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Weekly Update 5-28-2019

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Anthony James Founder/CEOAnthony James Founder/CEO

This week we’ve got two new courses, a bunch of hands-on labs, and an update to the user experience for our hands-on labs. Don’t forget to check out last week’s update for more over our new DevOps courses that we just announced.
New Hands-On Labs Interface
You know we’re all about learning-by-doing, so we’re always looking for ways to make our hands-on experience the best it can be. With that in mind, one of the most recent changes we’ve made to our site is the interface for hands-on labs. We’ve made it easier to use based on our your feedback, by providing upfront information about the hands-on lab before you even start it, such as the objectives you will complete and tips to complete those objectives.
If you’re not familiar with our hands-on labs, hands-on labs are real environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. This way, you can practice your skills before delivering in the real world. For more information over these changes, take a look at our blog post, “Search. Learn. Do: Linux Academy Has a Lab for That”.
New Hands-On Labs Released:
Speaking of hands-on labs, every week we release more, with our newest batch reaching upwards of 26 new labs, including several from our upcoming Red Hat Certified Specialist in Security Prep course that will be releasing later this quarter.
In addition to these new hands-on labs, we’ve released 2 new courses:
  • Encryption Fundamentals: In this course, we explore the basic concepts of cryptography and encryption and discuss the history of the subject from ancient times to the modern day. We will also take a detailed look at how encryption works in practice and learn how we can use it to keep our data secure.
  • Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect: GCP is one of the fastest growing cloud service platforms offered today that lets you run your applications and data workflows at ‘Google-sized’ scale. This is a course you won’t want to miss, especially if you plan to get certified.
Every week, we let you know what’s new with Linux Academy so you can get the most bang for your buck as a Linux Academy member. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay up-to-date with the most effective cloud and Linux learning platform on the planet, and join the official Linux Academy Slack Community to interact with thousands of other IT individuals and our team members! And, don’t forget to take a look at our newest podcast episodes:
  • Coder RadioBatteries are Leaking: A strong argument against Python’s batteries, including how the model exposes some bigger problems that the community is struggling with. Plus lessons learned six years after a project, a new tool, and some feedback.
  • Linux Action NewsLinux Action News 107: Firefox has a new speed trick, openSUSE Leap has a time-traveling kernel while the project plans for the future, and we react to Antergros coming to an end. Plus the ghost of Firefox OS lives on in the well-financed KaiOS, GitHub launches sponsors, and some obvious uses for the new Google Glass 2.
  • LINUX UnpluggedDark Style Rises: Can the Free Desktop avoid being left behind in the going dark revolution? Cassidy from elementary OS joins us to discuss their proposal. Plus we complete our Red Hat arc by giving Silverblue the full workstation shakedown, Drew shares his complete review, and we discuss the loss of Antergros.
  • TechSNAPPrefork Pitfalls: We turn our eye to web server best practices, from the basics of CDNs to the importance of choosing the right multi-processing module. Plus the right way to set up PHP, the trouble with benchmarking, and when to choose NGiNX.
  • User ErrorCross Desktop: Linux desktop standards, how the Web has changed over the years, and the ethics of space exploration. Plus what to do if you see a crime, and the things we hate the most.


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