Behind the scenes

Employee Spotlight: Terry Cox

What do you do at Linux Academy?

Director of Content, Terry Cox
Director of Content, Terry Cox

I’m the Director of Content for Linux and DevOps. I am responsible for producing content in the Linux and DevOps arena as well as leading a team of content authors that are doing the same thing. I have actually been with Linux Academy more than four years (the first three as a part-time content author) and joined as a full-time employee in December of 2015. (more…)

Introducing: The Orion Papers

We’re so excited! Course Author Tom Haslett just refreshed, revamped, and relaunched our AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate course with updated content and 20 hands-on labs. If you are familiar with Tom’s AWS Essentials course using the Omega Project, then you will be happy to know he used this same methodology to bring us the Orion Papers, a visual, interactive guide filled with live diagrams and AWS knowledge that you can use as your own personal study resource. We’re always trying to incorporate new, innovative tools with our content, and to teach for as many learning styles as we can. (more…)

What's new in March?

March New Content

What’s new at Linux Academy?

March was a historically exciting month for us at Linux Academy – on top of some great new course launches and refreshes, we launched the open beta of Cloud Assessments! Take a look at what we published this month:

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam 70-532 Prep: This course will cover the exam objectives with regards to the announced Nov 6, 2016 changes. Students will cover the following domains: creating and managing Azure Resource Manager virtual machines; designing and implementing a storage and data strategy; managing identity, application, and network services; and designing and implementing Azure PaaS compute and web and mobile services

OpenStack Essentials – 2017 Refresh: Ever wondered what OpenStack is? This course will leave you with a deep fundamental understanding of OpenStack core components, how it was born, and where it may be headed in the future. We will cover how you can join the community and possibly lend a hand as a contributor.

Certified Jenkins Engineer (CJE): Students will learn how to use Jenkins 2.x.x at a proficient level.  This includes the creation and configuration of jobs and builds, testing, common plugin usage and building pipelines. They will gain knowledge of common CI/CD concepts, and “CD as code” best practices. The material in this course will also help students prepare to pass the Certified Jenkins Engineer 2017 certification.

PPT-204: Puppet 204 – System Administration Using Puppet: This course is designed for those who are seeking a career in DevOps by preparing you for the System Administration Using Puppet certification exam.  You will learn how to manage infrastructure using Puppet Enterprise with common best practices.

AWS Certified Advanced Networking Specialty – Certification: This course has been developed to include everything you will need to pass the AWS Networking Specialty Exam. You are, however, expected to have an AWS associate-level certification and a background in networking will prove to be very useful, but is not necessarily required. In this course, you will build from fundamental networking concepts to deploying your own infrastructure with a heavy focus on networking best practices.

AWS Certified Big Data Specialty – Certification: Big Data is one of the most exciting and in-demand skills powering companies as big as Google and Facebook. It is no wonder Amazon Web Services (AWS) has released a Big Data Certification to catalyze the move to AWS Big Data solutions.This in-depth course will provide you with the required knowledge needed to be prepared to take the AWS Big Data Specialty Certification. We will be cover the various Big Data products available and build highly scalable and secure Big Data applications.

LPIC-1: System Administrator – Exam 101 Course Refresh: This course will help to prepare you for the Linux Professional Institute Level 1 Certification Exam 1. We will cover all of the objectives as listed on the site for this exam. You will learn how to administer users, navigate Linux filesystems, manage processes, start services, use remote network shares and more through this course. Using our practice services, exercises, and Live Labs, you will gain experience you need to be successful in the first part of your journey to the LPIC-1 certification.

Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation Prep Course: The performance-based Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Ansible Automation exam (EX407) tests your ability to use Ansible to automate the configuration of systems and applications.

Deploy and Manage OpenStack on Ubuntu – Newton: This course is designed to give you an understanding of the Identity, Image, Compute, Networking, Dashboard, Block Storage, Object Storage, and Orchestration services and how they fit together in an OpenStack Cluster. You will walk through the basic architecture of a cluster and its networking as we install a five-node OpenStack cluster on VirtualBox, and at the end of the course you will be able to launch and SSH into an instance.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate: This course is the latest version of the AWS CSA and is instructed in a completely new exciting way!  If you are familiar with Tom’s AWS Essentials using the Omega Project then you will be happy to know he used this same methodology in teaching on the AWS CSA certification course.

Assess, Learn, and Earn With Cloud Assessments

You’re Not an Expert Until You Prove It: Try Cloud Assessments Free!

Linux Academy is excited to announce the free public beta launch of Cloud Assessments, a new platform that allows you to prove real, hands-on skills and earn Micro-Certifications. The first Cloud Assessments offerings focus on AWS, where you can now test real ability with performance-based assessments and learn with labs. (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, 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.

Linux Academy: Community Edition

Announcing: Free Community Membership

We’re pleased to announce today that the Community Edition of Linux Academy is now available for free! For no charge, you can access select courses and Live! Labs, student flash cards, your profile and certificates, and the vibrant and engaging Linux Academy community of experts.

“Linux Academy is dedicated to helping change the lives of others through education and training. We decided to make our community open to everyone because we want to reduce the barrier to learning and be a one-stop solution for everything a person might need to train on open source and cloud technologies.” – Anthony James, CEO

The following courses are available to free community members:

For more details, please see the full press release.