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Find Your Community in IRC

Historically, IRC has been one of the strongest and most active forms of online communication, featuring various networks and channels on a variety of topics. Channels work as chat room-like settings in which to talk to others; channels exist inside networks and users on the same network can also message each other privately. (more…)

Linux Academy’s New Look

Now more stylishly dressed... just for you!

While we’ve been adding a lot of amazing features to our website for students, we did not want to forget about those still looking in from the outside — our potential users! So we redid our external website.

The new style makes it easy for potential users to search through our feature-rich platform, for both users and teams. Learn about what exactly a Live! Lab entails or how, as a team leader, you can set up training for your employees to walk them through the path to success.

The new design also highlights the courses and content like never before, so you can conveniently search through all our offered content before joining, including new instructor bios, so you can feel more secure knowing you are being taught by passionate industry professionals.

So what are you waiting for? Check it out!

Azure Essentials

Linux Academy introduces Microsoft Azure Essentials

This week we released the first course for our Microsoft Azure cloud training. This is an introductory course for learning about the basic concepts of Microsoft Azure, what it can do for us and how to get started. This course is the first of what we hope to be many Azure training courses, due to popular demand from our users.

So what is Azure anyway? Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers. Simply put, if you are familiar with Amazon Web Services, Azure is Microsoft’s cloud services offering. Depending on your business needs, for a public cloud or hybrid cloud, there are many reasons your organization may be using one over the other. (And as a fun side note: You can absolutely run your Linux application workloads and Linux distributions within Azure too!) (more…)

Vim

A Vim Reference Guide

Vim is a powerful text editor favored by many sysadmins and developers. The only problem is with power comes with a learning curve. With a variety of commands to use and memorize, starting writing and editing your files in Vim can be a daunting task. Luckily, we at Linux Academy have got your back, with a fun background image of basic (and some not-so-basic) Vim commands! Check it out below, and remember to click to see it in its full-size glory! (more…)

PGP

Personal Security – Importing, Verifying and Signing PGP Keys

In our last article, we went over how to create keys that we can share with others. Before we get into using them in our email program of choice, we have to know a bit more about how to work with the keys we get from others. In today’s article, we will be discussing how to import keys that we receive from others as well as how to then verify the other person’s identity with their key and then signing it, so our software knows it is trusted. (more…)

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Flash Cards and Social Systems

Not long ago, we released our flash card beta for the Linux Academy: Students could create flash cards to study from right on the website. But as we know, betas are never the final version of something, and our flash cards have evolved into something much more. Make no mistake: They still function as digital flash cards, but a social aspect has now been added, as well as a more user-friendly system with which to study. (more…)