux and Ubuntu Linux. Learn about the advantages of installing Linux in a VMware virtual machine and why the KDE Desktop Environment is favored by many Linux users.

  1. KDE Desktop Environment for Linux Users – KDE is the second most popular desktop environment for Linux users behind Gnome. In this video, Linux expert Veronica Henry provides an overview of the KDE environment for Linux users.
  2. How To Install Linux in a VMware Virtual Machine – Installing Linux in a Virtual Machine allows you to test the operating system without making a commitment. In this video I’ll show you how to install Fedora Linux in VMware Workstation so you can keep your current OS and use Linux in your VM.
  3. Introduction to Fedora Linux – Fedora is extremely customizable, stable, and is sponsored by the enterprise version of Red Hat Linux. Learn about Fedora’s unique features, installation options, as well as how to navigate and customize it.
  4. Introduction to Ubuntu Linux – In this video you’ll learn the basics of the Ubuntu Linux desktop environment and the productivity software options that are available to you for free.
  5. From Windows to Linux: Transitioning to Ubuntu Linux – In this video we’ll review the applications that come pre-installed with Ubuntu, as well as how to add and remove new software. If you’re curious about how much you can customize your desktop, Linux doesn’t disappoint.


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