Linux Camp 2016

LFCS Certification Study Group starts 10 weeks before and the Early PIF discount ends on Independence Day! Registration Currently Closed

When is Linux Camp

All day Saturday, August 20 through Tuesday, August 23. Pack in Friday night, and pack out Wednesday morning, if your schedule allows.

Where is Linux Camp

Snow Mountain Ranch Granby, Colorado

What is Linux Camp

Linux Camp is four days of immersion in Linux System Administration and training, in a Colorado mountain cabin, with great food.

Imagine waking to the smell of bacon and coffee, or eggs and coffee, if you don’t like bacon, or just coffee, if you like neither eggs nor bacon, or maybe pancakes and coffee, unless you’re vegan and sensitive to gluten and caffeine. Anyway…

Imagine a full day of hard Linux-flavored fun: users, groups, file permissions, package management, services and settings, networking, storage with LVM, virtualization with KVM, the LAMP stack, and so on.

Imagine taking a break to cool your brain over a game of frisbee catch in the mountain air. And finally, winding down when the training day is over with a board-game, a book, a movie, an evening hike, a camp-fire, or an acoustical jam (your musical instrument is welcome).

Imagine four days like that, and you have Linux Camp.

The curriculum is written by David L. Willson – a Linux SME for 13 years and a Linux Teacher for 10! He’s hands on, certified, and a freedom zealot. He uses real life examples to teach you how to do the work necessary to build and maintain Linux servers. The labs are based on his experience and requests that have actually happened. This is (probably) like no other training experience you’ve ever had!

2016 will be our fourth year giving Linux Camp. Quite a bit of the material will be revised or new to align with our new certification target: Linux Foundation’s Certified Sysadmin. We’d like to have 12-16 students this year. Please help spread the word!

What’s Included

  • Food, lovingly prepared by Heather’s Kitchen
  • Lodging, Snow Mountain Ranch reunion cabin Saturday through Tuesday nights
  • Hands-on Linux SysAdmin training, delivered by David L. Willson
  • Exam voucher for the LFCS practical exam
  • Real world scenario-based Class Materials CC BY SA free-as-in-freedom
  • After-party invitation and a Tie-Dye T-Shirt

Topics we’ve always covered at Linux Camp

  • users and groups
  • services
  • packages
  • storage and file-systems
  • networking
  • bash scripting
  • NAS (NFS & SMB)

Topics we’re covering for the first time this year

  • LVM and software RAID
  • KVM virtualization
  • LAMP (probably PostgreSQL and Python, but not sure yet)

How Much

$2434, minus up to 3 discounts
 -150 Early Bird 
      Registration paid by Mother's Day
 -150 Early PIF
      Pay-in-full by Independence Day (July 4)
 -150 BYOB
      Bring your own box
$1984 with all discounts

Where do you sign?

Linux Camp Registration

Alumni and volunteers

If you came to a previous Linux Camp, and would like to come back, you may half price. As soon as we have six students registered, we will ask for a couple volunteers to help in the kitchen and with running the lab. If you want to be considered for volunteer duty, please say so.

Nice things people have said about Linux Camp

We at LPI applaud David L. Willson and the Software Freedom School for their efforts at educating and employing Linux Professionals in the greater Denver area. I went to teach and learn Linux and ended up doing first aid, where do I sign up for the next one?! — Ross Brunson, Linux Camp 2013, 2014, 2015

Amazing week of being knee-deep in Linux and hacker camaraderie while being surrounded by natural beauty. If you like meeting cool new friends, eating killer food, taking hikes, playing frisbee and learning a whole lot of technology, you need to go to Linux Camp. I learned a ton and had a ton of fun. You could pay almost twice as much for just a boring regular old classroom class or live virtual training. I’m already jacked up for next year’s camp! Also, Willson wears nifty hats. — Rich Glazier, Linux Camp 2014, 2015

I learned a ton in the fast-paced lectures and hands-on labs at Linux Camp 2014. I would highly recommend Linux Camp to anyone wanting to improve their skills scripting and working with CLI based Linux. I think a lot of concepts I had difficulty grasping were driven home by use and context in labs and lectures. Sometimes books are not good at conceptualizing and grasping new concepts and ideas. The focused, friendly atmosphere there was ideal for maximizing on retaining and and gaining tons of knowledge about linux. — Jason Walton, Linux Camp 2014, 2015

Great people, great place, and Linux; I can’t think of a better week. 🙂 — Mike O’Lear, Linux Camp 2014

The course was great and by far more dynamic than what the industry courses provide. The biggest caveat to why I chose this course was because it was Linux on a very personal level. Linux is such a dynamic operating system with sooo many flavors that in my honest open can only be taught like this. I applaud David for taking the time and effort to create a course and certification path that is enjoyable more importantly more easily able to retain! –Christopher M, Linux Camp 2015

Linux Camp is an incredibly beneficial experience for new sysadmins and senior admins alike. Being in a different setting with extreme focus around like-minded people is extremely powerful for learning. I walked away from the 2015 camp feeling like I had many actionable things to take back to my job. David is a great instructor, who responds proactively to the energy level and engagement of the students, which is great. When some of the material was not something everyone wanted, he shifted to other topics that people were more interested in. The home-cooked meals are wonderful and allow students to keep focused on their learning. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in upping their Linux skills! — Justin Lang, Linux Camp 2015

6 thoughts on “Linux Camp 2016”

  1. Can someone tell me if there is a shuttle between the lodge and the Cabin? Will I need to rent a car if I arrive into the Denver Airport?

    1. Brad,

      The bunks and class room are in the cabin, so there’s no need for a daily shuttle. If you come into DIA, you will need to rent a car, car-pool, take a bus, or otherwise get to Snow Mountain Ranch and back.


  2. My B-i-Law used to drive a shuttle from Denver to Grandby. There was companies which did this often 2x daily (a morning and even run).

    I believe my family had a reunion at this location once. It is on the side of a mountain with lots of hiking, wildlife, nature – in August it will be absolutely gorgeous. Sadly, my travel budget has been burned this year already – huge multi-week trip trip to the great white north and another overseas.

    I don’t know any names, sorry. He’s been gone for many years.

    I love the idea of this! As a LUG organizer, we’ve struggled with ways to suggest that people learn more Linux for their professional goals. Getting someone to the level where they are ready for this class is hard for hobbyists.

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