Last Chance to Save (NO EXCLUSIONS)

December 15, 2017 at 11:06 am | Posted in Careers, Certification Paths, LPI, Microsoft, Oracle, PMI | Leave a comment
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After a long 2017, it’s now that time of year to think about what you should give up or do differently for 2018. Are you planning on losing or gaining more weight? Exercising more, watching more streaming shows,  or curling up with more good books? Perhaps picking up a new hobby or going back to a project you once abandoned?

We have a better idea. One that could translate into a higher salary or better career. Why not make getting an IT or project management certification as one of your New Year’s Resolutions? From the highly sought-after certifications like CISSP, CEH, and Security+ (just released the new version last month) to the latest Microsoft Azure, Windows, and security certifications, Transcender has got you covered!


And this time, it’s no exclusions – opening up the discount to our up-to-date eLearning (now including Juniper to Amazon Web Services) to get started and cloud-based labs to help you hone your new skills . Hurry now. This deal is too good to last into 2018, so you better act now!

CompTIA Linux+, SUSE, and LPIC-1: Three certifications for the price of one – with a special deal on top!

December 18, 2015 at 3:57 pm | Posted in Certification Paths, CompTIA, LPI, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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When even Microsoft is getting into the Linux  game, you must know that Linux certification is one of those hot certs that all the cool admins and devs are getting. What you may not know is that a Linux certification is, hands down, the best value we know of in the certification sphere. Thanks to a partnership between three major certifying bodies – CompTIA, Linux Professional Institute (LPI), and SUSE – you can now pass one series of exams to earn three industry certifications from all three vendors at the same time.


CompTIA and LPI first partnered on the joint certification project in 2010, at which time passing the Linux+ exams from CompTIA also earned you LPIC-1 credentials. The 2015 revision loops SUSE into the game, so you now have the ability to earn THREE separate vendor certifications in one exam sitting. (In case you’re confused, SUSE and LPI previously shared a joint certification program, as did LPI and CompTIA – but not all three together.)

So what exactly do I get, and what’s the catch?

You’ll need to pass the two 2015 Linux+ exams offered by CompTIA, LX0-103 and LX0-104. (The 2010 versions were named LX0-101 and LX0-102.) When you do so,  you’ll be able to add these three certifications to your resume, LinkedIn account, and brag sheet:

There’s no catch, but you do have to arrange your ducks into a particular row, and you must take the CompTIA exams in particular – you cannot earn the LPIC-1 from LPI and then apply to retroactively earn the Linux+ certification. Here are the exact steps listed on CompTIA’s website as of this writing:

  1. Obtain an LPI ID.
  2. Once you have passed both Linux+ exams, log into your CompTIA certification account. Choose Demographics | Settings. On the Settings page check the box to have your information forwarded to LPI, then click Submit.
  3. Upon receipt of your LPIC-1 apply online for your SUSE CLA.

Being who we are, we tested these steps ourselves before blogging about it. Here’s the cheat sheet:

  1. Configure your CompTIA account settings so that they know to forward the results to LPI. It’s a dropdown box under the Settings tab of your CompTIA cert account.
  2. Wait a bit. (I got my email from LPI in about 48 hours.)
  3. Look through the email. You should get instructions and a link to verify your credentials with SUSE.
  4. Sit back and celebrate the holidays like a Linux pro!
Is there a difference in the cost?

If you went straight to each vendor and took their exams without the three-in-one deal, you’d pay $376 for EITHER the two-exam CompTIA series (LX0-103 and LX0-104) or the LPIC-1 series (Exam 1 and Exam 2). If you only wanted the SUSE certification, it’s a relative bargain to take their standard test ($125 in the US). Please note that these are US prices, and don’t include any special voucher deals, discounts, sales, or student bundles.

So if your budget extends to the two-exam series, then it makes no financial sense to leave the three-certification package on the table.

Okay, sold! Where do I start?

First, an unscheduled commercial break. (We have bills to pay around here.) If you’re in the market for training material, Transcender is offering a special discount on Linux practice tests, eLearning, and practice labs.

From now until December 31, 2015, you can pick your deal (or mix and match). We’re offering $25 off all practice tests (excluding 30-day and CD/voucher bundle), including LX0-103. And we’re offering a special 20% off discount on our newly released LX0-104/LPI 400-102 practice test (excluding 30-day and CD/voucher bundle). As of today that discount also extends to our eLearning and practice lab products for Linux.

To activate your discount, click through the shiny red button (or use promo code PRODUCT20). The deal expires at 10 PM CST.

Click here to activate your 20% discount

To add products to your page, choose either LPI or CompTIA / Linux+ from the main menu, then select the relevant product from the desired test.


We also offer eLearning packages for each exam, and a separate series of online practice labs that let you develop proficiency with hardware that you may not have available to practice with otherwise.

Whether or not you choose to take advantage of our study products, you should DEFINITELY take advantage of the three-in-one Linux certification partnership – a deal we’ve never seen replicated in the professional IT certification world.

We wish you best of luck with your Linux certifying!


“A World Without Linux” celebrates 24th anniversary of Linux kernel release

October 8, 2015 at 9:50 am | Posted in LPI, Vendor news | Leave a comment
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To raise awareness of the ubiquity of open-source processes in general, and Linux in particular, the Linux Foundation has kicked off a series of YouTube videos titled “A World Without Linux.” Coincidentally (or not!), the videos coincide with the 24th anniversary of the initial Linux kernel release.

Though the videos can appeal to a general (non-tech) public, they hide content geared toward the Linux pros.

Most of the episodes in the #WorldWithoutLinux video series include both subtle and overt Linux references, or Easter eggs. Those of us close to Linux should be able to spot them. If you can’t, how well do you really know Linux? Show us!


For details on how to find and report your Linux easter egg – and win your swag – visit the blog.

To watch the first World Without Linux episode and subscribe to future updates, visit The Linux Foundation’s YouTube Channel.

Happy hunting!

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!


CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC-1: Two certifications for the price of one

May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Certification Paths, CompTIA, LPI | 6 Comments
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Editor’s note: The benefits of the Linux+ certification were changed with the 2015 release. Please read our 2015 update to get the most current information.

This post is a followup to our last update on the revamped CompTIA Linux+ certification path.

As many of you may know, CompTIA’s newest version of the Linux+ certification was produced through a partnership with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), a leading provider of Linux certifications. The CompTIA version of the certification has transitioned to a two-test structure (LX0-101 and LX0-102) similar to the A+ certification, but now with one added benefit: the possibility of achieving TWO certifications, one from each vendor.

Here is what I found on the CompTIA Web site regarding this possibility:

A new benefit for CompTIA Linux+ candidates is that they may choose, at the time they take the exams, to have their exam record forwarded to the Linux Professional Institute. Certification in CompTIA Linux+, Powered by LPI, enables candidates to become certified in LPIC-1 as well, enabling further participation in the LPI program if the candidate chooses.

By choosing the “Yes” option on the opening screen of your exam, your passing score will grant you both the CompTIA “Linux+ Powered by LPI” certification AND the LPIC-1 certification. Passing both of CompTIA’s Linux+ exams will also qualify candidates for participation in the LPIC level 2 program.  Details for this process are coming soon.

So to take advantage of this 2-for-1 deal, make sure to choose the “Yes” option on the opening screen of the CompTIA exam to have your results forwarded to LPI. Otherwise, you will only receive the Linux+ designation, and we hate to see a great deal go to waste! I don’t know about you, but I personally love collecting those little certification designations after my name. Grabbing the opportunity to add the LPIC-1 designation that easily is a no-brainer.


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