Archive for March 6th, 2012

Ubuntu 12.04 Beta1 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Introduction

Two new operating system versions are scheduled for release soon: Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8. Since beta, trial versions of both operating systems are freely available for download, I thought it would be interesting to give both a try and see how they compare to each other.

This is an informal review based on everyday usage. I focus on usability to get an idea of what is in store for these operating systems and to answer a very important question for each one: “Is this something I would want to use?”

Three operating systems are tested:
Ubuntu 12.04 beta1 (32-bit), Ubuntu 12.04 beta1 (64-bit), and Windows 8 Consumer Preview (32-bit). While this is primarily a 32-bit comparison, I included Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit just to see how its 64-bit requirements would compare with the 32-bit versions.

Here are my results…

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Book Review: Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification

March 6, 2012

Introduction

Are you studying to take the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exam? If so, then the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification from Course Technology will help increase your knowledge since it covers most of the exam objectives.

There are two versions of this study book: The older second edition (2006, green cover) and the newer third edition (2011, orange cover). Both books are nearly identical, so this review applies to both editions.

While the 2nd edition covers the older CompTIA Linux+ exam, the 3rd edition covers the material needed to pass the new CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI exams (LX0-101 and LX0-102). I had the opportunity to read through the Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification 3rd Edition and compare it to the 2006 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification 2nd Edition to find out what differences exist between the two books and to determine if the 3rd edition is worth the high retail price.

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What Is Linux Certification?

Introduction

Do you wish to increase your Linux knowledge and have some form of recognition? Good news! Linux certifications exist, and they are worth pursuing due to the journey of knowledge they offer.

I have Linux certifications from both CompTIA and LPI (Linux Professional Institute), so, based upon my experience in obtaining Linux certifications, here are some thoughts that might help others wondering what is involved.

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Linux Likes

March 6, 2014

After using Linux extensively as my main system for many years, I asked the question, “What do I like so much about Linux? What makes it better for me than any other operating system I have used and why?” Answers poured out, and here are mine.

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