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SkillsTrain Introduces New 'Home Study' Linux Course

To meet the growing demand for Linux Systems Support Engineers, Administrators and Developers, Europe’s largest blended learning IT company, SkillsTrain, has introduced a new Linux+ course, encompassing the CompTIA Linux+ examination and enabling existing IT professionals to study and qualify around existing work and personal commitments.

Luton, United Kingdom, May 14, 2008 --( To meet the growing demand for Linux Systems Support Engineers, Administrators and Developers, Europe’s largest blended learning IT company, SkillsTrain, has introduced a new Linux+ course, encompassing the CompTIA Linux+ examination. 77.8% of supercomputers now use Linux as an operating system, the Linux market is growing rapidly and holds around 12.7% if the overall server market.

The new SkillsTrain course is designed to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of Linux, a good grounding in Unix and an understanding of platform independent skills. The CompTIA Linux+ credential certifies the user has fundamental management experience of Linux systems from the command line, can demonstrate knowledge of user administration, understand file permissions, software configurations, and management of Linux-based clients, server systems and security.

SkillsTrain Principal Myra Smallman said “The new SkillsTrain Linux+ course is designed to allow even those with a relatively low knowledge or experience base to achieve a formally recognised Linux+ qualification. This is widely recognised as demonstrating competence and skill in using Linux, which is why we selected it as the accreditation standard for our new course.

“Because of its flexible nature, students can study the course around existing work commitments to achieve a qualification which will thoroughly equip them to work with Linux and give them an edge in the IT jobs market”.

For further information about SkillsTrain’s new Linux+ course call 0800 052 3965 or visit

Press contact: Mary Stuart-Miller, 01403 738844

Course outline:-

SkillsTrain Linux+ - Part A

Unit 1 - Introduction to Linux
Topic A: Linux as an operating system
Topic B: Common uses for Linux
Unit summary: Introduction to Linux

Unit 2 - Installing a Linux system
Topic A: Installing Linux
Topic B: Understanding hardware
Topic C: Gathering pre-installation information
Unit summary: Installing a Linux system

Unit 3 - Exploring interfaces and filesystems
Topic A: Linux interfaces
Topic B: Basic shell commands
Topic C: Files and directories
Topic D: Displaying the contents of files
Topic E: Searching and editing text files
Unit summary: Exploring interfaces and filesystems

Unit 4 - Filesystem management
Topic A: The Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
Topic B: Searching and linking files
Topic C: File and directory permissions
Topic D: Default and special permissions
Unit summary: Filesystem management

Unit 5 - Filesystem administration
Topic A: The /dev directory and device files
Topic B: Using floppy disks and CD-ROMs
Topic C: Hard disks
Topic D: Monitoring filesystems
Unit summary: Filesystem administration

Unit 6 - Advanced installation and troubleshooting
Topic A: Advanced hardware configuration
Topic B: Fault-tolerant disk systems
Topic C: Advanced installation methods
Topic D: Troubleshooting installations
Unit summary: Advanced installation and troubleshooting

Unit 7 - Working with the BASH shell
Topic A: Command input and output
Topic B: Shell variables
Topic C: Shell scripts
Topic D: BASH command history
Unit summary: Working with the BASH shell

SkillsTrain Linux+ - Part B

System initialization
Topic A: Booting and boot loaders
Topic B: System initialization
Unit summary: System initialization

The X Windows system
Topic A: GUI components
Topic B: Configuring X Windows
Unit summary: The X Windows system

Managing system processes
Topic A: Starting, viewing, and killing processes
Topic B: Foreground and background processes
Topic C: Process priorities and scheduling
Unit summary: Managing system processes

Printer and log file administration
Topic A: Printer administration
Topic B: Log file administration
Unit summary: Printer and log file administration

User, group, and file administration
Topic A: Administering users and groups
Topic B: Administering user files
Unit summary: User, group, and file administration

Compression, backup, and software installation
Topic A: Compression
Topic B: System backup
Topic C: Software installation
Unit summary: Compression, backup, and software installation

Troubleshooting and performance monitoring
Topic A: Troubleshooting
Topic B: Performance monitoring
Unit summary: Troubleshooting and performance monitoring

Network Configuration
Topic A: Networks and TCP/IP
Topic B: Configuring a PPP interface
Topic C: Name resolution
Topic D: Using network resources
Topic E: Configuring network services
Unit summary: Network Configuration

Topic A: System security
Topic B: Detecting intrusion
Unit summary: Security

Contact Information
Mary Stuart-Miller
01403 738844
Terence Holloway-Johnson, Trainee PR Officer
01582 543618

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