Configuring Linux Web Servers
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In this course you'll learn the basic Linux fundamentals every web developer needs to know to share their web applications with the world! You'll get a basic Python WSGI application up and running within a Vagrant virtual machine that queries data from a PostgreSQL database. You'll start by exploring various Linux distributions and learning the differences between a number of them. You'll then explore how the Linux operating system differs from other operating systems you may be more familiar with. With this base knowledge, you'll then move into Linux security - covering topics such as file permissions, user management, package management and configuring firewalls. Finally, you'll transform a safe and secure baseline server into a web application server by installing and configuring the Apache HTTP Server and PostgreSQL database server.

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## Overview This course consists of 3 lessons which will take you from absolutely zero knowledge about the Linux operating system all the way to hosting your very own data-driven application that is publically accessible to everyone in the world! ## Lesson 1 - Intro to Linux In this lesson you will be introduced to the Linux operating system and the various available distributions. You will then setup your very own Linux virtual machine on your own computer and explore that system, learning how the filesystem is organized and identifying key files. ## Lesson 2- Linux Security As you unleash your new server onto the Internet you'll need to be a good citizen - and this means, **security**! In this lesson, you'll learn how to execute administrative tasks, update the software on your system, install new software, and manage users. You'll then learn how to implement even stronger authentication mechanisms, how to interpret Linux file permission and, finally, how to configure a firewall to keep your system secure. ## Lesson 3 - Web Application Servers In this lesson you'll transform your secure and safe barebones server into a fully functional web application server by installing and configuring the Apache HTTP Server and PostgreSQL database server. You'll then write a very basic Python WSGI application that can query a database and present that data upon a web request.


  • Michael Wales - Michael is a self-taught full-stack web developer and open source advocate. Before joining Udacity, he spent over 10 years developing classified applications for some of the most demanding intelligence organizations in the world. He has an active Top Secret clearance and, unless you have one as well, that's all you're allowed to know. In his spare time he enjoys playing paintball, video games, and spending time with his 3 wonderful children.



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