Linux+ Insights & References

July 2, 2010 at 11:02 am | Posted in CompTIA, LPI | 4 Comments

As most of you probably know, the new Linux+ format includes two tests, LX0-101 and LX0-102. Because this format is so new to many CompTIA certification holders out there, I want to take a little time to explain the two tests and to let you know what references are currently available.

You can download the new Exam Guides from CompTIA by going to and entering the required information. You will need to download both the LX0-101 and LX0-102 Exam Guides.

The four main objectives for the LX0-101 exam are:

  • System Architecture – configuring hardware, booting the system, and configuring runlevels
  • Linux Installation and Package Management – designing hard disk layout, installing boot manager, managing shared libraries, and using Debian, YUM, and RPM package management
  • GNU and Linux Commands – using command-line tools, using text filters, performing basic file management, using streams, pipes, and redirects, managing processes, managing process execution priorities, searching text files, and using vi editor
  • Devices, Linux Filesystems, Filesystem Hierarchy Standard – creating partitions and filesystems, maintaining filesystem integrity, mounting and unmounting filesystems, managing disk quotas, managing file permissions and ownership, managing hard and symbolic links, and finding system files and placing them in the right location

The six  main objectives for the LX0-102 exam are:

  • Shells, Scripting, and Data Management – customizing shell environment, customizing and writing simple scripts, and managing SQL data
  • User Interfaces and Desktops – configuring X11, setting up a display manager, and configuring accessibility
  • Administrative Tasks – managing user and group accounts, scheduling jobs, and configuring localization and internationalization
  • Essential System Services – maintaining system time, managing system logs, configuring MTA basics, and managing printing
  • Networking Fundamentals – understanding Internet protocols, configuring basic networks, troubleshooting basic networks, and configuring DNS clients
  • Security – administering security, configuring host security, and configuring encryption

Remember that these objectives are exactly the same as those for the Linux Professional Institute’s  LPIC-1 certification (Junior Level Linux Professional). So any study materials that you find for the LPIC-1 certification would work for the new CompTIA Linux+ certification.

When taking the exams, you will see a mixture of multiple choice and free response (or fill-in-the-blank) questions. The free response questions are very specific in telling you what you need to enter, as in entering the command name only or entering just the command’s appropriate parameter.

When we started the development of our practice tests, there were no references released specifically for these exams. We decided to purchase the LPIC-1 Linux Professional Institute Certification Study Guide 2nd Edition from Sybex (ISBN 978-0-470-40483-6).  Recently, Sybex released the CompTIA Linux+ Complete Study Guide (ISBN 978-0-470-88845-2). A cursory examination comparing the contents of the two shows that the books are identical (or so close to it that I cannot see the differences yet).  So in my opinion, either book could be  used as a study resource for these two exams. There is even a handy guide at the beginning that breaks down the two exams’ objectives and points you to the appropriate chapter for studying.

I also want to mention AGAIN that passing the new Linux+ certification qualifies you to also obtain the LPIC-1 certification. To do so,  you will need to watch those questions that you receive when you are actually sitting the live exam. One question that pops up on the screen specifically asks if you want your results to be forwarded to the Linux Professional Institute. You definitely want to answer YES to that one!

We are rapidly approaching the release of our practice test for the LX0-101 exam, and will start the development of our LX0-102 practice test soon. I hope to hear that you used our practice test to study – and pass – the exam. Feel free to ask any questions that may pop up!



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  1. So, what about the SYNGRESS publishing latest books on Linux+ 2009 here:

    Would they work, or have to be updated too like SYBEX’s?


    • My feeling is that neither book would work, from what the descriptions say. They specifically mention XK0-003 as the test number. This was the original test number before CompTIA signed on with LPI. The objectives listed for XK0-003 were very different than those listed for LX0-101 and LX0-102.

      So….this would be a good question to direct to CompTIA, since their name is on the cover. I don’t have a copy of these books myself, so I can’t give you my opinion. All I can do is remind you that *our* practice test is going to be based on the most current exam objectives. *wink*

  2. Thanks for the feedback.

    I think comptia really confused everyone including many publishers and students with what they did with Linux+.

    I am sure that is why Transcender also waited, what if you had produced a product based upon Linux+ 2009 exam objectives.

    This was really silly by comptia.

    THat’s all I really have to say about this.

  3. I do believe there is some confusion out there about the test versions. Initially, CompTIA released the new Linux+ exam in beta as exam XK0-003 to replace the old version (XK0-002). Finally, after almost a year, CompTIA deviced to use the LPIC exams to replace XK0-003.

    If a person passed XK0-003 in Beta, the person is only Linux+ certified. However, if a person passes the two exams (LX0-101 and LX0-102) now, the person can be Linux+ and LPIC-1 certified.

    Look for an upcoming post that explains what to look for in any future training or test prep materials to ensure that you are preparing for the appropriate content.

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