Why Valve's Steam Machines aren't dead

In today's open source roundup: The best is yet to come for Valve's Steam Machines. Plus: The Linux Foundation offers Essentials of System Administration course online, and Microsoft offers preview version of Outlook for Android

Valve's Steam Machines are alive and well

Valve got an enormous amount of press coverage when it announced its Steam Machines. But disappointment has set in for some, while others have become disillusioned enough to write off Steam Machines altogether. TechRadar thinks that Valve's Steam Machines are alive and well.

Kane Fulton reports for TechRadar:

Steam Machines? More like has-been machines, am I right? Actually, no: while many people are giving Valve's PC-console-hybrids the cold shoulder, this gamer reckons they'll be worth the wait.

I realise that I'm part of a shrinking group still backing Valve's SteamOS-powered Linux boxes, and it's not difficult to see why the hype around them has all but evaporated. Several controller-related delays, U-turns by seemingly committed hardware partners and a lack of news from the top has made many think that Valve is blowing hot air.

But with a big reveal looming, ongoing support from developers and the fact that Valve has billions in its coffers to get Steam Machines off the ground means that they still have a bright future ahead. Don't believe me? Direct your eyeballs at the following:

1. The biggest Steam Machine launch yet is just around the corner

2. Half Life 3, Left 4 dead 3 and Portal 3 could launch at GDC

3. More game developers are onboard than ever before

4. SteamOS is free and may provide smoother gameplay than Windows

5. Steam Machines encourage competition in the market

More at TechRadar

The Linux Foundation offers Essentials of System Administration course online

The job market for Linux system administrators is red hot, and the Linux Foundation wants to help you become a certified professional.

The Linux Foundation site has a press release about the new course:

The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced the launch of its new self-paced Essentials of System Administration course (LFS201), which comes bundled with a Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator exam. The full schedule of all 2015 Linux Foundation training courses is also now available.

LFS201 has been available previously as an instructor-led course in person or online, but will also now be offered online as a self-paced course. The course provides all the knowledge and skills necessary to become certified and to succeed in a career as a Linux SysAdmin. The Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer exams were introduced just last year and are available anytime, anywhere, are performance based and distribution flexible.

The Linux Jobs Report, year after year, shows demand for Linux professionals growing while hiring managers struggle to find enough talent to support open positions. Over the last year 300,000 students signed up for the free Introduction to Linux Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) created by The Linux Foundation and offered through the edX platform. Both demand and interest in learning Linux is high. The Linux Foundation this year will offer a combination of courses and learning opportunities to increase access to Linux knowledge and accelerate the career paths for systems administrators and developers.

More at The Linux Foundation

If you aren't sure if Linux system administration is for you, you can check out a list of helpful books at Amazon that will help you get your feet wet.

Here's a few that might be useful:

Linux Administration: A Beginners Guide, Sixth Edition

Red Hat Certified System Administrator & Engineer: Training Guide and a Quick Deskside Reference, Exams EX200 & EX300

The Accidental Administrator: Linux Server Step-by-Step Configuration Guide

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