UNIX and UNIX Systems: The Big Picture

Looking for just the right OS for your new project? Thinking you might need to build your own? This course will help you understand the history, structure, and capabilities of the Unix family of operating systems.
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 14, 2020
Duration
47m
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Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 14, 2020
Duration
47m
Description

Sometimes custom hardware projects require custom software. And derivatives of the UNIX OS - including Linux - are often the best place to start your search. If you're working on something that's going to need a bit of an out-of-the-box software stack, then *nix is what you're after. In this course, UNIX and UNIX Systems: The Big Picture, you'll get all the UNIX and Linux background you'll need to inform your choices. First, you'll learn about the stormy - but incredibly productive - history of UNIX. Next, you'll discover what exactly it is that defines a UNIX system. Finally, you'll be introduced at a high level to compiling your own custom versions of the Linux kernel and building your own Linux distribution. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the knowledge you need of the way UNIX works to better understand what you can do with *nix systems, and what they can do for you.

About the author
About the author

David taught high school for twenty years, worked as a Linux system administrator for five years, and has been writing since he could hold a crayon between his fingers. His childhood bedroom wall has since been repainted.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi, and welcome to my course, UNIX and UNIX Systems: The Big Picture. The UNIX operating system may be more than 50 years old, and it may be rare to find a real, live UNIX server in active use, but the innovations and tools that UNIX gave us are still very much around. And, believe it or not, understanding how those ancient innovations work can make a big difference in getting tomorrow's IT projects right. In this course, we're going to explore the very modern influences of UNIX in the context of its history. Some of the major topics we'll cover include understanding the key features that defined UNIX systems, reviewing the standards that combine to give UNIX systems their value and character, being familiar with the many operating systems that descended from or were influenced by UNIX, and a high‑level view of building both a custom Linux kernel and a distribution. By the end of this course, you'll understand what made UNIX so successful and why its influence today is, if anything, growing. As this is a big picture course, you don't need to know anything in advance. Just make sure to bring along your curiosity. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn about UNIX and its influence with the UNIX and UNIX Systems: The Big Picture course, at Pluralsight.