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Why Learning Linux Fundamentals in a Cyber Gym is Optimal

By Jamie Taralunga • Posted 13 days ago

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Are you ready to start that new year’s resolution? For many, resolutions mean losing weight and getting stronger by working out. If this is you, how have you decided to work out?

  • Doing it yourself
  • Joining a few classes
  • Going to the gym
  • Getting a personal trainer
  • Using a fitness app
  • All of the above

What does a getting fit resolution have to do with learning Linux? The correlation between exercise and learning cybersecurity tools like Linux may surprise you.

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Last year, I didn’t decide to get stronger as a new year resolution or even in January. I wanted to get fit for an active, outdoor lifestyle. After researching my options, I decided to join a gym, partly because I’d rather rent equipment than store gym equipment at my house that I most likely won’t use on a regular basis.

Making a Cyber Education Investment

Today, it’s so easy to learn how to do something new such as Linux or figuring out the proper form for the overhead press. So, why pay to learn?

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Free Linux videos or courses may feel like the easiest path to learning, but they won't sustain engagement over time. Burn out is real and learners need instructor support to sustain skill acquisition.

Many people try free courses and end up quitting. However, quitting is not necessarily due to a lack of motivation. Learning something on your own takes a lot of accountability and maintenance. Sustaining that is hard work. There’s also a group of people who can learn Linux on their own but can’t maintain it because it involves figuring out how to continuously come up with hands-on practice.

The Empowerment of an Instructor

Instead of quitting, I changed how I performed my self-motivated workout routine. I worked out less on my own and replaced those times with group classes. In these classes, I now had an instructor to

  • Design challenging workouts
  • Show me how to use new machines
  • Refine my technique and form

The instructor provided an expert-level yet personal perspective that I was missing in my routines.

Now, I train regularly with improved routines that are re-engaging. Instead of designing and aligning my workout plans each month, my mentality focuses on the technique and

Am I worried about becoming bored in these classes? Nope. The instructor has the expertise and tools to optimize the routines for the next level of effort.

Now what if you are a cyber instructor reading this article, how do you relate? Do you have the tools to optimize your teaching goals for Linux, or do you feel like a

Similar to a physical gym, there is a

Now in this cyber gym, there is a

Teach Linux Fundamentals with Hands-On Practice

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So, how do you maintain your Linux skills in a cyber training ground? Nick Fritz, Project Ares consultant, says:

“Cybersecurity learning platforms, such as Project Ares, provide you with fundamental Linux tasks to practice within the context of a gamified environment (opens new window).

Most students don't use Linux as an operating system in their everyday lives. So, the ability to get hands-on practice in a command-line completing common Linux activities in a safe, visualized environment is important. In this type of environment, the learner’s engagement increases, and their hesitancy decreases because there is nothing to 'mess up'.”

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