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Introduction to Operating Systems
This section provides an introduction to basic operating system principles from a Linux perspective. We talk about processes, files and directories and the basics of how a user interacts with the system.
Linux Basics
This section provides an overview of Linux as an operating system and as a product. We discuss the key components of what goes into the Linux operating system, as well as the key packages that make up the more common distributions.
Working With the System
In this section we talk about user interaction with the system, primarily from the command line. We go into the basics of how the system perceives the input and how it reacts.
Shells and Utilities
Here we talk in detail about the traditional way users interact with the system: the shell. We discuss some of the more common utilities and how they can interact with the shell.
Editing Files
This section covers four of the most common methods of editing or manipulating files: the vi editor, awk, sed and perl.
Basic Administration
In this section we talk about the basics of system administration. We discuss user accounts, printing, starting and stopping the system, making backups and other basic administrative tasks.
The Operating System
This section is a more detailed description of the Linux operating system. We go into the internal of the kernel, files and filesystems, and device nodes.
The X Windowing System
Here we go into the basics of the X Windowing System. This forms the basis of all GUIs, such as KDE and Gnome.
The Computer Itself
This section talks about the computer hardware and peripherals. We also cover how Linux interacts with the hardware.
Networking
This section covers general network principles, including how TCP/IP works. We also go into DNS, NFS and Samba.
System Monitoring
In this section, we talk about the various tools to find out about how your system is configured and what it is doing at the moment.
Solving Problems
Here we go through many different aspects of solving problems on your systems. We cover the whole spectrum, from solving problems yourself, to getting help from other sources.
Security
In the security section, we talk about protecting your system. This ranges from making sure you use good passwords, to official laws and guidelines.
Installing and Upgrading
Although newer distributions are typically "start-n-go" in terms of installation, this section talks about many of the issues that you can encounter, which would give you problems during an install or upgrade.
Linux and Windows
This section discusses the topics concerning Linux and Windows together. This includes information which helps you upgrade from Windows systems to Linux, dual-booting Windows and Linux, sharing resources, virtual machines and remote display and beyond.

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