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    Nightshade you should write a Linux Administration for Noobs book teach people how to configure services and do basic scripting and stuff that would be awesome I would buy it

    Roderick smith book sucks Your right aswell it does not flow well at all there is a huge gap in the market for easy to follow and understand documentation especially for users who make the transition from windows a Recipe format Linux+ book would be awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by ally_uk View Post
    Nightshade you should write a Linux Administration for Noobs book teach people how to configure services and do basic scripting and stuff that would be awesome I would buy it
    Working on it.

    Progress is slow going at the moment, but I'll get there....stupid day job!

    I actually have around 2 years worth of content that I'm trying to get posted/published. Guess I should publish that list somewhere and get feedback on what should take priority. The TE community is also very helpful in determining what topics are in demand currently.
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    Do it seriously so much interesting subjects you can write about aswell, Like SAMBA, APACHE, Basic Admin, FTP, And using Linux to Fix hosed windoze boxes you should create that thread though and find out what kind of subject matter people are interested in.
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    I'm currently reading Roderick Smith's book and I have to say that I completely agree with what NightShade03 and ally_uk have said about this book. The book mentions a command/option in one chapter that is than covered only later on in another chapter. I've also found the lack of examples and practice questions to be another sour point about this book

    I also have to say that I find it quite amusing about the general lack of good quality material (in terms of books mostly) that cover the LPIC 101/102 exams. Apparently, as one progresses to more advanced LPIC certs (201, 202, etc), the situation only gets worse.

    Geez, why can't anything concerning Linux be easy!!
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    Just stumbled across this thread via Google, glad to know it's not just me feeling the same pain!

    The problem I've had so far is finding prep questions that are:

    a) accurate i.e. not 10 year old information e.g. about X that doesn't reference X.org
    b) easy to use, some of the free prep websites are either horribly designed, slow or don't work properly
    c) give you feedback, no point telling me I got 25 questions wrong if I can't see which ones they are or explain what the correct answer is

    I've been attempting to read through the Roderick Smith book which was going well until work projects ramped up a notch or two and when I come home I haven't got enough mental energy left to do study as well

    For those who have done the exam how do the practice questions from the Roderick Smith materials match up? They seem a bit too easy compared to some of the hellish questions I've had online (type the whole command with all switches for some random situation you'd very rarely need in day-to-day operations etc).

    Either way my Comptia voucher expires in April so will have to go for it by that point whether I'm ready or not!
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    I'm glad to hear that many people are coming to the same conclusion on this. While LPIC 1 and LPIC 2 aren't the only Linux certification game in town they are certainly the only ones targeted at entry level users. The frustration that others are feeling and the lack of reasonably priced, quality materials is what drives me every day to work harder at teaching and producing my content.

    I want to do for this community what Lynda.com, Railscasts, CodeSchool, Learnable, PluralSight, etc. did for the Web Development community
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    I just thought I would share this as a lot of people seem to struggle with Linux.

    I just signed up for linuxacademy.com Its $38 for 3 months of use and comes with VMs that you can spin up in less than a minute (a variety of distros). So far the material seems pretty good, additionally there are notes for each section of videos. The price seems incredibly reasonable. Out of all the materials I've looked at, I'm really liking this course. I think between this course CBT Nuggets and the Roderick book I will have enough main resources. I hope to pass the first test by Mid March the latest.
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    I agree with the poster above. The LinuxAcademy site has really helped me get on track. I commented in this very thread a while ago was really bashing my head against the wall. Their videos are informative and I love the access to the servers. I really recommend checking it out if you are struggling like I was.
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    Thing is it sounds like most of these sites are learning materials, all well and good but also need realistic exam questions to focus in on what you need for that bit of paper at the end. I can set up and run a CentOS VM with various web server and database apps on with the help of man pages, Google and IT-tech logic thought but at present give me the exam questions and it's a different ball game

    For example I had a fantastic app for PRINCE2 that had hundreds of exam-format questions, could either run it in learning mode with explanations. I did the questions one chapter in advance of what I was learning, which showed me how much I could figure out by pure logic alone and which bits to read up on to gain a thorough understanding. Passed that one with no problem and felt well prepared knowing I'd probably seen half the test questions in some form or other during the prep.

    The closest I've found with my colleague who is also doing Linux+ is an iPhone app but the question bank is pretty limited (and possibly inaccurate but at least the questions look vaguely along the lines of what you'd expect to be in the exams)

    If someone can make that for Linux+ it would make life so much easier as it then becomes something you can dip into rather than having to sit down and focus solid for hours on end just to get through one chapter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw0 View Post
    Thing is it sounds like most of these sites are learning materials, all well and good but also need realistic exam questions to focus in on what you need for that bit of paper at the end. I can set up and run a CentOS VM with various web server and database apps on with the help of man pages and Google but at present give me the exam questions and it's a different ball game

    For example I had a fantastic app for PRINCE2 that had hundreds of exam-format questions, could either run it in learning mode with explanations. I did the questions one chapter in advance of what I was learning, which showed me how much I could figure out by pure logic alone and which bits to read up on.

    The closest I've found with my colleague who is also doing Linux+ is an iPhone app but the question bank is pretty limited (and possibly inaccurate but at least the questions look vaguely along the lines of what you'd expect to be in the exams)

    If someone can make that for Linux+ it would make life so much easier as it then becomes something you can dip into rather than having to sit down and focus solid for hours on end just to get through one chapter.
    I like where you are going with this, however I have one concern. Questions and detailed answers take a lot of time to put together. Writing a book/course/etc is already really time consuming and adding the Q&A into that as well might just take too long to produce valuable content. Now add in the fact that someone somewhere is going to leak the contents of your hard work into a torrent sight and it becomes really discouraging

    I believe some of the Cisco books follow the format where you answer 10 - 25 questions at the beginning of each chapter, score yourself, and then dig into the areas you are weak. The only different is the answers are: A, B, C, D...no explanations.
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    @ j.petrov / south

    thanks for the tip about linuxacademy. I have just visited their website and I must say that I'm really tempted to get a quartely subscription.

    the only question that I have related to this exam is whether there are any time limits between the time that you take the first exam (101) and the second exam (102). so for example, if i take the first exam this March, does Comptia or LPIC specify that the second exam must be taken successfully within an "x" amount of time (after completion of the 101 exam).
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    yes this looks very appealing.
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    CBT nuggets videos are great help. Im almost done in studying LPIC 1 101, will take the test soon!
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