What are the CompTIA Linux+ Certification Changes?
On April 15th, which was last Wednesday, CompTIA initiated updates to the Linux+ certification course and exams. In this blog post, I will point out the relevant updates to the exam domains and why the certification increased in importance.
What are the Linux+ Exam Updates (LX0-103 and LX0-104)
Exams LX0-103 and LX0-104 replace exams LX0-101 and LX0-102. IN light of advances and trends in technology over the last five years, CompTIA reshaped the concentration of the exam domains. The influetial topics that impacted the updates include IPv6, new hardware in the data center, and a stronger emphasis on cloud-based environments and security.
The new exam domains are outlined below.
- Systems Architecture (14%)
- Linux Installation and Package Management (18%)
- GNU and Unix Commands (43%)
- Devices, Linux Filesystems, and Filesystem Hierarchy (25%)
- Shells, Scripting, and Data Management (17%)
- User Interfaces and Desktops (8%)
- Administrative Tasks (20%)
- Essential System Services (17%)
- Networking Fundamentals (23%)
- Security (15%)
The certification covers a wide range of diverse material. Linux+ remains a vendor neutral accredidation intended for Junior Systems Administrators.
Why Linux matters more than ever
Out of all the Linux certifications, the Linux+ is the best bargain for professionals looking to propel their career forward. It is the only certification where you can earn three certifications when you pass the exams. You earn the Linux+, LPIC-1, and SUSE CLA certifications. Three certifications make the resume look better when searching for new Linux related jobs.Hiring managers are recruiting professionals with Linux experience and skills. Over the last several years, as pointed out in previous reports from the Linux Foundation, the job demand increased for these professionals. Companies seek web and systems administrators, cyber security related positions, database administrators, and even developers, who understand Linux systems. Even Microsoft dropped their long known battle against Linux to embrace the open source world.
Embracing Linux is the right move for countless IT professionals as well.