Currently, there are 3 major companies that offer industry recognized Linux certifications: Red Hat, Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and CompTIA. We only discuss Linux+ certification by CompTIA in this article. CompTIA stands for Computing Technology Industry Association and is an association of over 8,000 companies in the IT industry. They provide computer certifications for IT professionals on a variety of subjects. These industry recognized certifications include A+, Network+, Server+, Linux+, Security+ and others.
Linux+ Certification Overview
Linux+ exam provides students with skills needed to install and support one or more distributions of the Linux operating system and learn information and skills that will be helpful for managing Linux systems.
Linux+ Certification Audience
The Linux+ exam is intended for entry-level computer support professionals with basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems, who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of Linux concepts and skills to prepare for a career in Linux support or administration.
Linux+ Certification Objective
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Identify basic Linux concepts and perform basic Linux tasks.
- Manage user and group accounts.
- Manage partitions and the Linux filesystem.
- Manage various files in Linux.
- Work with Linux permissions and ownership.
- Print files.
- Manage packages.
- Manage kernel services.
- Work with the Bash shell.
- Manage jobs and processes.
- Manage system services.
- Configure Linux services to provide users with network connectivity.
- Configure basic Internet services.
- Implement measures to secure a Linux system.
- Manage hardware associated with Linux systems.
- Troubleshoot Linux system issues.
- Install the Linux operating system.
- Configure the GUI.
Unlike LPI and Red Had certifications that are very tough to pass especially for beginners, Linux+ is an ideal choice for the following 4 career paths: 1- System admin, 2- Database admin, 3- Cloud service admin, and 4- General programmers who like to have basic knowledge of Linux operating system, and 5- Non-tech users that like to use Linux operating system on their personal computer or laptop. Indeed, obtaining Linux+ certification is easy and it is recommended for all tech and non-tech professionals. Lastly, even if your goal is to obtain Red Hat or LPI certification, you should start with Linux+ first, then move on to LPI admin certifications ( exam 101 and 102), and finally move on to Red Hat certification like RHCSA for system admin or RHCE for system engineers. Here is a good article for candidates interested in Linux career.
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