The Linux Academy Show and Giveaway!

I’m excited to finally announce, The Linux Academy Show and Giveaway! During this special show we will be giving out FABULOUS PRIZES! To enter, check out the giveaway details.

Prizes aren’t enough? Well wait, theres more!
We’ve been working on some new and previously unmentioned content that is sure to delight and surprise you!

Sill not enough? We’ve got some BIG features we’ve been working on that you won’t find anywhere else!

♬ It’s time to play the music! ♬
♬ It’s time to light the lights! ♬
♬ It’s time to win some prizes on the Linux Academy Show tonight! ♬

Development updates!

Today I’d just like to give some updates on some of the stuff we’ve been working on at the Linux Academy.

Phase 1 of our revamped quiz system has been completed, and older quizzes are being updated to take advantage of these new features.   After you take a quiz, you will now be presented with the correct answer to each question, an explanation of question and answer, and relevant study material.  With this additional feedback, we believe that it will lead to a greater understanding of core concepts presented in the learning material.

We've been busy at the Linux Academy!

At the Linux Academy, helping our student master their skills and expand their knowledge is our number one goal. We’ve recently kicked things into high gear! Today I’d like to tell you some great new features we have been working on, and some special treats we have for you in the coming months.

New Features

We’ve had some excellent suggestions from our users, and we’ve been listening! You’ve been asking for an alternative method to subscribe besides PayPal. I’m happy to announced that we have just finished a major rewrite to our subscription system, and we are now able to accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover as payment options.

You’ve also been asking us to give you the ability to hide the answers to labs. We’ll that is very studious of you! We are currently in the process of rewriting all the labs to include this feature.


The Cron Daemon

Scheduling Recurring Tasks on Linux Using Cron

Cron is a daemon used to schedule any kind of task you can imagine.  It is useful to send out emails on system or program statistics, do regular system maintenance, make backups, or do any task you can think of.  There are similar programs on other Operating Systems.  On Mac OS X, cron has been replaced with another daemon called launchd.  On Windows you have the aptly named “Task Scheduler”.  If you are craving a GUI for Linux, Gnome-based systems like Ubuntu, include Gnome Schedule which acts as a nice front end for cron.



Linux Commands For Beginners: SUDO

Sudo, the one command to rule them all.  It stands for “super user do!”  Pronounced like “sue dough” As a Linux system administrator or power user, it’s one of the most important commands in your arsenal.  Have you ever tried to run a command in terminal only to be given “Access Denied?”  Well this is the command for you!  But, with great power comes great responsibility!  It is much better than logging in as root, or using the su “switch user” command.  Read on to see what sudo can do for you!



Debugging With an Android Hardware Device

Hi again Android programmers!  I can call you that now since you have completed our first tutorial right?  In our first tutorial I picked you up off the bare floor, dusted you off a bit, and gave you to tools necessary to embark on our journey.  We installed the Android SDK, setup the virtual machine, and wrote our first Android app.

This time we are going to slow things down just a tad a focus on just one thing.  We are going to break out of the confines and slowness of the emulator and bring that app into reality.  And by that I mean running and debugging your applications on your own phone or tablet!  How else are you going to show off what you have done?  “Hey guys, come and look and what I made on my computer.”  WRONG!  That’s NOT how we do it.  You have to put it in their face!

You don’t have an app to show off?  You didn’t complete the first tutorial did you?  You don’t have an Android device?  Why don’t you take this coloring book and sit in the corner?.  The rest of us can get started.



Getting Started With SDK And Building Your First Android App

Hello aspiring programmers! How cool would it be to write an app in Android? The great thing about Android programming is its freedom and portability. When I say freedom, I’m talking about its zero cost and open source nature. All the tools will be provided. You won’t even be needing an Android phone. A virtual machine is included to run your apps. Of course you can also run your app on your phone, your aunt’s phone, or on anyone’s you like. Maybe you’d like to try and strike it rich and publish your own brilliant app in the Google Play Market. What do you want to make? The hottest game? A cool productivity app? Something that could save lives? Ideas like these will fuel your learning. So think of something you might actually want to build beyond these tutorials. Are you ready? Through the rabbit hole we go.