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Old 05-27-2004, 06:44 AM   #1
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Any good Linux training CDs?

Has anyone had any experience with CD-based Linux training? Are there any good ones out there?

I ask because my job might be letting us take some Linux training. The goal is for a few of us to perform some minor system admin work on existing small servers. Almost all of the folks have little or no exposure to Linux, just some basic Unix use (limited to a little shell scripting to run development and production apps). I am the only one to have used Linux (been using it since RH5.2)

My experience with Unix 'classes' we have been sent to has been to sit and watch someone spin through a slide presentation, usually the same as what is in the class handouts. Most have been a waste of time.

Now they want to send us to a class by a company which really doesn't do Linux training much any more. And it will cost $$$ per day.

I would rather they spend that money on some self-training material and give us each a 2nd PC to learn on (there are no Linux workstations here. (General attitude: 'What is this Linux stuff, anyway?')

Distrowatch has an advertiser named 'Spidertools' who offers training cd's. Anyone used them?
Any other experiences?
Old 05-27-2004, 10:24 AM   #2
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I have been using CBT Nuggets training videos and they are quite good.

or search for them on P2P, but I didn't tell u that !
Old 05-27-2004, 11:39 AM   #3
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I used the CBT nuggets and it was alright but I had to run it on a windoze pc That I did not care for.
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Ironically, the spider tools cd's run on windows!
They do contain quizes but it would be better if they were iinux based so you could follow along.

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Old 05-27-2004, 01:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. I'm going to take a look at those.

Actually, having them run on Win PC's is desirable in a twisted way. The people who will be using them have no Linux experience (except me), and that means that they are Windows users running Windows machines.

We have no PC's running Linux here at work (unless you count the times I boot up a live CD such as Knoppix when no one is looking ).

For a while now, I have been hinting around about getting an extra PC to load my own Linux CD's onto, just to get us started. Well, I might as well have asked for a couple extra weeks of vacation while I was at it. Ferget it, pal...
Old 05-28-2004, 05:29 AM   #6
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You don't need any cd's

Download knoppix and use the terminal until you're a pro. If you have any questions, ask away.
Old 05-28-2004, 06:01 AM   #7
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I like to teach kids how to swim using the same method. You lose some along the way, but sometimes you have to dump a little chlorine in the old gene pool.

Those of us looking to learn a program in the work place don't always have the time to just hack away at it. Some form of guided training lets us know if we are doing things properly, especially if we have never seen the program run before. It's always easier to get where you're going with a map instead of just pointing the car.
Old 05-28-2004, 01:21 PM   #8
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It is simple. Let them install a Linux distro and make them get Wine to work to run the Windows-based CBTNuggets-CDs! Once that is accomplished, they have a grip on Linux... ;-D


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