LPI-101 and 102 exam with all theoretical knowledge
My question is about LPI exam 101 and 102.
I have no academical education in computers and my field is even rather far from it. I just needed to run some codes in linux and it led me to become interested in many details about it.
Recently, I took an LPI course. I had passed some network courses in the past three years and therefore I could only understand most of "102 Exam Topics" and some 101 topics "just" theoretically. But those in our class, seems to be working as a server administrator and had the experience to work with the commands and so on...
I really like to take LPI 101 and 102 exam and I want to know if it is possible for me who only have theoretical knowledge on the concepts to pass it in a matter of one month?
I think a month would be a pretty aggressive plan, but that would all depend on the amount of time that you could dedicate to studying and learning the material. I would highly recommend loading a box with Linux to better familiarize yourself with the commands in the process. Linux goes very deep, and though it can be fairly easy to operate on the surface, there is still a lot of depth to it's capability, and it would be hard to learn it all overnight.
Have a look here : http://www.lpi.org/exam-preparation/self-study
The "Linux essentials" ebook is free and up to date. Its purpose is to give information about the main commands.
I read it in one week. Reading and self-training should take a bit more time than just reading. I evalute it to about 50-100h.
You can, if you put your mind to it, get all the training you really need, just by setting up a virtual-machine that runs Linux ... go ahead, buy a copy of commercial or student VMWare ... then working through the plentiful on-line tutorials and resources that are available all over the Internet.
You won't come away with any "certificate" to hang on your wall – but, so what. It won't actually do you any good, anyway. What you need is to know how to do with Linux, whatever it is you need to do with Linux.
Exam-prep materials are a handy resource if you can get them for free and if they are not too vendor-specific, which unfortunately most of them (being sponsored by a particular vendor) are. But you can actually get the same things done faster with targeted self-study: focus on specifically what you want to do, then search specifically for that.
You are, no matter what, going to experience "taking a sip from a firehose." Especially at first. I've been doing software professionally for thirty years now, and, the first time I encountered Linux and seriously began to self-study it, it smacked me in the face. Hard. It's not the only operating system I have self-studied (MVS, anyone?), but this one really made me feel like an idiot for a long time. Then .. then .. the light-bulbs finally started turning on in my head, as I knew they eventually would.
Thanks for your valuable reply. I am going to read it again and again and do what you suggested.
Well, as I said I have no academic computer knowledge and my field is quite far from it. I really felt what you say last week when I was in LPIC-1 class.
I really don't want the certificate to hang on the wall. I really like to have the knowledge. My intention is to start my work in a high performance computing center as a server admin and that's why I need deep knowledge about Linux and of course the certificate is needed for their admission.
Thanks again for your nice reply.
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