Open source myth: That it has a higher total cost of ownership (TCO)

10 March, 2023 - by Jon "maddog" Hall

This myth has been long-standing. Proprietary vendors would acknowledge that there were license fees associated with their software, but would point to the costs of migrating, re-training users, and higher wages and scarcity of comparable software support due to fewer "open source people" who can run free and open source software (FOSS).... Read more

Why Seek an LPI Security Essentials Certification?

6 March, 2023 - by Wojciech Ciemski

IT security is more important than ever. We are all, as individuals and as organizations, exposed to IT security threats. Therefore, every computer user needs information about protecting computers and data.... Read more

Community Event Creates a Vision for Empowerment

3 March, 2023 - by Andrew Oram

Jumping Bean, a computer consulting firm located in a suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa, received an unusual phone call in late 2022. Parents of students at a local high school, consisting predominantly of previously disadvantaged students, asked the organization to run an educational day.... Read more

Open source myth: That intruders can more easily find flaws

28 February, 2023 - by Andrew Oram

People who think that open source suffers from poor quality often air this myth as well. It seems superficially to make sense, because malicious attackers can read open code and find bugs they can exploit. These bugs are often called “zero-day vulnerabilities”because they exist in software when it is first released, and the intruder might find the flaw before legitimate developers and security researchers.... Read more

A Sysadmin Takes the LPI Security Essentials Exam

27 February, 2023 - by Ricardo Prudenciato

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) officially launched its newest certificate, Security Essentials. As an official training partner, I had the opportunity to participate in the beta phase of the exam, and thus get to know it better and contribute my impressions.... Read more

Why Everyone Should Know Security Essentials

20 February, 2023 - by Fabian Thorns

LPI has just released the Security Essentials certificate. Our interest in this topic is not arbitrary: These days, IT security news is ubiquitous. Every day, someone’s data is encrypted for ransom, personal information is copied, and new security vulnerabilities are discovered.  Even though this all sounds technical, cryptic, and somehow far away, many of these attacks may personally affect you and me.... Read more