Lessons in Linux

• Service Configuration: The ability to plan, establish, and maintain a consistent system life cycle to ensure a healthy system •  Scripting/Development: The ability to write code using command languages and programming languages, such as Bash or Python • Security: The ability to protect a Linux system frommalicious hackers • Troubleshooting: The ability to leverage different Linux commands to identify and fix bugs • Soft Skills: The ability to problem solve, communicate, work in teams, etc. How to Learn Linux It’s never been a better time to begin exploring Linux. Over the years, companies such as Red Hat have put effort toward making system administration and development easier to master. In turn, today’s Linux graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are highly functional and significantly less intimidating. To begin your journey through the Linux space, you will have to make a few choices: 1.  Choose a Linux Distribution: Linux is not developed by a single entity, so there are multiple different distributions (distros) that can take code from Linux open-source projects and compile it for you. Since these distros choose your default software (desktop environment, browser, etc.), all that’s left for you to do is boot up and install. 2.  Choose a Virtualization Solution: Linux virtualization is used to isolate your operating systems so you can run multiple virtual machines on one physical machine, and in turn save time, money and energy on maintaining multiple physical servers. Some popular selections include VMWare, VirtualBox (Oracle) and Hyper-V (Microsoft). 3.  Set Up Your Linux Play Space and Explore: Once you log in to your virtualization environment, you can start learning and practicing. The best way to become comfortable with Linux is to jump in and get your hands dirty. •  Find a Mentor: Though the Linux community is incredibly diverse, there is one thing that all Linux users have in common: they LOVE Linux. Develop a relationship with an experienced Linux user to not only gain valuable insight on Linux topics, but also discover the source of their passion! • Join a Linux Study Group: Speaking of community, it’s important to realize that you’re not alone as a Linux beginner! As the open-source operating system gains popularity, multiple IT pros are converting to Linux daily. Seek out forums, study groups and other learning opportunities to develop your skills alongside others. •  Get Certified: There’s no better way to boost your confidence and prove your understanding of Linux than becoming Linux+ certified. Preparing for CompTIA’s Linux+ certification examwill help you fill gaps of knowledge and validate your Linux skills. Ready to take your Linux experience to the next level? Learn from the experience of others and consider getting an IT certification like CompTIA Linux+.

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