UNIX Fundamentals: Overview

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UNIX is a computer operating system developed in 1969 by AT&T at Bell Labs and has evolved into many variants across a broad range of computing devices. Today, UNIX's many 'flavors' are used for a wide variety of commercial and personal applications. Commercial UNIX systems include Oracle Solaris, IBM AIX and HP-UX. There are also a large number of UNIX-like operating systems including Linux, Mac OSX and variants of BSD. This course is an overview that introduces the learner to the basics of UNIX, including a brief history of UNIX and the various brands of UNIX and Linux; the various implementations of UNIX, either in a network or single workstation environment; UNIX's basic user interfaces, from command line to the X Window System; and some fundamental UNIX commands, such as logging in or out of a UNIX system and performing basic UNIX file operations.

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Individuals and companies who want to get a thorough grounding in UNIX principles and operation.

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UNIX Fundamentals: Overview

  • recognize the basic principles of UNIX
  • describe the historical development of UNIX
  • describe UNIX standards
  • recognize the advantages of UNIX as a server
  • describe the differences between UNIX's commercial and open source distributions
  • choose a UNIX distribution, given a scenario
  • distinguish between UNIX implementations in network environments
  • describe UNIX's implementation on standalone computers
  • perform the basics of using a UNIX system
  • log into a UNIX system
  • perform basic UNIX file tasks
  • log out of a UNIX system
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