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Cisco NetAcad: NDG - Linux I (Online)

Self-taught course


This fee based online course is offered by Network Development Group (NDG). The content will help you develop the basic professional skills that are common to major distributions of Linux. The course is aligned to both the Linux Professional Institute LPIC-1 101 exam and CompTIA Linux+ vendor-neutral exam. After completing Linux I and the companion Linux II the courses you may elect to take either or both exams. The exam fee is not included in this course.

This course is part one in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to perform maintenance tasks with the command line, install & configure a computer running Linux and be able to configure basic networking. There are 8 Modules which include 26 chapters with assessments, 25 lab exercises, and midterm and final assessments.

The external LPI and CompTIA exams are optional, read how to book exams below.

If you do not have any Linux skills or you want to start from the basics you may wish to take the entry-level Linux Essentials course, which is an optional first step, to enrol please contact

If you already have an active Cisco account you can join this course by clicking here. However you will need to pay by credit card the first time you access the course.

Target audience
  • All current Cambridge University (departments and colleges)
    • IT Professionals
    • Students
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available

Before booking this course students must have basic knowledge of Linux such as that in the Linux Essentials course, though some of the fundamentals are reviewed.

Topics covered

Module 1: Getting Started

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Using the Shell
  • Chapter 3: Configuring the Shell

Module 2: Basic File Management

  • Chapter 4: File Globbing
  • Chapter 5: File Manipulation
  • Chapter 6: Finding Files

Module 3: Working With Text

  • Chapter 7: Test Utilities
  • Chapter 8: Regular Expressions
  • Chapter 9: The vi Editor
  • Chapter 10: Standard Text Streams and Redirection

Module 4: Advanced File Management

  • Chapter 11: Managing Processes
  • Chapter 12: Archive Commands
  • Chapter 13: File Permissions
  • Chapter 14: Filesystem Links

Module 5: Booting the System

  • Chapter 15: Hardware Configuration
  • Chapter 16: The Boot Process
  • Chapter 17: Bootloaders
  • Chapter 18: Runlevels

Module 6: Partitioning

  • Chapter 19: Designing a Scheme
  • Chapter 20: Creating Partitions

’Module 7: Administration of Filesystems

  • Chapter 21: Mounting Filesystems
  • Chapter 22: Maintaining Integrity
  • Chapter 23: Fixing Filesystems

Module 8: System Software

  • Chapter 24: Package Management
  • Chapter 25: Managing Shared Libraries
  • Chapter 26: Virtualization

Browser based online course with a Linux virtual environment (no Linux installation required on your computer)

  • The cost is $29.95 payable through the Cisco Netacad Account interface

The fee includes:

  • Online access to the course
  • Lab learning
  • Self-paced navigation

Please note that payment is non-refundable

Exam information

Exams 101 and 102 are the required exams to earn LPIC-1.

This course covers the exam objectives for Linux 101 which are:

  • System Architecture
  • Linux Installation and Package Management
  • GNU and Unix Commands
  • Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard

Book your LPI Linux 101 exam.

Alternatively, IT professionals who pass the two exams leading to the CompTIA Linux+ certification can receive the LPIC-1 from LPI and the Certified Linux Administrator (CLA) from SUSE as well. Read more and book your exams if you prefer this route. This course aligns to exam LX0-103.

How to book

To book on this course you need to be logged into your Cisco Netacad account. Click on the My Netacad I’m Learning Tab then click on the Browse Course Catalog button. Scroll down until you find the NDG Linux 1 course and click on the learn More button. Then click on the yellow Sign up today! button. You will be taken through to the payment stage when you launch the first module. Payment can be made via Credit or Debit Card. For step by step instructions on how to create a Cisco account please refer to the online instructions.


Depending on your previous knowledge the course will take you up to 70 hours of interactive training

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