UNIX and UNIX Systems: The Big Picture

by David Clinton

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.

What you'll learn

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

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. David has administered, written about, and created training material for many cutting edge technical subjects, including Linux systems, Cloud Computing (in particular Amazon's AWS), container technologies like Docker, and many in-demand DevOps tools.

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