Kernel Tinkering, SuSE, and SteamOS

This is what I like about studying for certifications. They force you to look into subjects at a deeper level than you may otherwise have done. One of the topics in LPIC-2 is Kernel maintenance – understanding the kernel, how it works, the concept of dynamically loaded modules, compiling the kernel and modifying the configuration prior to compiling. It is very intriguing learning about this low-level part of the Linux OS.

It is a complex topic though, and compiling a kernel can take a while, depending on configuration. I managed to compile and install my first kernel today. :)

Meanwhile, since I’ve now obtained my SUSE 11 CLA from Novell (not sure if anything will come through in the post, though), I must really refresh my memory on openSuSE. My primary distributions have been Ubuntu and Fedora.

Whilst downloading various linux distributions including the latest versions of Ubuntu and Fedora, I found out that I could download SteamOS, which is Valve’s own distribution for running its Steam platform. Problem is it only supports x64 which I don’t have (yet)


I have received confirmation of my LPIC Certification. So I expect I’ll get something in the post to confirm this. Now starting work on LPIC-2. Whether or not this changes my employability, we shall see.

Interestingly, I decided to look at some other courses offered by the online course site I got my learning material from and there’s some Ethical Hacking and Computer Forensics courses there. I might look at these courses at some point in the future, perhaps after I finished LPIC-2.

Linux Training

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I’m going to make the leap and go for my first Linux Exam this week. I’m taking the introductory exam – the Linux Essentials exam. Whilst not a mandatory requirement for the main LPIC certification, it is a recommended one. And it can’t hurt knowing more than needed. Besides, I’ve already booked a proper training (seminar/group) week next year for the LPIC-1 course. I’ll probably book the LPIC-2 course too, whilst I can still afford it. :-\

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