Suggest a Linux Project

Hi all,

Thanks for stopping by. I am a non-IT graduate, who has started into an IT grad job, which has a lot of focus on Linux. I want to work towards building my knowledge on Linux for professional and personal use. I am currently reading my way through a practical Guide to LInux commands editors and Shell by Mark Sobell and want to supplement this theoretical approach with some practical experience.

Learning Goals:
-A good fundamental understand of how the Linux system works (Sys Admin stuff) i.e. editing config files, solving problems, monitoring system health, making changes, installs, optimising my enviroment etc
-Improving understanding of hardware
-Improving understanding of Networking/ security

With all this in mind, can anyone suggest a good Linux project for me to undertake to that will be a good learning experience? Step by step instructions and explanations of what I am doing is pretty key.

I have the basics on linux (main commands, using man, main directories, editing text files, redirection, regular expressions and wildcards, permissions). I have these tools but still feel I lack understanding on how to do ‘stuff’ with them.

Version info:
$ /usr/bin$ cat /proc/version
Linux version 3.5.0-23-generic (gcc version 4.6.3 (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5) ) #35~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jan 25 17:15:33 UTC 2013

Bash Shell

TL;DR: Suggest a project with step by step instructions that will help improve my system administration knowledge of Linux

Thanks guys!!!

Heh … here’s some projects for you…

build Linux from Scratch:

install Gentoo:

or just get hold of the CompTIA Linux+ course book, which has a project at the end of each chapter.

Or you could take a short course (will cost you quite a bit) like this

You should try Arch Linux! There’ll probably be lots of things and projects and stuff on the website.

i agree with mark LFS (linux from scratch ) if you want to learn the nitty gritty of the whole os

Arch linux is always a good way to start.

The alternative is take the linux challenge. Stop using windows for a whole month. Its one way of really homing your skills.

Get a Gentoo installation up and running … that’ll always impress an employer who knows anything about Linux … :slight_smile:

gentoo or even crux are good choices if you are remotely masochistic