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.)

Related courses

Note that this course is similar to the 4-day Linux Security and Isolation APIs (M7D-SECISOL02) course, but with the addition of an initial day that covers a range of fundamental system programming topics.

Parts of this course are also available in smaller pieces:

For a picture of how these courses interrelate, see the course overview.

Course details

Course outline.

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 receive course books of around 500 pages. The course books include all of the slides and exercises presented in the course. Some notable features of the course books are the following: TLPI front cover (small)

In addition to the course book, participants 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 and virtual onsite courses

For onsite and virtual onsite courses, please email regarding availability and pricing.

Public courses: upcoming dates, prices, and booking

Date Location Maximum participants
28 October - 1 November 2024 Online: UTC-4 timezone (Americas) 14 Registration
11-15 November 2024 Online: UTC+1 timezone (Europe) 14 Registration
27-31 October 2025 Online: UTC-4 timezone (Americas) 14 Registration

Online courses in Europe timezones are normally timed around Berlin time, starting at 08:00, 08:30, or 09:00. Online courses in Americas timezones are normally timed around New York time, starting at 09:00 or 10:00. Depending on the length of breaks, classes typically run for 8 to 8.5 hours per day.

For public 5-day online courses, the per-attendee price is €3300 reduced to €3200 when booked (and either paid or a company purchase order is supplied) at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. (In addition, 19% German VAT is charged for participants attending from German locations; 19% German VAT is also applicable for private attendees in any location in the European Union without a VAT ID.)

Currently (and for the foreseeable future), public versions of this course are delivered only in online format.

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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