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We’re Going to SCaLE 16x!

We’re Going to SCaLE 16x!

We're excited to attend SCaLE 16X – the 16th annual Southern California Linux Expo - taking place on March. 8-11, 2018, at the Pasadena Convention Center! Use our discount code below for 50% off your pass! SCaLE 16x is a non-profit, community run, technical conference in Southern California and is the largest community-run open-source conference in North America! The conference draws in over 3,000 Linux users, developers, and IT professionals for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun times!

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The Journey Begins!

The Journey Begins!

We invited a Linux Academy student, Clint, to the blog to talk about learning, his journey in tech, and switching careers. His journey begins here!While many of my peers appeared to have career paths reaching fruition in their mid-forties, I found myself underpaid, overworked, stagnating, and burned-out with the employer I had relied upon for the prior 20 years of my life.  Unfortunately, changing jobs in my current field of expertise was virtually impossible, as I had previously taken the bait and signed a non-compete clause.  I felt as though I were an indentured servant with no chance of escape until retirement, which was another 20 to 25 years away.  Besides, changing employers in my current industry would have most likely brought the same set of frustrations, except without the tenure and vacation time I had earned for the past 20 years.  I considered changing industries, but this would only land me in an entry-level position as a trainee who must again learn the ropes.  With a wife and children to consider, the salary cut that most beginner positions entail was not an option.  I could not afford to start over again and train for a level of expertise that would not pay off until 15 to 20 years later.  I needed to make a change while taking a step upward, but how? Through the advice of an old friend, I discovered Linux Academy’s online training courses, which offer skills relevant to the IT industry’s most cutting edge innovations.  Unlike earning a new college degree, I was relieved to find that the fees were quite reasonable.  Likewise, Linux Academy’s courses are self-paced, so I am able to fit my studying in around all of my life’s competing demands. Another great feature is that I can gain the proficiency and certifications to build my resume before I begin searching in the field of my choice.  Within a short period of time, even a newbie, like myself, can purportedly seek positions in high demand without being so far behind even the most seasoned experts.

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A Kernel? In a Container?!

A Kernel? In a Container?!

Recently I was blessed with the opportunity to attend KubeCon2017 in Austin, TX, where I had opportunity to get the inside scoop on Kubernetes, OpenShift (❤❤❤). Heptio, and a few other projects that I've come to enjoy since starting my career at Linux Academy. By a stroke of sheer luck, I happened to be present when the OpenStack Foundation announced a totally new project combining elements from Hyper RunV and Intel Clear Containers, named Kata Containers. A basic diagram of Kata Containers infrastructure - from katacontainers.io According to their website, Kata Containers offers "...the speed of containers, [with] the security of VMs" by including a light-weight custom kernel in each container.

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Multiple LXD Hosts Can Share a Discreet Layer-2 Container-Only Network

Multiple LXD Hosts Can Share a Discreet Layer-2 Container-Only Network

Interested in LXD and LXC?  Check out our new LXC/LXD Deep Dive course here at Linux Academy!  We cover topics including installation, launching containers, persistent storage, networking, and even cover some fascinating use cases to make LXC useful and relevant to you right now! We've also created this LXC-LXD Cheat Sheet to help you get started with LXD right away! Introduction LXD is a really fun and easy way to jump into containers, especially if you have some experience with virtual machines.  LXD is designed to create machine containers, which strongly resemble virtual machines, so trying out new distributions or testing application deployments is easy and – dare I say it – fun.  LXD 2.0 brought myriad new features to the platform, but a few tasks remain adorably unfledged. A single node of LXD, for instance, can easily be initialized and containers come up on their own private network with the default settings.  Once a second node is added, a major limitation becomes obvious:  Each node has its own private network for containers and, without some networking jujitsu, will never be able to communicate with one another. Getting all those containers on the same layer 2 network, regardless of which host each one resides on, is what this post is all about.

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New Course: LXC/LXD Deep Dive

New Course: LXC/LXD Deep Dive

We just published our latest course, LXC/LXD Deep Dive, by our Course Author, Chad Miller. Chad has many years of experience teaching technical professionals everything from database design to OpenStack and has spoken at conferences on topics ranging from containers to the best way to configure a storage cluster.The course is divided into six in-depth video segments and runs for a little less than 3 hours.Getting Started With LXC/LXD LXC/LXD: Installation and Configuration LXC/LXD Images LXC/LXD Persistent Storage LXD/LXD Networking Container Use Cases with LXC/LXD

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July New Content

July New Content

Our team has been working hard to give you the latest course information – we just refreshed a Linux course and added two new ones, one in OpenStack and another in Linux! Take a look below:

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BTS: Interop ITX 2017

BTS: Interop ITX 2017

Here at Linux Academy, we create course content day-in and day-out, but that isn't all we do!  We are genuinely passionate about our students and want all of them to succeed!  While our Course Authors do work very hard to provide students with updated, quality content, they are also available for when students have questions.  In fact, we've created a community where you can interact with other fellow students, which continues to grow with each passing day.  Part of the reason why we love what we do here is being able to meet and interact with all of our students (current or future!), especially face-to-face.Recently, the Linux Academy team went to Interop ITX in Vegas and got to meet many students, here are some highlights:

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About That Steve Ballmer Comment …

About That Steve Ballmer Comment …

Search the Internet for "Microsoft and Linux." Go ahead; open a new tab and run that term through Bing. *rimshot* I'll wait.Notice a common thread? I sure do. Virtually every top result harkens back to 2001, the year that Steve Ballmer is credited with calling Linux "a cancer." For nearly two decades, Microsoft waged a holy war against Linux – I've actually had Microsoft employees tell me that the first thing they learned from Redmond were the evils of open source – until 2015, when Microsoft declared its love of Linux and later went on to join the Linux Foundation. When you consider the circumstances, however, it's not at all surprising.

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