This blog is the first in a series that will visit each of the topics covered by the Linux Professional Institute certification exam, with a focus on aspects specific to the PowerLinux implementation. In this entry, I'll introduce the first topic of the exam: System Architecture.
The first topic in Exam 101 of the LPIC-1 (junior level) certification is System Architecture. The System Architecture topic consists of the following three objectives:
- Determine and configure hardware settings
- Boot the system
- Change runlevels and shutdown or reboot the system
As we go through the various topics and objectives of the LPIC exams, you'll notice that the objectives are numbered as 101, 102, 103, etc., and each objective is numbered with a corresponding decimal portion (e.g., System Architecture is 101, and the three objectives within the topic are numbered 101.1, 101.2, and 101.3). I'll follow this numbering system in these blog entries to help you cross-reference the blogs with any other LPIC documentation you may care to review.
Each objective has a weight assigned to it. The purpose of the weight is to give priority to an objective as compared to other objectives on the exam—the higher the weight, the more questions relating to that objective are likely to be seen on the exam. In addition, each objective has a number of key knowledge areas and key terms and utilities that successful candidates for LPIC-1 certification should understand.
This system will likely become clearer as we look at the specific objectives, which we'll start doing in my next blog entry.