I don’t have to brag on wonderfulness of Linux. As the use of Linux based operating systems in industry is increasing exponentially that it has definitely become a ‘need’ for the IT personnel now. Market needs Linux experts much more than they actually exist. Talking of statistics, growth of demand for good Linux developers is at 31 percent!
Those who want to encash the opportunity, can choose to start learning Linux with few websites which are considered best at what they are doing. Following is the list of such websites:
PaulPaulito has not been there for a long time but looks promising so far. This Netherlands based website is offering training videos in English as well as Spanish and German. The organization running this website is a Linux Professional Institute (LPI) approved training partner. The courses are designed in a way that they help in preparation of LPI certification Exams. It also offers practice exams. This website is not free, costs about 67 USD per month.
LPI is a certification organization has its training partners all over the world. The site of LPI itself can be used to look up a training partner around your location.
Red Hat has its own training and certification programmes. Most of the courses offered by Red hat are targeted at Red Hat Enterprise Linux, being a Linux vendor has its own advantages. Online courses consists of Red Hat System Administration and Red Hat Linux Troubleshooting, fees starts from $1400.
BeginLinux.com provides a variety of courses mainly focused on CentOS Server, Ubuntu Server and Apache Security. Plans start from 95.95$.
Variety of online training courses are provided by The Linux Foundation. Classroom programmes are also available. Embedded Linux, the Linux Kernel, Open source Compliance are some courses to name a few of all that are included in offered courses. Advanced tools are used in delivering the course such as live Java-based virtual collaboration and Live audio conference bridge. You can use their search tool to find the course which can fit your need. Prices starting from $2750.
If you are interested in learning with Ubuntu, Canonical can serve you with huge number of courses listed in their training section.
IBM has its own set of Linux courses. The price for its Linux training classes start at $675.
LinuxCertified is known to provide onsite training facilities along with distance learning options. You can opt for this at $99.
Novell provides free training with no registration overhead. The courses are training modules which help in better understanding of their product just like canonical and IBM.
A wide range of Linux Tutorials are available with The Virtual Training Company. Some content is kept free as well. The tutorials provided are either in Flash or QuickTime format. A user can get a chance to browse though 900 course on the site with a price tag of $30 on it.
These are the few sources which know what they are doing, there exist a lot more than these. We at LinuxStall also try to help you in getting comfortable with Linux. If you wish to add more sources to this list, we have our comment section open.
Choice and options are the beauty of Linux, petals just keep on adding to Linux family. Almost every day we have a new distro to try, explore and play with it. 2012 has been a wonderful year to Linux world, out of so many distros released this year following are some promising distros of 2012:
Desktop like environments are getting increasingly dominated by mobile-like environments, but not solusOS. SolusOS can be used by beginners and is a fork of GNOME 3 but the look and feel has been kept of our beloved GNOME 2. In words of project team
It works out of the box with great support for all your modern day computing needs including word processing, audio/video playback and editing, file sharing, and more,
Linux Lite is an Ubuntu-based linux distribution and is mainly targeted at new comers, a very good beginners distro. It was launched in October, the current version is 1.0.2. It is offering five years of support and comes with xfce 4.8.
Its code name is “Amethyst” and can be downloaded from sourceforge.
Cinnarch cant go unmentioned, project team says it is a distro that aims to provide
“a modern, elegant and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions out there, arch Linux, and featuring the popular Cinnamon desktop environment,”
It was first released in May but then it was officially declared beta in late November. Do give it a try- link.
Bedrock Linux was created to make the most out of the best features of best Linux distros. Team says,
most of the (often seemingly mutually exclusive) benefits of various other Linux distributions available simultaneously and transparently,
To be precise,
“Bedrock Linux uniquely manipulates the filesytem and PATH to allow software from various other Linux distributions to coexist as though they were all from the same single, cohesive Linux distribution,”
“With Bedrock Linux, for example, one could have an RSS feed reader from Arch Linux’s AUR open a webpage in a Web browser from Ubuntu’s repos while both of them are running in an X11 server from Fedora.”
Qubes OS is a security-oriented linux distribution which was first launched in September. It is based on Fedora desktop. It is powered by X Window System can run most linux applications. Release 2 is under ‘construction’, it is supposed to support Windows AppVMs. Current vertsion can be downloaded from here.
These were few worth mentioning Linux Distros of 2012 according to us, yes we do have our comment section open.
Shutter is a free screenshot manager for Linux that can grab your screen, well that’s what every snapshot tool does. Exciting thing about Shutter is that it also allows you to take snapshot of specific area, a particular window or even a website. Right from that window, you can make changes to screenshot to highlight something or draw a pointer to anything you wish. Shutter is written in Perl. Its feature list also includes sending image to photo editors, uploading to websites and auto-thumbnailing.
Shutter is actually 0.7 version of a previously known screenshot manager called GScrot. This Linux only app is of great use to bloggers, technical writers and all those who like showing off their Linux desktop.
Debian / Ubuntu based distro users can execute following command to install Shutter:
And, for RHEL/Fedora/CentOS users can do it with this command:
From GUI view, it can be started as follows:
Applications > Accessories > Shutter
Or to do it CLI way, following command will start the app and will grab the whole screen automatically.
To start shutter in window selection mode:
To start in selection mode (in which you can select the part of screen to be grabbed with your mouse):
To see the help section of shutter: