System Programming for Linux Containers Training

Course code: M7D-SPLC02

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Course overview

This course provides a deep understanding of the Linux technologies (namely, set-UID/set-GID programs, capabilities, namespaces, cgroups, and seccomp) used to implement container, virtualization, and sandboxing systems. (These are the technologies used to build systems such as Docker, LXC, Firejail, and Flatpak.) The course also provides an understanding of the core APIs used to build system-level applications that run on such systems. Detailed explanations and carefully designed practical exercises provide participants with the knowledge needed both to troubleshoot container and sandboxing systems and to write complex applications that run on those systems. (The course does not cover administering container systems such as Docker and LXC, but by completion of the course participants will have a good understanding of various aspects of the underlying implementation and operation of such systems.)

Course details

For a detailed course outline, please look here.

The course employs a lecture+lab format.

Audience and prerequisites

The audience for this course includes designers and developers who are building, troubleshooting, and administering system-level applications for Linux-based container systems.

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

Note: previous system programming experience is not required.

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 two course books consisting of around 500 pages that include all of the slides used in the course. Some notable features of the course books are the following: TLPI front cover (small)

In addition to the course book, participants will receive a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, in either ebook or printed form (or, when possible, both).

The following samples gives 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 5-day courses in Munich, GERMANY, the per-attendee price is €3100 + 19% German VAT (MWSt).

For public courses in San Francisco, the per-attendee price is US$3500 plus applicable local taxes.

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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