Windows + Linux

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. (more…)

AWS S3 Cheat Sheet

AWS Simple Storage Service may be one of the easier AWS products to use out of the box, but that doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes need a quick reference for the command line — especially if we’re new to the CLI or what to memorize some S3 feature before the big CSA exam. Which is why for the first AWS-themed cheat sheet, we went with S3. Click on the image below to get the full size!

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Linux Academy

A Year to Remember

Student Success!

We got to celebrate so much student success this past year! You shared more than 1,037 exam passes with us, and over 27 of you let us know about your new jobs. All of us here at Linux Academy are excited to see how your hard work will continue to pay off in 2017.

“It’s been a lucky end of the year for me, since I graduated AND my internship turned into a permanent position. It’s been kind of funny, we haven’t been using AWS pretty much at all at work…but the Linux skills have been incredibly useful. I’ve seen other courses on different websites that teach pretty much just for the tests/certifications, and I’ve been happy that LA teaches for the real-world utilization of skills instead. It’s made a big difference.”
– Jessica V.

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Nerd Wars

Nerd Wars

October 2016 saw several DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks of unprecedented magnitude and impact. When I am impacted by such things, I’m always a little irritated. “Well, if I were administering that (network|data center|server),” I tell myself, “this would never have happened.”

But let’s be real. I can’t say that. Not with any degree of certainty, anyway, and most certainly not without a LOT of hubris. Even with the best centralized logging and diligent engineering teams, during events like the October 2016 attack, any analysis or determination of causality will likely be post-mortem. Mitigation measures have proven themselves effective to varying degrees, but they all have one thing in common: they’re reactive, not proactive. (more…)

Linux Academy partners with Chef!

We’ve Partnered with Chef!

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Chef to provide high-quality, in-depth training to those of you interested in becoming Certified Chef Developers!

If you visit linuxacademy.com/cheftraining, you can get started on the Basic Chef Fluency Course, which will provide a hands-on experience for managing Chef. It will prepare you for the Basic Chef Fluency Badge exam – you’ll even get a coupon code for the exam! If that’s not enough Chef content for you, we’ve also got a Local Cookbook Development course with an anticipated release date of March 2017.

For more information, see Chef’s blog post here.