Welcome to the first Weekly Update of July and the overview for the month We’ve got a lot coming up, so make sure to keep an eye out so that you don’t miss a thing. With a plan to launch over 55 new Linux Academy Hands-On Labs this month, you’re going to want to keep up-to-date and see what’s coming.

Community

During July, we have some exciting new releases for our Community members, both paid and unpaid. The first is the launch of a new study group called the Symantec Threat Report Run Down! The study group goes over what Symantec saw as the biggest threat vulnerabilities in 2018. The study group begins on July 9th, so make sure to take part if the topic interests you!
We’ve also added 9 more courses to our free rotation for July as part of our Community Edition! To learn more, go to the Linux Academy search engine, and select Community Edition under the content type. All of the courses that appear are 100% free, only requiring you to sign up for a free Community Edition account.

10 New Courses

This month, we plan on releasing 10 new courses, some of which will be made as early access, allowing you to give feedback as the lab is built! Here is what we have in store for you.

  • Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security Prep Course – This course prepares you for the performance-based Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security exam (EX415) which tests your ability to perform several systems administration tasks focused on securing servers. 
  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Fundamentals – This course is designed to give you a high-level understanding of how to implement and maintain an environment that supports SSL and TLS (Transport Layer Security).
  • Azure CLI Essentials – You will learn essential concepts of the Azure CLI to create and manage resources in Azure, and also gain a basic understanding of how to build your own scripts.
  • Kubernetes Security (Advanced Concepts) – This course is the second part of the Kubernetes Security series. This course guides the student through implementing network policy and then goes through the administrative steps necessary to build, launch, and maintain a secure Kubernetes Cluster.

Early Access Courses

The rest of the courses I’m going to be covering are currently in Early Access. When we say a course is in early access, we mean that the course is still being built when it is released, with the first few parts up and ready for use. By doing this, our Teaching Architects can get feedback over the course as they build, tweaking where you think it needs tweaking and using that information to produce even better content in the later portions.
Here’s what we have for our early access:
  • Puppet Professional Certification – PPT206 We will cover everything from basic module authoring to setting up multi-master environments that allow us to push code across massive infrastructures and manage our hosts with features, such as Code Manager, Bolt, and PuppetDB.
  • Microsoft Azure Administrator – Exam AZ-103 – This course will help prepare you for the AZ-103 exam with practical labs and demonstrations.
  • Docker Certified Associate (DCA)In this course, we will cover the concepts and objectives you need to know to effectively use Docker as well as earn your certification. 

4 AWS Early Access Courses

  • AWS Certified Machine Learning – Specialty – This course has been developed to provide you with the requisite knowledge to pass not only the AWS ML-C01 certification exam but also gain the hands-on experience required to use machine learning and deep learning in a real-world environment.
  • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator Associate (SOA-C01)This course has been developed to provide you with the requisite knowledge to not only pass the AWS SysOps Administrator certification exam but also gain the hands-on experience required to become a qualified AWS Systems Operator working in a real-world environment.
  • AWS Cloud Practitioner (CLF-C01)As the cloud computing industry continues to grow, understanding its concepts, purpose, and use cases will become an increasingly valuable skill among non-IT individuals and employees. With that in mind, AWS created an exam that covers the very basics of their cloud computing platform and tests you on basic AWS services, benefits, concepts, and use cases — all without having to know detailed technical terms, concepts, and know-how. For those who want to learn these basics, this course has been designed with two main objectives in mind:
    • Prepare you to pass the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.
    • Learn the foundations of cloud computing and AWS, including its primary services, benefits, and use cases. 
  • AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level (Prep Course) – This course prepares you to take the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification exam, including 2019 updates.

Don’t forget to take a look at our new Podcast episodes!

  • Choose Linux — Regolith, Rosa, and Antsy Alien Attack: Two new hosts join Joe to talk about a nice i3 implementation and an amazing arcade game written in Bash. Plus a new segment called Distrohoppers, and a useful hidden feature of GNOME.
  • Coder RadioFind Your Off-Ramp | Coder Radio 363: We take on the issues of burnout, work communication culture, and keeping everything in balance. Plus Wes asks ‘Why Not Kotlin’ and breaks down where it fits in his toolbox.
    Linux Action NewsLinux Action News 112: We’ve got the new Raspberry Pi 4 and share our thoughts, why Microsoft applied to join the Linux-distro’s mailing list, and Ubuntu’s 32-bit future is clarified. Plus Mozilla big plans Firefox on Android, and the future of Steam on Linux.
  • LINUX UnpluggedWhat’s your NextCloud?: Go full self-hosted with our team’s tips, and we share our setups from simple to complex. Plus what really happens on a 64-bit Linux box when you run 32-bit software, some very handy picks, our reaction to the new Raspberry Pi 4 and more.
  • Tech SnapSACK Attack: A new vulnerability may be the next ‘Ping of Death’; we explore the details of SACK Panic and break down what you need to know. Plus Firefox zero targeting Coinbase, the latest update on Rowhammer, and a few more reasons it’s a great time to be a ZFS user.
  • User ErrorDelete Your Community: Two #AskError specials in a row! Advice for our younger selves, leaving communities, our listening habits, and hoarding. Plus the most pressing question that’s ever been asked on the show, and more.

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