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Old 07-30-2013, 05:29 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Developing a Virtualized FreeBSD Guest for FREE LPI Certification Tutorials

  1. Advise/Recommendations for Dev. Workflow
  2. Advise/Links to useful resources


Create a FREE VirtualBox Guest Machine with FREE embedded custom learning content pre-loaded.

  1. Probable target OS will be FreeBSD (long story here).
  2. Target audience: Mac/Win users, new to Linux
  3. Modular HTML curriculum
  4. Tools/Packages: Probably linked to, but possibly pre-installed
  5. Ease of use for students (one download, one click - almost)
  6. Ease of dev/maintenance (Git/SVN/SourceForge?)
  7. Possibly (eventually) target initial LPI cert (or BSDA, if FreeBSD VM) *
  8. Share via torrent, keep size < 2 Gigs

  1. There is no SME thus far (just me).
  2. I have used Linux off/on for over 10 yrs
  3. My Pearl/bash script skills are weak
  4. I'll leverage non-profit/educ "fair use" rules.

  1. I have created Captivate SCORM modules
  2. I have created Camptasia tutorials
  3. I have worked with almost every major LMS
  4. I've used virtual guests for many years.

Thank you so much!,

* EDITED (Aug.8th, 2013): Curriculum should match the VM OS, if a certification is considered as a learning objective at some point, and differences in BSD/Linux are significant, potentially even for introductory level learning.

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Old 07-31-2013, 02:10 PM   #2
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I'm confused here. You want to teach Linux Professional Institute certification on FreeBSD? You do realise they're not the same thing at all?
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Hi 273,

Thank you for helping correct course here.
  • Before I posted this, I was not aware of just how very different FreeBSD and Linux are, or that the LPI Certification was Linux-specific.
  • The old saying BSD on the Server, and Linux on the desktop, was (I thought) primarily just a reflection of the stability of BSD derivatives.

I am hoping you might also provide critique of some of my other assumptions, below:
  • I suspect many people (especially more techie folks), would like to have quick easy access to a BSD/Linux box for months of learning.
  • Bare metal/dual booting is too time-consuming (and risky if you've only 1 good box) for micro-learning moments modern busy adults have.
  • They don't want to have to remote desktop to, or even worse, turn around in their chair, or KVM to a noisy electricity hogging extra box.
  • They wouldn't mind very much the time expense and bandwidth hog of a 3 or 4 gig full-featured VM download, but what to do once they have it?
  • In my experience, when adult IT workers download a BSD/Linux VM out of curiosity, they play with it once or twice, then abandon or forget it.
  • In years past, I have downloaded a BSD/Linux VM, or installed it on a machine, I used it for what I needed, and then abandoned/forgot it.
  • MANY IT pro's w/over a decade using Win/Mac, who work FT, are too locked into workflows/toolsets to migrate 100% (home AND work) to BSD/Linux.
  • After a few bad experiences seeking/trying/struggling with new tools that don't work as well, as easily, as quickly, they'll start to look back.
  • Most people still in the early summer of their career, are more immune to change than those of us in the Fall, whence we begin become brittle.
  • Even though running Linux as host, and when no alt. app works, not even Wine, then using Win VM, would together work fine, people won't do it.
  • My own interest (as instructor), is more focused on using technology in the various stages of IT curriculum design, navigation, and delivery.
  • What I have learned about adult students, is that they EXPECT a standard of learning ease, efficiency, and segmentation unheard of 10 yrs ago.
  • What adult IT students want, is a single downloadable VM that FREE, that they boot in Quemu/VB, and follow the prompts of embedded tutorials.
  • They need to know that what they are downloading, is a fully functional, full-size OS, that they might then (after the tutorials) migrate to.
  • This VM should be at their "SINGLE-CLICK" bechon, for quick, easy access, over a period of weeks, able to pick right up where they left off.
  • This easy-to-run VM micro-learning experience should make no changes on their machine, be quickly available on their primary box, just-in-time.

  • As to whether the curriculum should focus on a BSD or Linux, I'm not sure which would be best, but I now know that the VM used depends on this.
  • In addition, I have since started to consider two very different kinds of curriculum, one that might use a very small VM, and one much larger.
  • One VM might be FreeBSD (possibly no desktop), with a no-install/portable emu (Quemu), as a very small package focused on BSDA Certification.
  • Another VM, might be RedHat (with a desktop), but this time assuming virtualbox, and this one focused on RHCE/Linux+, or LPI Certification.
  • And I could create one other VM, also much larger (with a desktop), assuming virtualbox, but focused on general usage/potential immigrants.

Guiding design principles regarding [ideal] "Low-Barrier Learning Content Qualities" (*):
  1. near-instant access/portability
  2. near-zero setup/pre-learning
  3. state-saves/continuation
  4. segmentability/branching
  5. adjustable difficulty/speed
  6. transferability/sim fidelity
  7. zero risk/switching cost

* These principles are impossible to implement, and merely represent ideal design, to capture more successful learning moments, for more students.


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gosh, you were going to TEACH without even beginning to understand first? nice...


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