IST190: Linux Essentials

Linux mascotCatalog Course Description: This course will provide students with the fundamental knowledge and concepts of the Linux operating system including command line functions, file systems, user and group administration, process management, text editors, and network applications.

Purpose of the Course: Students will learn to be effective users of Linux systems acquiring skills and understanding of command line functions, file systems, users and groups, bash shell, process management, text editors, network applications, searching and organizing data, and graphical applications.

Red Hat Academy RH124: IST190 uses the online textbook, labs, Lab Environment, and other course content from the Red Hat Academy RH124 online course.  Learn more about Red Hat Academy RH124 at:

The student support materials for IST190 are located here or on Blackboard.

  • Easily find the current Course Schedule by clicking the button in the menu bar on the right.
  • Current IST190 Lecture Slides and IST190 Lecture Videos will be posted here
  • If you need to lookup a computer term, try our Geek Glossary. Over 24,000 computer terms from our courses are defined in a user friendly database, a big help when studying class material.

This web site is intended for the exclusive use of students in this class. The purpose of this site is to provide copies of study materials and other resources that will help in the successful completion of this course. Students are encouraged to visit this site regularly and take advantage of these resources.

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Recommended Linux Resource Books

RHCSA/RHCE® Red Hat® Linux® Certification Study Guide, Seventh Edition (Exams EX200 & EX300) by Michael Jang and Alessandro Orsaria
We have used Michael Jang’s books for previous versions of our Linux courses. It is a very affordable text. This is a great book that walks you through the starting stages of learning Linux through getting certified RHCE. It may be advanced for some readers, but I recommend you consider it for your professional library.

A Practical Guide to Fedora and Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, Seventh Edition by Mark G. Sobell
This is the textbook we used for IST190 in the 2016 spring semester. It is very thorough. It is an excellent reference book to use while learning Linux.

Linux Pocket Guide by Daniel J. Barrett
This book only costs about $9.95 new. I just bought a used version for $3.50. It provides an indexed list and explanation of most of the Linux commands we will be using in IST190. Many IST190 students have bought this little book in years past.

Red Hat Linux Networking and System Administration by Terry Collins and Kurt Wall
This book is a little old but it includes a ton of valid information about Red Hat Enterprise Linux. I used this book when I was learning RHEL.

Linux Command Line and Shell Scripting by Richard Blum
I like the “Linux Bible” series of books, but I do not have the current version for Red Hat. New “bibles” come our every year so it is kind of hard to keep up.

If you find a Linux resource book you like, please share it with our class.

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