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ceantuco 11-17-2016 02:28 PM

Linux+ Certification

I will be taking a Linux class at my school. The book for this class is the 2nd edition which covers exams LX0-101 & 102. (ISBN 1118531744) I asked my professor if I can purchase third edition instead since it covers the new exams LX0-103 & 104 (ISBN 1119021219) but he said no since his class is based on the older book.

My question is, would it make a difference if I read/study the old book and attempt to take the Linux+ new exams? I don't want to throw away $300+ in the exams.

I checked the exams objectives and most of them are very similar.

Please advise

sag47 11-21-2016 05:41 PM

Sounds like your teacher is being short sighted in general. It makes sense to use the latest material for exam purposes. I don't see a reason why you can't purchase the new book but pair with a classmate to get the assignments. Even if it's as simple as taking a picture of their questions before leaving class.

It shouldn't affect your grades. If he decides to be harsher on your grades for buying a newer book I would lodge a complaint against him with his superior.

Jjanel 11-21-2016 07:56 PM

A 'bigger' question is: are you wasting your money on that class [?]
(you may already know most of it, and this/any class/book won't ensure passing)

On Amazon, you can actually read a 'lot' of both books! (systemd is main addition!)

How important is getting the highest grade? You can buy the new book and look up the minor page# differences (in case instructor references exact pages/exercises).

Be a 'rebel': Linux is;). Buy the new edition (& politely shame that dated instructor)!
You'll be the hero of the other&future students ;)

p.s. NOT advised, but IF you want to start a WAR with that instructor, [rudely]
interrupt intro by asking: "systemd is #1 Linux issue: are you an expert on this?" :D

ceantuco 11-22-2016 09:30 AM

Thank you Sag47 and Jjanel for your responses. Yes, I believe my teacher is being short sighted. What he said was that he has not reviewed the new edition therefore, he cannot use it. Last night I purchased the new edition and downloaded the old edition as PDF for free. YAY! it is an online class so I will not see any classmates.
Well, this course is required to obtain my Bachelor's degree so yeah, i am wasting my money! LOL $2000.00 per 3 credits! :(

yes I should start the systemd debate! thank you guys!

sag47 11-22-2016 09:42 AM

Good luck in your class. If you're interested in Linux system administration as a profession then I recommend reading this LQ reply (here's another reply which is more focused). The information in those links is a bit dated but still relevant for a job.

ceantuco 11-22-2016 10:45 AM

Thank you Sag47! I currently work as a Systems Administrator for a company. I have implemented a couple CentOS servers and also run a Xbuntu workstation for lookups, testing, etc. Cheers!

JockVSJock 12-19-2016 09:01 AM

IMO, the majority of schools in the USA are not going to prepare you for either a career or for what it takes to be successful in IT. Been there, done that.

As for Linux+, I would go to CompTIAs website and make sure the newest test number matches up with a book say from Amazon, that way your studying from the latest material if and when you decide to test.

As for Linux+, its an ok stepping stone to learn Linux. The test is all multiple guess and you don't get any real knowledge or skills with it. I would recommend that you check our Red Hat's RHCSA. It is their entry level cert for Red Hat Sys Admins where you are tested in a simulated environment on configuring a RHEL7 server.

Mystified 02-03-2017 03:47 PM

I have 5 comptia certs. what a waste of money. At least for me.

JockVSJock 02-04-2017 10:57 AM


Originally Posted by Mystified (Post 5664680)
I have 5 comptia certs. what a waste of money. At least for me.

Agreed...CompTIA is a joke. Overpriced and has no value in the marketplace. A total waste.

sundialsvcs 02-08-2017 08:54 PM

"Gentlepeople," the actual world of business(!) frankly has z-e-r-o to do with ... "an exam!"

Face it: "school is over." :tisk:

In the real world, nothing is ever so cut and dry. Perhaps your client/employer sells hay. Perhaps your client/employer sells cruises. Perhaps your client/employer ... "oh, I hope you get the idea!"

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