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NDG Linux Essentials

Use this course to expand upon your basic knowledge of Linux. Students gain access to a Linux virtual machine to perform hands-on lab activities

Now available to the public – 100% online, self-paced and free
Estimated time to complete:
70 hours

Course Summary

Linux Essentials prepares students to pursue more advanced Linux education and certification. It bridges the gap between beginner and intermediate skills by offering students hands-on, step-by-step practical lab activities. Graduates walk away with a firm grasp of the foundational concepts needed to succeed in a Linux career.

  • Designed for those with a grasp of basic Linux skills
  • Learn entry level open source concepts
  • Further your understanding of how Linux is used and the command line
  • Apply skills using Linux virtual machines (provided free of charge)
  • Become a part of the global Networking Academy community of over 6 million other students, 9,500 academies and 20,000 instructors
  • Graduates gain access to our employer network of over 60,000 channel partners located all over the world who are looking to hire IT/networking professionals

Concerned this course might be too advanced for you? Check out Linux Unhatched, the “starting from scratch” Linux course.
"Don’t be intimidated if you lack networking experience. Academy courses teach from the ground up. It’s not easy, but when you come out, you have real-life skills that you can take directly to employers.”
Kyle Thoms, NetAcad Alum

While the possibilities are endless, here’s a few careers this course helps prepare you for:


Networking Engineer

The Cloud



Software Developer


About Cisco Networking Academy

Cisco Networking Academy is an IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide. Self-paced courses are designed to take at your own pace, at any point in your career journey. More than 9.2 million people have joined the Networking Academy and become a force for change in the global economy since 1997.

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