Getting Comfortable with PowerShell

Getting Comfortable with PowerShell – A New Course Series By Linux Academy

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…)

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Enter to Win a Google Pixel

Just like we promised, we’re giving away the new Google Pixel! Here’s how you can enter to win:

  1. Log in to your account! Super easy, right?
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

Good luck!

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Build Your Own Linux

Build Your Own Linux… From Scratch

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…)

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Linux Academy: Community Edition

Announcing: Free Community Membership

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:

For more details, please see the full press release. 

 

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AWS and the Internet of Things

AWS and the Internet of Things

IoT has become one of the hot topics of the tech industry. From dedicated sessions at Amazon’s re:Invent 2016 to the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017, the term comes up everywhere. IoT refers to an interconnected network of smart devices sending data to the Internet. The list includes your washing machine, A/C thermostat, car, watch, TV and almost anything else that has a ‘chip.’ By some estimations, there will be 6.4 billion connected devices by the end of 2016, generating $1.4 Billion in revenue and growing [1]. With those revenue projections, it is no surprise that companies like Amazon have already launched their IoT platforms.

The Amazon eco-system offers services like Amazon Cognito, AWS Lambda, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon S3, Amazon Machine Learning, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail, and Amazon Elasticsearch Service with built-in Kibana integration to build IoT applications that gather, process, analyze and act on data generated by connected devices, without having to manage any infrastructure [2]. Pricing for the US East and US West Regions are a flat $5 per one million messages [3]. (more…)

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New Course: Machine Learning with Azure!

Linux Academy Announces Machine Learning with Azure

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…)

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Linux Academy New Features!

New Features!

Our developers and instructors have been working away at bringing you new courses and features here at Linux Academy! Here’s some of the content we released last week:

  • AWS Essentials – A new course from instructor Tom Haslett that will introduce you to AWS, walk you through the process of setting up your own AWS account, and teach you the essentials to get you using AWS’s core services. No prior AWS experience needed!
  • Serverless Concepts – We’re so excited for instructor Johnny Jelinek’s first course, which will teach you the basics of this hot new technology, including AWS Lambda, Google Firebase, and more.
  • Amazon Marketplace – The Linux Academy Android App is now available on the Amazon Marketplace! Study with Linux Academy on your Amazon Fire device.
  • Course Reset – Want to go back and start from the beginning? You can now reset progress on a course you’ve started.

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  • New Speed Controls – In addition to the 15 second flashback feature we announced last week, we’ve added new options for video speed. You can watch at 0.5x, 0.75x, 1x, 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x, or 2x.
  • New Dashboard – Test out your new dashboard, which will make it easier to find your in-progress courses, learning paths, and bookmarks.

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AWS Shield

Cloud Compliance – How AWS Shield Plays a Part

In our last article, we took a look at some of the most common compliance regulations that affect IT organizations and their cloud stratagem. Understanding the requirements around compliance can help to inform your cloud infrastructure plans, but is only part of the equation. Today, I want to talk about how the recently announced (AWS re:Invent 2016) AWS Shield can help organizations put some of the complex issues into perspective in a more comprehensive policy. (more…)

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