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Linux - Partitions and the Boot Process


This course introduces users to the process of preparing a hard drive for use with the Linux operating system and explains the Linux boot process.

This lesson is part of our Linux online training series which contains over 27 hours of self-paced courseware. Our web-based training provides 6 months of unlimited access.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the types of partitions that exist on a Linux system
  • Explain the capabilities of the disk formatting utilities fips and fdisk
  • Create primary partitions, swap partitions, and extended partitions with fdisk
  • Describe the Linux boot process
  • Identify and describe the contents of the /etc/inittab file
  • Describe the function of LILO
  • Safely shut down a Linux system


  • Understanding Partitions
  • Understanding fdisk
  • Creating a Primary Partition
  • Creating a Swap Partition
  • Creating an Extended Partition
  • Formatting Partitions
  • Understanding File System Organization
  • Booting Linux
  • Understanding Runlevels
  • Understanding the init Daemon
  • Understanding LILO
  • Shutting Down Linux

This course is for anyone who wants to get the most out of using Linux.

Prerequisites: None:

Technical Requirements:

  • Internet connection
  • Browser: Internet Explorer, FireFox, Chrome, Safari, Opera or any standards compliant browser.
  • Authorware and Macromedia Flash player recommended but not required.
  • JavaScript must be enabled.

Retake any or all of our computer training as often as you want. Our online tutorials allow you to learn anywhere, anytime from any computer with internet access. All courses allow for 6 months of unlimited access (1 user), includes a variety of features and all courses qualify for Continuing Education Unit credit.

StaffKit is an e-learning leader in providing computer training tutorials and online education. We have satisfied customers in over 75 countries using our online training courses. We have been a leading provider of self-paced web based training for the past 10 years.

Total Courses: 9
Total Time: 27+ hours
Only $99.95
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Total Time: 1723+ hours
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