Review: Linux Academy

A few weeks ago, while listening to the Everyday Linux podcast, I heard them talking about a site called the Linux Academy.  I have always had a desire to learn more about linux and have been playing with different distributions for many years.  I never really got deep into it, I mostly just played with a lot of live cd’s.  It seemed like every site I went to was way over my head and seemed to assume that you had a good understanding of linux already.

I decided to try Linux Academy, since the 14-day trial only costs $1.  I was immediately impressed, the courses are broken into small modules which are easy to consume.  The content is great and they even offer you a free virtual server to practice what you have learned.  I immediately began learning things that I never knew before, which makes it really exciting. This is a great training tool for beginners and if you have some knowledge of linux already, they make it easy to jump around to the topics that you need to brush up on.

If you have ever wanted to learn linux, but felt intimidated by the many sites that seem to be a bit over your head, I highly recommend Linux Academy.  The reviews I have heard are of the many people who have passed their Linux+ LPIC Level 1 Exam.

Many of the cloud services offered today operate on linux servers, so having your Linux+ certificate can put you in a good position for a well paying career.  Give it a try, I really think you will like it as much as I do.

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