Linux Training - Welcome
Welcome to the Linux Training Course & Materials Project. This site has the
following basic objectives:
- To distribute free, high quality, linux training materials under an open source licence
- To encourage the production and development of such materials
- To encourage the widest possible use of such materials
Please visit our Linux Training Courses section for details of our publicly scheduled and on-site Linux training.
To learn more about the Linux Training Materials Project, click the
Project link in the left margin. Click the same link for details on
delivering training with our materials and for details on how to
contribute new modules or courses to the project.
To get our free training materials click the Download link.
Downloading implies agreement to the open source licence under which
they are released. The licence, plus instructions for extracting,
formatting, viewing and printing the Lecture notes are accessed from the
The Linux Training Materials Project is an initiative of GBdirect,
Europe's leading provider of corporate Linux training. To learn about
the company and its activities, click the About Us link. Details of
public and in-house Linux courses delivered by GBdirect themselves can
be accessed by clicking on the Courses link.
Expertise and Experience in Linux and Unix
Our Linux trainers have been using the OS since its first stable kernel release (1.0) in 1994.
In 1997, after a long period of testing and evaluation, we knew and trusted the OS well enough to commit our entire head office infrastructure to Linux. Now there is barely a non-Linux machine in the building and some of our staff have never worked on anything else.
Philosophy: Linux Implements Unix/POSIX Standards
In all of the past years' Linux hype, countless journalists failed to notice that Linux is Unix in all but legal title and that differences between most flavours of Unix and Linux are trivial (at least in comparison with the fundamental differences between versions of MS Windows).
All modern Unixes operate in fundamentally the same way, because they all implement the same set of international standards ('Single Unix' and POSIX) governing the interaction of applications and hardware. Everything Unices do is built on these standards and Linux implements them more consistently than many. That's one of the reasons why Linux could be so easily ported to virtually every hardware platform available.
A fundamental understanding of Linux not only provides a good grounding in Unix it also encourages platform independent skills in general computing, e.g. in system administration, programming, network management, security, etc. Because it is open and standards based, Linux bares the system's internals to its administrator and can only be managed well by those who understand underlying computing principles. We aim to develop that kind of understanding.