Why should you learn about Linux? It’s a fast-growing operating system, and it is inexpensive
and flexible. Linux is also a major player in the small and mid-sized server field, and it’s
an increasingly viable platform for workstation and desktop use as well. By understanding
Linux, you’ll increase your standing in the
job market. Even if you already know Windows
or Mac OS and your employer uses these systems exclusively, understanding Linux will give
you an edge when you’re looking for a new job or if you’re looking for a promotion. For
instance, this knowledge will help you to make an informed decision about if and when you
should deploy Linux.
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has developed its LPI-1 certification as an introductory
certification for people who want to enter careers involving Linux. The exam is
meant to certify that an individual has the skills necessary to install, operate, and troubleshoot
a Linux system and is familiar with Linux-specific concepts and basic hardware.
The purpose of this book is to help you pass both of the LPI-1 exams (101 and 102).
Because these exams cover basic Linux command-line tools, software management, hardware
configuration, filesystems, the X Window System, the boot process, scripts, security,
documentation, administration, and networking, those are the topics that are emphasized
in this book. You’ll learn enough to manage a Linux system and how to configure it for
many common tasks. Even after you’ve taken and passed the LPI 101 and 102 exams, this
book should remain a useful reference.
This book has undergone its own testing and certification by ProCert (http://www
.procertcom.com/labs_quicklinks/ql_latm.html). This means that you can rest assured
that the book covers the LPI objectives.