Linux Capabilities and Namespaces Training

Course code: M7D-CAPNS01

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Course overview

This course provides an in-depth exploration of Linux namespaces, which are used in a wide array of virtualization and sandboxing technologies such as Docker, LXC, Flatpak, Firejail, Systemd, and various web browsers. In addition, the course covers the Linux capabilities model, since an understanding of that model is essential to understanding the operation of user namespaces, which are a cornerstone of many of the aforementioned applications. Detailed presentations coupled with carefully designed practical exercises provide participants with the knowledge needed to understand, design, develop, and administer such applications.

Course details

For a detailed course outline, please look here.

The course employs a lecture+lab format.

Audience and prerequisites

The primary audience comprises designers and programmers building privileged applications, container applications, and sandboxing applications. Systems administrators who are managing such applications are also likely to find the course of benefit.

In order to get the most out of the course, participants should have:

Note: knowledge of some fundamental Linux/UNIX system programming concepts (fork(), execve(), waitpid(), basics of programming with signals, the /proc filesystem) is assumed. Some background reading material on these topics will be sent to attendees before the course.

Lab sessions

A significant part of the course is spent on practical exercises. The lab sessions also provide participants with the opportunity to obtain one-to-one assistance from the trainer on the course material and exercises.

Course materials

Course participants will receive a course book of around 250 pages that includes all of the slides and exercises presented in the course.

The course book has been developed by the trainer, and is constantly updated based on ongoing changes in the Linux kernel, as well as practical teaching experience in courses. The course book is printed on demand for each course, in order to ensure that it is completely up to date with current Linux developments.

In addition to the course book, participants will receive a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, in ebook form.

The following samples give some idea of the course content and style of the course materials:

Onsite courses

For onsite courses at your location, please email regarding availability and pricing.

Public courses: upcoming dates and pricing

Currently, this course is scheduled only on demand or for on-site delivery. Inquire at if you are interested in scheduling a course.

For public courses in Munich, GERMANY, the per-attendee price is €1300 + 19% German VAT (MWSt).

The course price includes the cost of training materials as well as lunch and refreshments. Discounts are available for multiple attendees from the same company or organization; please inquire at for details.

About the trainer

Michael Kerrisk has a unique set of qualifications and experience that ensure that course participants receive training of a very high standard: Michael Kerrisk

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