[aklug] Re: Linux Certification Courses

From: Shane R. Spencer <shane@bogomip.com>
Date: Wed Oct 19 2011 - 09:01:10 AKDT

I'm somewhat amused at how modern this list is. Also I don't get to be an old fart very
often (because I'm not.. I'm 32) however I find a lot of whats on this list to be
amazingly awesome and I wish I had access to a lot of it when I was in full on
learnlearnlearn mode.

  Google - I wish I had me some of that during K12.
  StackExchange (StackOverflow, ServerFault) - Karma turned into knowledge
  Blogs - Knowledge from a narrow point of view
  Virtualization - I had UML and bochs.. UML was the winner.. Now it's all super hyper cool.
  Large monitors - I had a 24" BNC CRT for CAD that was gifted to me - I'm wondering how
much of my mind has been sucked back into the ethereal realm by the rays. LCD prices are
so cheap.. I am so jealous :)

From what I hear.. my environment and tools pampered me quite a bit. Now new learners to
FOSS-FU have far too much information to draw from, better (questionable) methods to stay
social with other people, and a lot of top-down interest in people learning the specifics.
 It used to be bottom-up convincing employers that FOSS will work for them.

On 10/18/2011 09:47 PM, Royce Williams wrote:
> Shane, that made me laugh out loud! My list has some overlap ... I went a little overboard here, but it was a useful re-grounding for me.
> OK, here's my list. Michael, I'm sure this is waaay more than what you were looking for, and probably not exactly what you had in mind, but it's what I think would really be helpful.
> Gear and environment:
> * Clearly-lit room. ;-)
> * Full-ear-coverage sound-suppression earmuffs (for when sounds get distracting, but easy to don/remove).
> * Clean desk: random cruft and side projects packed away.
> * Clear schedule: chunk of inviolate uninterruptible time ... and a partner who will help protect it.
> * Clear head: a place to note random tasks, thoughts and worries to review later.
> * "Flow music" (ambient, industrial, whatever energizes without distracting).
> * Fresh supply of whatever you use to brainstorm (paper/pencils, etc.)
> Equipment:
> * Beefy virtualization hardware (so you can easily break things with wild abandon, and then roll back).
> * Big monitors, if you can swing it.
> * A few Linux and Unix-like distros (to see how different OSes handle the same problems) -- including source.
> * Timers (physical or virtual) for sprints of focus, eye/stretch breaks, etc.
> Resources:
> * An understanding of intermediate/advanced Google search operators and techniques.
> * Heavy use of serverfault.com, including having non-applicable platforms filtered out up front.
> * Subscribe to blogs by people traveling the same path.
> Tools and techniques:
> * Hotkeys for moving windows to specific areas.
> * An understanding of how to tell which resources are being used by which processes.
> * Know your basic atomic Unix utilities: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Unix_utilities
> * Learn vim (see my previous evangelizing on this topic). ;-)
> Approach:
> * Pursue a project you're personally compelled to complete, for which Linux can be part of the answer.
> * The aforementioned WHY drive, including childlike wonder and playful experimentation.
> * Peer empathy: think about what other people in your position need to know.
> Philosophy and history:
> * Lasser's book _THINK Unix_ (for philosophical grounding).
> * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix
> * http://catb.org/~esr/writings/taoup/html/
> Support:
> * Papa Murphy's Gourmet Veggie pizza.
> * Guyot stainless bottle with optional Gription lid/handle (for large, unspillable water).
> * Peanut Butter M&Ms (for rewards when milestones are reached).
> * Weights or bike nearby for change of pace, stimulating inter-hemispheric communication.
> * Regular sleep. Cannot stress this enough.
> Royce
> Shane R. Spencer said, on 10/18/2011 02:19 PM:
>> Prerequisites:
>> Dark Room
>> Hot Pockets
>> Xena Seasons 1-6
>> An unstoppable curiosity for WHY things work.
>> On 10/18/2011 12:18 PM, Michael Horton wrote:
>>> Does anybody know of a good program to go through that will teach me the ins
>>> and outs of everything Linux? I have found this link through LPI that gives
>>> me various vendors that can help me prepare to take a cert course, anybody
>>> have suggestions?
>>> http://www.lpi.org/eng/training__1/study_materials/new_exam_preparation_resources_for_revised_lpic_exams
>>> Thanks,
>>> - Michael
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