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uCertify Linux+ CXK0-002 Exam Preparation Material

Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:03 am on Monday, March 16, 2009

How many people have ever considered getting certified in the Linux field? I’m sure there are a lot since there are a number of certifications available, RHCE, LPI, Novel/Suse and CompTIA’s Linux+ to name a few. Now, think of the number of study materials and exam preparation available for each of those. The number can almost be overwhelming.

uCertify have study materials available for a number of certification vendors. The vendors that are of specific Linux interest are CompTIA and LPI. Today I’ll be giving you my perspective on the Linux+ study material. I have already sat and passed the Linux+ XK0-002 exam and with the new one coming out pretty soon (Feb 17th was the Beta release date) I would recommend you take it too.

The first thing I did after downloading the uCertify preparation material was try and install it on Linux using wine. It failed on installation, but it may be able to work with some configuration tweaking and file copying. No time for that though, if your studying for an exam you need to get on it and start. So install it in a virtual machine or on a Windows box to save time.
uCertify’s interface is very easy to navigate and is organized well, it also has a clean interface which is easy on the eyes – great for those late night study sessions. The CXK0-002 exam has ample practice tests and study material. There are a number of methods of studying for the exam including:
Flash Cards, Study Notes, Articles.

There is not a large amount of text explaining theories and concepts in great detail but the study notes and flash cards are great at refreshing your memory and helping you remember what’s on the exam. The practice tests and assessments are pretty good but can be tricky – just like the real exams. Remember they are not only designed to make you pass, they guarantee it!

Probably the biggest question I have when studying for a certification is
“Am I ready to take the Exam?”
Most times, I opt for “no” and do more studying. The uCertify preparation engine takes the guess work out by giving you “tracking” features. Basically these features allow you to track your past test scores and take the practice test. It will let you know when you’re ready.

Conclusion
All-in-all I think the uCertify preparation engine with the CXK0-002 material loaded is a good method of studying for the Linux+ exam, especially if you are familiar with the concepts and terminologies outlined in the exam objectives. If you are new to Linux and are looking for the best all inclusive study material out there, I don’t think that you would want to use this alone. I’d recommend reading a book or using video training aimed at bringing you up to speed in addition to a good preparation material. uCertify’s preparation can definitely fit the latter’s shoe’s.

Reasons Why You Should Jailbreak YOUR iPhone

Filed under: General Linux — TheLinuxBlog.com at 12:10 am on Wednesday, January 28, 2009



I’m pretty sure that most Linux users understand what jailbreaking the iPhone is. For those that don’t in short its a way of breaking the restrictions Apple put on your phone, which allows you to escape the sandbox and do more with the phone.

Sure, jailbreaking may void your warranty (or may not) but why would you want to do it? Well the first and foremost reason is freedom.
Some of the greatest organizations in the open source industry were spawned from the inability to work with a particular device. I think jailbreaking your iPhone is similar to this, while the tools are so easy to use that any one can do it, jailbreaking your iPhone gives you the freedom to do what you want with it and this is what its all about right?

Bash. We all know that Mac OSX is based off of BSD and it just so happens the iPhone is too. By jailbreaking your phone part of the default installation (depending on how you do it) is a terminal with a bash shell. Most Linux users should be right at home here with utilities like apt-get, aptitude and ping.

Perl, Python, Java, PHP. These are some of the languages that you can configure to run on the iPhone. Sure, they may need some tweaking (especially Perl.) But it can be done. Who said iPhone development had to be done in Objective C?

Along with the Bash shell comes the Open SSH package giving you the ability to SSH into your phone, should you choose to install and configure. This can come in very handy for the Linux hacker. The ability to pretty much manipulate your phone however you want is a great reason to jailbreak.

You’ve always wanted to be able to record video right? Well you can, that is if you jailbreak and install an application. While the video quality is not exactly up to par its better than nothing. You could even turn your phone into a robot if you wished.

Also, do it because the Woz says so. Well, actually he didn’t explicitly say to do it, but apparently he does advocate it and “hacked” some chick called Griffin’s phone. So come on, be that “Throbbing brain with a tie” and jailbreak your iPhone.