Unix Fundamentals 101
From Shell Basics to Package Management
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: June 2013
Run time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Know the basics of Unix but looking for more? This set of hands-on, interactive tutorials will give you a foundational overview of the Unix operating system. Pull out your computer and follow along as industry experts walk you through the boot process, how to use a shell, the basics of file systems, package management, and more.

These videos are in supplement to the free written curriculum of the Ops School project, available at http://www.opsschool.org . Ops School is a community-driven, comprehensive program teaching the skills necessary to become a professional operations engineer. Check out the curriculum and learn how!

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Um..., Ah, Ah... Um, Um, Ah..., Um.

By Erik

from Manchester, NH

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Comments about oreilly Unix Fundamentals 101:

With Ryan Frantz CONSTANTLY spitting out ums and ahs every 2 to 3 seconds, the lecture is barely watchable. Also, I had hoped to skip the stereotypical UNIX arrogance in a program covering fundamentals. Some commands are not explained and require outside research.

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Not worth time nor money

By teak

from Jyväskylä, Finland

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    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too many errors

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      Comments about oreilly Unix Fundamentals 101:

      All videos share similar annoying start segment as shown in the preview video with same corny effects. They also share poor quality audio segments with humming background noise when the lecturer is silent.

      First video is 50 minutes of shell basics (at least it is called as shell basics). The video starts with basic moving around in file system and listing stuff in directories, but examples are done with shell configuration which is not standard. Shell configuration is mentioned only after 10 minutes in video and by this time newbies are likely to be bit confused. It also has a glaring error bit after that as the lecturer tries to run "ls snafu" and claims that the error comes because "snafu" is not in any directory mentioned in $PATH. With some more mistakes (which are corrected unlike the first one) the video leaves the feeling that it was done in a hurry and the lecturer was not given enough time to do a proper plan for the video. The selection of material shown was also weird and following omissions are noteworthy: cp, mv, root/sudo, redirecting output, and scripting.

      Second video is 30 minutes and named File Systems 101. It has lots of overlap with first video, which gives an impression that the lecturer had no idea on what was presented before. The overall impression is that the lecturer was informed just 5 minutes before that he has to give a lecture on the subject.

      Third video is just 10 minutes and it is about boot process. This is the only one with something which looks prepared presentation, it has bullet point slides. Well this is fundamental on how computer operates but still I wondered a bit if this video should be part of this whole set of Unix Fundamentals 101. Video itself was best so far.

      Fourth is 18 minutes of Proc Filesystem. This also had a feeling that lecturer was informed just before the video was produced. Also suitability under the title of the video is questionable in my mind. Nevertheless this segment was second best.

      Final segment was 31 minutes of package management. Yet again a lecture with no preparations made by the lecturer. It may be useful to show one error on compiling code about missing dependencies, but losing time on installing compiler, and make was just waste of time in my mind.

      I'm happy that I got this video free of charge for review purposes. If would have paid for it I would be demanding my money back.

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