The Best Sources for Free Unix and Linux Education Online

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This article will cover a few online sources for free Unix and Linux courses and tutorials. Interested students can study these subjects at their own convenience and learn about programming, security and use of these operating systems.
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Free Unix and Linux Courses

Unix and Linux courses online come from different websites where users and learners can interact with each other. Topics covered include programming, file systems, and security.

Wikibooks

Wikibooks offers a free online guide to Unix. A variety of topics are covered, including storage, networking, electronic mail, and security.

Developer's Daily

Developer's Daily provides interested individuals with an 88-page Unix training manual. Filesystem commands for Unix will be covered.

Hiraeth

This online tutorial is authored by Alan Dix. The course is separated into two units. Topics covered include command line arguments, text-based screen applications, and handling multiple I/O streams.

About.com

About.com offers a free online Linux tutorial. The course is separated into 14 weekly lessons, covering things like files and folders, printers and scanners, accessing the Internet, and using the desktop.

Virtual Training Company

This website offers video lectures on Linux. Authored by Arthur Griffith, the first three chapters of the course are available for free. These chapters cover an introduction to the course and Linux, the file system, and disk drives and device nodes.

Linuxtopia

This website provides individuals with a free online tutorial on Linux security. Course topics include firewalls, Linux services, and wireless security.

Linux.org

Linux.org offers free Linux tutorials on a variety of subjects. These include NMAP scanning, creating icon themes, and installing, obtaining and making GTK themes. Interested individuals can read through many other tutorials via this website's online forum.

Free Online Unix and Linux Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Guide to Unix from Wikibooks Unspecified Online text No No No
88-page Unix Training Manual from Developer's Daily Unspecified Text No No Yes
Unix Systems Programming tutorial from Hiraeth Unspecified Text/lecture notes No No Yes
Linux Desktop 101 tutorial from About.com Beginner Online tutorial No No No
Introduction to Linux course from Virtual Training Company Beginner Video lectures No No No
Linux Security for Beginners course from Linuxtopia.org Beginner Text/online tutorial No No No
Linux Tutorials from Linux.org Unspecified Online tutorials/screenshots No No No

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
      • MSM in Information Technology
      • Master: Information Technology
      • Master: IT/Information Security and Assurance
    Bachelor's
      • BS in IT - IT Management
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • BSIT: Network Admin
      • BS in Cybersecurity
      • BS in Cloud Computing and Solutions
      • BS in Information Technology/Information Security and Assurance
    Associate's
      • AASIT: Network Admin
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS: Computer Information Systems
      • BS: Computer Science
      • BS: Computer Science - Information Assurance
      • BS: Cybersecurity
    Associate's
      • AA: Information Technology
      • AA: Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Information Technology Management
      • M.S. in Instructional Technology
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security
      • Master of Science in Cyber Security (Bridge)
    Bachelor's
      • B.S. in Information Technology
      • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity
      • B.S. in Cybersecurity
      • B.S. in Computer Programming
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Cyber Security, M.S.
    Bachelor's
      • Information Systems Mgmt., B.S.
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S.
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Database Management
      • Computer Information Technology, B.S. - Emphasis in Networking
    Associate's
      • Computer Information Technology, A.S.
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
      • Doctor of Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD-TIM - Computer Science
      • PhD in Business Admin - Computer and Information Security
      • PhD-TIM - Cybersecurity
    Master's
      • MSTIM - Information Systems
      • MBA - Applied Computer Science
      • MSTIM - Computer Science
      • MBA - Management Information Systems
      • MBA - Computer and Information Security
      • MSTIM - Cybersecurity
  • Online Programs Available
    6. American InterContinental University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of IT: Project Management
      • Master of Information Technology - Information Assurance and Security
      • Master of Science in Information Technology
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Technology: Information Assurance and Security
      • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
      • Bachelor of Information Technology - Digital Investigation
  • Campus and Online Programs
    7. Louisiana State University Shreveport

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Data Analytics Concentration
      • Master of Business Administration - Data Analytics Specialization
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Technical University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctorate: C.S. - Enterprise Information Systems
      • Doctor of Management - Technology Management (Executive Format)
      • Doctorate: Computer Science
      • Doctorate - Computer Science: Information Assurance (Executive Format)
      • Doctor of Computer Science - Big Data Analytics (Executive Format)
    Master's
      • M.S. - Information Technology
      • MS - Management - Information Systems Security
      • MS - Computer Science - Computer Systems Security
      • M.S. - Management: IT and Project Management
      • Master of Science in Computer Science
      • M.S. - Information Technology - Project Management
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Information Technology
      • BS - Business Administration - IT
      • BS - IT - Security
      • Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security - Computer Systems Security
      • BS - Management - Cybersecurity Management
      • BS - Computer Science - Cybersecurity Engineering
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Davenport University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Computer Science, MS
      • Technology Management, MS
      • Master of Science in Data Analytics, MS
    Bachelor's
      • Computer Science, BS
      • Cyber Defense, BS
    Associate's
      • Computer Information Systems, AAS
    Certificate
      • Data Analytics Certificate

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Information Technology - Project Management
  • BS in IT - IT Management
  • AASIT: Network Admin

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Saint Leo University

  • BS: Computer Information Systems
  • BS: Computer Science
  • AA: Information Technology
  • AA: Cybersecurity

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • Bridge to the M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • M.S. in Information Technology Management
  • B.S. in Information Technology
  • B.S. in Information Technology with an Emphasis in Cybersecurity

What is your highest level of education?

Colorado Christian University

  • Cyber Security, M.S.
  • Information Systems Mgmt., B.S.
  • Computer Information Technology, A.S.

What is your highest level of education completed?

Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • PhD in Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • MSTIM - Information Systems
  • MBA - Applied Computer Science

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of IT: Project Management
  • Master of Information Technology - Information Assurance and Security
  • Bachelor of Technology: Information Assurance and Security
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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Louisiana State University Shreveport

  • Master of Business Administration - Data Analytics Concentration
  • Master of Business Administration - Data Analytics Specialization

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Technical University

  • Doctorate: C.S. - Enterprise Information Systems
  • M.S. - Information Technology
  • Bachelor: Information Technology

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