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Last week, we announced one of our newest course offerings, Build Your Own Linux… from Scratch. This course includes an 115-page PDF booklet detailing the process of building a basic Linux distro from the ground-up, alongside Linux Academy’s normal video lessons. But we decided we liked the book so much, we wanted everyone to have it. So we made it a website and released it for free. takes all the written copy from the Build Your Own Linux course and offers it to anyone interested in learning about how Linux distros go from simple Linux kernel to useable servers. From preparing your workspace to downloading and configuring needed packages, the course — and website — aims to give you a deeper understanding of Linux and how distros are made. And you don’t even need a Linux Academy account!

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AWS Lightsail

AWS Announces: Lightsail, a Simple VPS Solution

With the release of AWS Lightsail, Amazon Web Services steps into the market of easy-to-use and quick-to-provision VPS servers. Currently offering both Ubuntu 16.04 and Amazon Linux AMI images, as well as Bitnami-powered application stacks, Lightsail allows users to spin up a server without any of the additional (and sometimes excess) services normally included in AWS.

Instance Tiers and Costs

As of launch, AWS offers five instance plans:

$5/Mo $10/Mo $20/Mo $40/Mo $80/Mo
1 vCPU 1 vCPU 1 vCPU 2 vCPUs 2 vCPUs
1TB Data Transfer 2TB Data Transfer 3TB Data Transfer 4TB Data Transfer 5TB Data Transfer

Currently, the $5 a month plan is offered free for up to one month, or 750 hours. Additional costs include snapshot (backups) storage and data transfer overage charges; Lightsail technical support starts at $30/month.

Getting Started

You can log on to Amazon Lightsail using your regular AWS account at From here, it’s as easy as selecting Create Instance to get started. (more…)

Exploring SELinux

Exploring SELinux: Context

A key part of SELinux is understanding and using SELinux contexts. Everything on your system contains a context, and these contexts are used to determine which users, applications and services have access to which files, directories and applications. Even without an understanding of detailed policy creation, most SELinux users can manage their systems through using and altering contexts. (more…)