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The practice machine is up, but will be shut down on 20 February!

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The IT administration of the OU has informed me that the practice machine will be shut down on the 20 February without replacement. Please back up your work before that.
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This self-paced, remote workshop in multiple-parts is your first encounter with the Unix shell and its command interface which is at the heart of Unix/Linux. In six units of 2 to 3 hours of work each, this course makes the novice able to navigate confidently in a text terminal. This builds the foundation which is needed for any course involving Linux.


After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • distinguish UNIX from Linux
  • explain the features and advantages of Linux
  • navigate in the file hierarchy in Linux
  • create and maintain directories and files using commands
  • interrogate key parameters of the operating system environment
  • edit text files using a Unix text editor
  • communicate with other users in the same system using command tools

Course contents


The participants need to have:

  • a laptop or a PC with the latest version of a main stream browser - Firefox, Chrome/Chromium, Edge or Safari - running. Tablets and smart phones are acceptable for passive content but not for the hands-on part.
  • a stable Internet connection
  • A good user-level experience with any computer system.


Throughout the participants are required to submit their home work on to the learning platform. The home work will be continuously assessed; they determine the outcome of the course.

The pass marks are always 60%. Which means, to pass an activity you have to score 60% of the available points. To pass the whole course you have to earn 60% of the total points.

Course schedule

In this case study you will see how quickly a development environment can be installed on your laptop and start developing. All Free and Open Source Software!

In this module you install the virtualization software Oracle VirtualBox on your computer and run the Linux server image given to you. Then you will develop a couple of basic applications to learn how it works!

Please note that this is a demanding exercise for those you who haven't have some skill, as demonstrated in the two previous modules. Apart from that, you need a fairly powerful computer running a modern operating system and with 4 core, 1 GB RAM and 5 GB disk space to spare,. As the host system Windows 10 and 11, current Mac and Linux are supported.

A closed group of students getting prepared for careers in IT