The Lost Art of Disk Quota Management

Once upon a time, disk space was at a premium (in fact, most compute resources were). Many times, companies and educational institutions provided access to systems via a shell (telnet or SSH) to their employees or students. Since those resources were at a premium, they had to be divided amongst the users in various forms. The most common resource that required strict controls was disk space. Even today, you may need to occasionally limit the disk space (or number of files) that a user account can use. It is one of those system administration functions that is used less often, but it is an important topic to understand (and is one of the objectives on the recently launched LPIC-1: System Administrator - Exam 1 Certification Prep Course here at Linux Academy). Let's take a look at some of what goes into restricting disk space for your user community. (more…)

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Behind the scenes

Employee Spotlight: Terry Cox

What do you do at Linux Academy?
Director of Content, Terry Cox
Director of Content, Terry Cox
I'm the Director of Content for Linux and DevOps. I am responsible for producing content in the Linux and DevOps arena as well as leading a team of content authors that are doing the same thing. I have actually been with Linux Academy more than four years (the first three as a part-time content author) and joined as a full-time employee in December of 2015. (more…)

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Using Personal or Side Projects to Show Experience

One of the most common questions we see here is how to show experience and expertise when you are just starting out or have no professional IT experience. Creating a resume and convincing employers to give you a chance can seem insurmountable when your only job experience is working at the local grocery store or your college bookstore. Even if you do have some professional experience, working towards a promotion or switching to a new field can be incredibly difficult if you are not able to show you have experience with the technologies employers are looking for. (more…)

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Introducing: The Orion Papers

We're so excited! Course Author Tom Haslett just refreshed, revamped, and relaunched our AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate course with updated content and 20 hands-on labs. If you are familiar with Tom's AWS Essentials course using the Omega Project, then you will be happy to know he used this same methodology to bring us the Orion Papers, a visual, interactive guide filled with live diagrams and AWS knowledge that you can use as your own personal study resource. We're always trying to incorporate new, innovative tools with our content, and to teach for as many learning styles as we can. (more…)

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