LPIC-1 102 Linux certification - Linux Desktops (2 of 6)

This course will explore Linux Display Managers and graphic Desktop Environments. You will learn how to:

  • configure hardware peripherals for use in a GUI environment
  • control graphic login sessions
  • manage Display Managers like LightDM
  • enable and manage Linux accessibility utilities to ensure that users with disabilities can access system resources, and
  • build a graphic user interface on top of a virtual server in Amazon's AWS.

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Even though the vast majority of videos in this series are devoted to working with the Linux server, in fact, the certification we're working towards is called Server Professional. A Linux admin must also know how to build and manage graphic-based interfaces so users will be able to get much of their daily work done.

This rather brief course will focus on the display managers and graphic desktop environments that make all that possible.

We'll explore how to make sure that the hardware peripherals you'd like to work with are actually compatible with Linux, and if they are, how to get even non-mainstream hardware configurations working properly with your system. We'll also demonstrate the use of some particularly useful diagnostic tools for displaying hardware profile information and for controlling remote graphic login sessions. We'll learn about display managers, what they do, and how we can get them do it, and then particularly LightDM display manager, which the latest LPIC exam released considers the most important in its class. In the System Accessibility lecture, we'll learn about the Linux screen, keyboard, and mouse adaptation utilities meant to improve the computing experiences for users with partially or fully impaired vision, hearing, or movement. Finally, we'll have some fun building a graphic user interface on top of a virtual server running on an Amazon Web Services EC2 Instance.

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David taught high school for twenty years, worked as a Linux system administrator for five years, and has been writing since he could hold a crayon between his fingers. His childhood bedroom wall has since been repainted.

Having worked directly with all kinds of technology, David derives great pleasure from completing projects that draw on as many tools from his toolkit as possible.

Besides being a Linux system administrator with a strong focus on virtualization and security tools, David writes technical documentation and user guides, and creates technology training videos.

His favorite technology tool is the one that should be just about ready for release tomorrow. Or Thursday.

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