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Linux books versus Screencasts

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Imagine that you would like to study for the LPI certification exam, and you have two choices regarding your study materials (and, because you are poor like me, you don’t have choice number three, the option to participate in a local training course). 
Okay, so you could buy the newest LPI Linux Book, or you could study using online LPI Linux screencasts.

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Linux books versus Screencasts

  1. 1.      Linux Books versus ScreencastsImagine that you would like to study for the LPI certification exam, andyou have two choices regarding your study materials (and, because youare poor like me, you donʼt have choice number three, the option toparticipate in a local training course). 
Okay, so you could buy the newestLPI Linux Book, or you could study using online LPI Linux screencasts.Letʼs have a look at both options, and then you can decide for yourselfwhich option is best for you. (I already did…):Number one, buy the book:
Okay, there you are, owner of the latest LPIC-1 Training book. Heresome facts about your new friend:
- A book is “one-dimensional” study material. The only information you get is pure text, nothing extra!- You read the text and what you hear is always your “own voice”, and thereʼs nothing exciting about that anymore. Falling asleep after one hour is almost guaranteed.- Your new friend is heavy. Do you really want to take him with you everywhere you go?
  2. 2. - Within a month your friend maybe outdated, and there is nothing you can do about that! Itʼs a bit like buying a new car, used after the first day…- Any errors you may find, and the ones you donʼt, will never be corrected (until you buy the next edition).- In books you only see what the author wants you to see, and you certainly never can see in real-time what happens in a terminal when you run a command, right?- Oh, you have gone to visit your parents this weekend, but you left your book on your kitchen table. How do you study now? Buy a new copy somewhere?Number two, following Screencasts:- Screencasts are (at least) “three-dimensional”. In a screencast, you get audio and visual information at the same time, as well as some information presented in text form as tables or flowcharts.- You will always hear another voice than your own, which is much more stimulating and helps to keep you engaged.- Watching on an iPad or an iPhone? Yes, absolutely possible, anytime, anywhere. Weight: 600 g.- Screencasts are easily updated as technology evolves, so you always have the latest version.- Listen, watch, then do it yourself. Screencasts feel just like a teacher working individually with you.- You can see what really happens in the terminal when you enter a command in real time, with all errors and the whole output and everything.
  3. 3. - Screencasts challenge your cognitive skills much more than any book! This stimulates you much more and allows you to learn much faster!- Perhaps one day somebody offers you the ability to watch the same screencast in your native language … this would be cool too wouldnʼt it?- Oh, yes, back to your parents. You have your tablet with you. What a pleasure that you can leave that heavy book on your kitchen table. You switch on your tablet and start to study. Even that is a lot to carry, so you decide just to watch the screencast on your ultra-slim smartphone…much better!Okay, thatʼs my opinion. Now itʼs up to you…You have made yourdecision already? Fantastic!

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