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    Exclamation CompTIA Linux+ XK1-004 Beta Exam

    Just a heads up for anyone studying for Linux+ right now...

    CompTIA announced the launch of a single beta exam XK1-004 for the Linux+ certification on August 21, 2018. The new exam will contain performance-based questions and activities. Results for the beta exam will be provided to registrants in April 2019.

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    Has anyone been able to find a list of updated Objectives for Linux+ Beta (XK1-004) from here I saw
    “The new exam has a sharper focus on the most highly relevant Linux skills,” Ludwig said. “It’s written for today’s times. We’ve increased the emphasis on security, Git revisions, virtualization, and other competencies that today’s technology professionals must have.”Unlike vendor-specific certifications, CompTIA Linux+ covers multiple distributions, validating skills that help prevent platform lock-in and promote more flexible approaches to Linux system troubleshooting. Concepts covered by the exam include system configuration, command line interface, scripting basics, network settings and services, and system security
    It says objectives are available here, which has you fill out a form and sends you the objectives or the current exams by email (LXO-103, LXO-104), but the beta isn't in the dropdown I can't find anything for the Beta besides the above from the press release, and the old objectives. Any ideas?
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    I haven't found any, I am just going to study the old objectives and hope to pass the beta. I have about 15 days left till I sit for it.

    I am curious if anyone has taken the Linux+ Beta exam yet...if so, how was your experience?
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    From here: https://www.reddit.com/r/CompTIA/com...cement_thread/

    What has Changed!
    • The new Linux+ is a broader exam that more thoroughly assesses the overall knowledge level of candidates.
    • The exam has a sharpened focus on the most current and relevant subject matter for IT professionals working in an enterprise environment.
    • The new Linux+ is not eligible for the “two-for-one” offer with LPI, including this Beta.
    What's been added to the Exam
    • Security
    • Kernel Modules
    • Storage & Visualization
    • Device Management at an Enterprise Level
    • Git & Automation
    • Networking & Firewalls (especially security-based)
    • Server Side & Command Line
    • Server (vs. Client-based) Coverage
    • Troubleshooting
    • SELinux
    What's been removed from the Exam
    • X11
    • Mail
    • SQL
    • Printing (/u/OSUTechi's note: THANK GOD!!!)
    • End User Support
    • GPG
    Beta Objectives/Domain
    % Breakdown
    1.0 Hardware and System Configuration 21%
    2.0 System Operation & Maintenance 26%
    3.0 Security 19%
    4.0 Linux Troubleshooting & Diagnostics 20%
    5.0 Automation & Scripting 14%
    Objectives
    1.1 Explain Linux boot process concepts
    1.2 Given a scenario, install, configure, and monitor kernel modules
    1.3 Given a scenario, configure and verify network connection parameters
    1.4 Given a scenario, manage storage in a Linux environment
    1.5 Compare and contrast cloud and virtualization concepts and technologies
    1.6 Given a scenario, configure localization options

    2.1 Given a scenario, conduct software installations, configurations, updates, and removals
    2.2 Given a scenario, manage users and groups
    2.3 Given a scenario, create, modify, and redirect files
    2.4 Given a scenario, manage services
    2.5 Summarize and explain server roles
    2.6 Given a scenario, automate and schedule jobs
    2.7 Explain the use and operation of Linux devices
    2.8 Compare and contrast Linux graphical user interfaces

    3.1 Given a scenario, apply or acquire the appropriate user and/or group permissions and ownership
    3.2 Given a scenario, configure and implement appropriate access and authentication methods
    3.3 Summarize security best practices in a Linux environment
    3.4 Given a scenario, implement logging services
    3.5 Given a scenario, implement and configure Linux firewalls
    3.6 Given a scenario, backup, restore, and compress files

    4.1 Given a scenario, analyze system properties and remediate accordingly
    4.2 Given a scenario, analyze system processes in order to optimize performance
    4.3 Given a scenario, analyze and troubleshoot user issues
    4.4 Given a scenario, analyze and troubleshoot application and hardware issues

    5.1 Given a scenario, deploy and execute basic BASH scripts
    5.2 Given a scenario, carry out version control using Git

    5.3 Summarize orchestration processes and concepts
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    Took the beta today and I wasn't very impressed. I have no recent experience with LPIC or with the previous version of Linux+, only with LPIC from ten years ago. Based on that I feel that the new Linux+ is less... exciting? thrilling? worthy? than LPIC. It feels to me like a traditional Linux-junior exam with its odd fascination on TAR, but with modern subjects (like Git or virtualization) tacked on the side.

    Personally I disliked one of the PBQ's, with a simulated terminal. This simulation would only accept the exact, literal command and parameter combinations that have been programmed into it. Anything else, any other permutation of flags, results in the same error message. Imagine my frustration when a command that I run almost daily to solve the question at hand is not accepted, because I'm not using the exact flags or the order thereof that they want me to type.

    Anyway. I'm glad that I took the beta, simply to get more feeling of the (international) market place. Now at least I'll know what the cert entails, should I ever see it on an applicant's resumé.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FluffyBunny View Post
    Took the beta today and I wasn't very impressed. I have no recent experience with LPIC or with the previous version of Linux+, only with LPIC from ten years ago. Based on that I feel that the new Linux+ is less... exciting? thrilling? worthy? than LPIC. It feels to me like a traditional Linux-junior exam with its odd fascination on TAR, but with modern subjects (like Git or virtualization) tacked on the side.

    Personally I disliked one of the PBQ's, with a simulated terminal. This simulation would only accept the exact, literal command and parameter combinations that have been programmed into it. Anything else, any other permutation of flags, results in the same error message. Imagine my frustration when a command that I run almost daily to solve the question at hand is not accepted, because I'm not using the exact flags or the order thereof that they want me to type.

    Anyway. I'm glad that I took the beta, simply to get more feeling of the (international) market place. Now at least I'll know what the cert entails, should I ever see it on an applicant's resumé.
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    Is the new exam going to be a single exam vs the 2 exams of the last couple of versions?
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    Default Took Linux+ Beta

    Had 114 questions about 5 simulations (which required CLI correct syntax). I know a missed a couple of those. But being a Linux noob/script kiddie, I feel like I probably didn't pass it...however, I saw more security/networking questions on there, so I might have somehow pulled out a pass...Guess I will have to wait till March/April 2019 to find out.
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