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NDG Linux Unhatched: An Intro to the Basics of Linux

The “start from scratch” Linux course which teaches from the ground up. No prior Linux or coding knowledge required.


100% online, self-paced and free.
Estimated time to complete:
8 hours

Course Summary

Ever considered a career in Linux? Or, stuck in a dead-end job and exploring options for a career change? NDG Linux Unhatched allows students to wade into the shallow end of Linux, the back-end operating system used by global titans such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, NASA, Tesla, Amazon and more.
Graduates of NDG Linux Unhatched walk away with a clear understanding of whether Linux is for them or not, without having to commit to more than 8 total hours of self-paced learning. To ensure you don’t get stuck, you’ll be guided step-by-step through the a series of hands-on virtual machine activities.
  • Designed for those with no prior Linux experience
  • Learn the basics of the Linux Command Line Interface (LCI)
  • Apply skills using a Linux virtual machine (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 basic for you? Check out NDG Linux Essentials, the next step up in our Linux catalog.
"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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