Linux fans, rejoice! Shawn Powers has completed his Linux LPI LPIC-2: Exam 201 course. The entry-level, 37-video course focuses on the topics covered on the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) 201 exam, including kernels, SystemV, RAID, tuning hard drives, and more. Advance your Linux skills with the help of a Linux guru! Shawn is a longtime Open Source champion and an editor for Linux Journal.
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this technology? What value does it bring?
Because Linux users are generally better looking, and attractive office workers improve attendance, driving down sick-leave inefficiencies. Or, because Linux continues to dominate in the data center. Having advanced knowledge and problem-solving skills makes for better technology decisions. Plus, advanced troubleshooting skills reduce downtime.
Q: From a student perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
I tried to teach to someone who mastered the LPIC-1 level of Linux administration. It allowed me to skip some of the basic explanations and focus on more complex issues. I found myself referring to the LPIC-1 course often, especially when concerning topics that aren’t often dealt with. It’s nice to have the earlier courses as reference.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course?
Do everything we learn together on your own after we do it in the Nugget. Then try to break it. And then fix it. Also: Take frequent VM snapshots in case you mess something up so bad you can’t fix it. (Then break it again and see if you can figure out what went wrong!)
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
This course takes you from understanding Linux to being the person who troubleshoots when unexpected problems crop up.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create? I really enjoyed the network troubleshooting Nugget. It was as close to a real world problem as I could muster, with more than one problem to solve.
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training?
Being a system administrator is more than knowing the tools and systems. It really requires the ability to think outside the box. While this course prepares for LPIC-2 certification, ultimately it prepares learners to be system administrators, which makes a person far more valuable as an employee (or potential employee).