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Standard Linux Textbook

This document is being translated from a Japanese teaching material, of which copyright belongs to LPI-Japan (NPO), by volunteers.


NPO LPI-Japan developed teaching material named "Linux standard textbook" to aim to use it for the Linux engineer education. It is provided to the public on the Internet. This "Linux standard textbook" was developed, because a lot of educational institutions demanded for teaching material and the maintenance of the learning environment to study Linux from "Basic".

It is open to the public under the license (Creative Commons License) attached to "Linux standard textbook".

To correspond to the latest technology trends, this teaching material is renewed at any time. Moreover, everyone can participate freely by the mailing list for opinion exchange about the text making and the update.

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Kenji OKADA (writing)
I has involved with user, manager, and education for 15 years from when I touched UNIX/Linux. This text is written by consolidating current knowhow by using the how to explain actually used. It would be greatly appreciated if it could help teachers who are related to development and promotion of Linux engineer's  through LPIC.
Yoshiharu KAWAI (writing)
When I taught Linux, because many knowledge and explanation  are necessary and the content of the back and forth are intertwined complicatedly, I had a hard time to select text or used teaching material made by myself. I wrote this book with aiming to be easy-to-use order by selecting useful items practically from a lot of content. It would be greatly appreciated if it could be used as one of choices of the school teaching material or personal material.
Masayoshi KAMATAKI (style and layout)
This textbook was made by using the word processor function of which is office suite of open source.
I took charge of the style that was able to manage the format and the layout easily. Authors might have been able to concentrate on writing the manuscript. It would be greatly appreciated if could play a part of spread of OSS.
Toru MIYAHARA (illustration and project management)
This textbook was made so that it can be a help for everyone who will study Linux/OSS and teachers who ardently undertaken them. It would be greatly appreciated if you send the impression and suggestions for improvement in order to be a better textbook by revising in a few times in the future.


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About this textbook

This book is a textbook intended for studying the server construction that used Linux in the future. It is possible to use it as a self-study teaching material though it is assumed to use it by the class.

Description of this book

In this book, the following items besides a usual explanation are prepared.

●Execution example
It is an example for the explanation of the operation of the command. Please similarly execute and confirm operation.
A series of operation is actually done and operation is confirmed. The operation becomes complex from the execution example, and operate it firmly, please one by one.
It is an operation to deepen the more understanding. Please operate it while looking back on the textual explication.
●The chapter test
Please confirm whether the point explained in the chapter was able to be understood neatly.


CentOS 5.1 is used in this textbook though various distributions exist in Linux. Though most content applies as it is in other distributions, some part might be different such as the location of the file.


  • Contents
  • Chapter 1: What is Linux?
  • Chapter 2: Basic Command 1
  • Chapter 3: Regular expression and Pipe
  • Chapter 4: Basic commands 2
  • Chapter 5: Text editor
  • Chapter 6: Administration
  • Chapter 7: User and access authority
  • Chapter 8: Shell script
  • Chapter 9: Setting and administrating network
  • Chapter 10: Network service
  • Chapter 11: X Window System
  • Chapter 12: Hardware
  • Chapter 13: File management