Linux Class Questions

Localization and Internationalization

Since Linux is an international operating system you can configure it to support a specific region.  Discuss how you can configure its character set, keyboard layout, and date/time display formats for a specific region (or country) of your choice.

Default User Accounts

What default user accounts are created during installation?  What are they for?  What should you do with them?  Explain in detail.

RPM vs Debian

Compare Red Hat Package Manager vs Debian package Manager.  How are they similar and how are the different?

useradd vs. adduser


The useradd utility is used to create user account but on some Linux distributions we also have adduser script to create users as well.  Explain the differences between these two utilities to create user accounts on Linux distributions.   Which one would you use ?

Partitioning a Disk

Discuss the steps required (including exact commands) to partition a disk using the fdisk utility.

USB Basics

Discuss USB capabilities you can configure in your Linux distribution

System Time

There are two methods of changing system time: date command and Network Time Protocol (NTP).  Discuss the significant advantages using NTP has over manually setting time using date command

Aliases and Environment Variables

Explain the function of environment variables.

What is the purpose of shell aliases? Provide an example of a alias you may use.

Local Security Good Practices

Discuss in detail several effective local security practices to harden your Linux distribution


Discuss how you would configure your Linux distribution to perform name resolution using DNS.

Day Light Saving Time

As everyone knows Daylight Savings Time (DST) events second Sunday 2am in March and first Sunday 2am in November for the states that participate.  What can you do to verify your Linux distribution won’t have any issues?


Discuss how you would use the lsof command.  Provide some command examples

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