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We got to celebrate so much student success this past year! You shared more than 1,037 exam passes with us, and over 27 of you let us know about your new jobs. All of us here at Linux Academy are excited to see how your hard work will continue to pay off in 2017.
“It’s been a lucky end of the year for me, since I graduated AND my internship turned into a permanent position. It’s been kind of funny, we haven’t been using AWS pretty much at all at work…but the Linux skills have been incredibly useful. I’ve seen other courses on different websites that teach pretty much just for the tests/certifications, and I’ve been happy that LA teaches for the real-world utilization of skills instead. It’s made a big difference.”
– Jessica V.
We’re so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Chef to provide high-quality, in-depth training to those of you interested in becoming Certified Chef Developers!
If you visit linuxacademy.com/cheftraining, you can get started on the Basic Chef Fluency Course, which will provide a hands-on experience for managing Chef. It will prepare you for the Basic Chef Fluency Badge exam – you’ll even get a coupon code for the exam! If that’s not enough Chef content for you, we’ve also got a Local Cookbook Development course with an anticipated release date of March 2017.
These days, it’s rare that you’ll find a company that isn’t leveraging the advantages of cloud services. Despite some of the obvious ones, such as security and increasing the efficiency of your IT systems, there are a surprising number of companies – particularly small to medium businesses (SMBs) – that aren’t taking advantage of the cloud to backup their data.
One of the reasons companies aren’t implementing cloud backup is that they lack the understanding or experience to do it properly. To combat this, Linux Academy has established a partnership with CloudBerry Lab to create a custom training course on how to design and implement backup strategies with Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Last week, we announced one of our newest course offerings, Build Your Own Linux… from Scratch. This course includes an 115-page PDF booklet detailing the process of building a basic Linux distro from the ground-up, alongside Linux Academy’s normal video lessons. But we decided we liked the book so much, we wanted everyone to have it. So we made it a website and released it for free.
BuildYourOwnLinux.com takes all the written copy from the Build Your Own Linux course and offers it to anyone interested in learning about how Linux distros go from simple Linux kernel to useable servers. From preparing your workspace to downloading and configuring needed packages, the course — and website — aims to give you a deeper understanding of Linux and how distros are made. And you don’t even need a Linux Academy account!
Of course, if you come across any issues or have any questions while building your very own Linux, we’re still here to help. Sign up for our free community to chat with thousands of industry professionals and students just like you.
So what are you waiting for? Open up your terminal and get building!
The world of IT has been moving towards a new direction. From cloud computing to advancements in big data analytics, administrative environments are becoming daunting daily tasks with increasingly complex challenges. One of the most profound changes occurring in 2016 is the business model approach Microsoft has taken with the open source community. With new leadership, Microsoft has adopted a less constrained engagement model and adapted to its userbase by allowing certain core proprietary technologies to be brought to the open source community. Fresh on the heels of the release of .NET to the open-source community, Microsoft announced it has launched PowerShell 6.0, aka PowerShell Core, to the open-source community and will be available on Linux and Mac clients alike.
So what does this mean for the average administrator – especially one who comes from a UNIX/Linux background? The first and foremost item is this will now introduce a cross-platform tool that can administrator numerous environments simultaneously. (more…)
Just like we promised, we’re giving away the new Google Pixel! Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Log in to your account! Super easy, right?
- Spread the word! Share something and tag Linux Academy on Facebook or Twitter. Let your friends know you got a certificate of completion, show off your professional certification, or share one of our blog posts with your followers!
- Learn something! Watch a short Nugget video – some of them are less than 10 minutes – for a quick bit of useful information.
Just complete these three simple steps by December 29 in order to be entered into the competition. The winners will be announced on January 5 and must have an active Linux Academy account to be eligible.
Build your own Linux… from scratch. I can hear you thinking: “Build my own Linux… ok. But from scratch? Like a cake?!” Rest assured, no baked goods are produced (or harmed) in this course.
But it is possible to build a Linux distro a la “The Cake Boss” — using a bit from this can, that box, this jar. Assuming things fit together and work properly, the problem with this process are the limitations inherent in working with pre-packaged components. Don’t want wheat in your cake? If there’s no pre-packaged gluten-free cake mix, you’re out of luck. In much the same fashion, if you want userland binaries or the Kernel built (a) with (or without) certain features, (b) to fit into a pre-determined space, (c) optimized for a specific CPU…well, if you can’t find a box on the shelf, so to speak, you’re also out of luck, unless… (more…)
We’re pleased to announce today that the Community Edition of Linux Academy is now available for free! For no charge, you can access select courses and Live! Labs, student note cards, your profile and certificates, and the vibrant and engaging Linux Academy community of experts.
“Linux Academy is dedicated to helping change the lives of others through education and training. We decided to make our community open to everyone because we want to reduce the barrier to learning and be a one-stop solution for everything a person might need to train on open source and cloud technologies.” – Anthony James, CEO
The following courses are available to free community members:
- AWS Concepts
- Serverless Concepts
- DevOps Essentials
- OpenStack Essentials
- Puppet Quick Start
- Docker Quick Start
- Git Quick Start
- Vim – The Improved Editor
Machine learning is the ability for computer programs to perform specific tasks without being explicitly programmed to do so. These computer programs are backed by self-learning algorithms that rely on training data to learn and improve on accuracy incrementally. When it comes to training data, more is better. The larger the training data set, the more accurate the machine learning program at performing its tasks. Although machine learning has been around since the 1950s, when the first computer program to play the game of checkers was built, the recent “big data era” and the increased availability of tools have pushed the momentum of machine learning. Adoption of machine learning has accelerated where enterprise data is used to build predictive analytical functions that enable business-wide profitable decisions. (more…)