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About the Course

Unix forms a foundation that is often very helpful for accomplishing other goals you might have for you and your computer, whether that goal is running a business, writing a book, curing disease, or creating the next great app. The means to these goals are sometimes carried out by writing software. Software can’t be mined out of the ground, nor can software seeds be planted in spring to harvest by autumn. Software isn’t produced in factories on an assembly line. Software is a hand-made, often bespoke good. If a software developer is an artisan, then Unix is their workbench. Unix provides an essential and simple set of tools in a distraction-free environment. Even if you’re not a software developer learning Unix can open you up to new methods of thinking and novel ways to scale your ideas. This course is intended for folks who are new to programming and new to Unix-like operating systems like macOS and Linux distributions like Ubuntu. Most of the technologies discussed in this course will be accessed via a command line interface. Command line interfaces can seem alien at first, so this course attempts to draw parallels between using the command line and actions that you would normally take while using your mouse and keyboard. You’ll also learn how to write little pieces of software in a programming language called Bash, which allows you to connect together the tools we’ll discuss. My hope is that by the end of this course you be able to use different Unix tools as if they’re interconnecting Lego bricks....

Top reviews

Apr 29, 2020

This is a very friendly step-by-step guide to Unix for beginners, it helps to build a solid foundation, and the exercises are designed to explore more about what has been introduced in the course.

Jan 28, 2018

A wonderful course! Answered so many questions I had and gave me a solid background in Git, Bash, makefiles, and working from the cloud. I will definitely be using these skills in my job search!

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By Methia A N

Jul 24, 2020

Its a good lesson for me thanks for the certificate

By Julio F

May 28, 2020

This is an awesome course, I learned a lot with it!


May 4, 2020

Very well structure. Easy to follow and time-saving

By Vishal S

Dec 2, 2019

A nice course to start learning Linux and Git from.

By Vasileios K

Jul 22, 2018

Nice concise intro/refresh to the bash environment.

By Uday G

Jun 22, 2020

Got Good learning experience of doing this course.

By Tomislav P

May 16, 2019

Very well done course. One of the best ones I did.


Jun 1, 2020

A very helpful course with excellent explanation!

By Herbert S

Sep 11, 2019

Very manageable and very instructive. Thank you!

By Rui V

Jan 21, 2018

Very good basic concepts! Helped me quile a lot!

By Laura C

Dec 7, 2020

Really good course I wish I had done years ago!


Apr 27, 2020

The perfect recipe for a Unix and GIT beginner.


Jun 1, 2020

Wonderful course. Taught me a lot about Linux.

By Wiktor W

Feb 27, 2020

Very informative and thought provoking course.

By Rahul M

Jun 25, 2018

Learned all the basics of Linux with examples.

By Bahar P

May 13, 2018

Very Useful and thorough and very well taught.

By Anton O

Oct 17, 2017

Nice course, I have earned new usefull skills!

By Franco F P

Mar 26, 2019

Well presented short course easy read content

By Matthew A S

Feb 21, 2018

Awesome course for people with no experience.

By Vincent L

Jul 7, 2018

Nice introduction to unix and how to use Git


Jun 30, 2019

Very useful content and clear explanations!

By Rohit C 1

Nov 29, 2020

Good course for getting started with Unix

By Ajith P

Jul 22, 2020

Great learning... Learnt something new...


Sep 7, 2020

A good course to get started with UNIX.

By Mei S

May 21, 2020

Excellent course for beginners of unix!