CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA Linux+

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CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career system administrator supporting Linux systems.

The NEW Linux+ is now available!

The new CompTIA Linux+ is geared to teach the learner who will use Linux to manage everything from cars and smartphones to servers and supercomputers, as a vast number of enterprises use Linux in cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and web administration applications.

In the new CompTIA Linux+, candidates are only required to pass one exam for certification. However, the new certification is no longer eligible for the LPI 2-for-1 offer.

  • CompTIA Linux+ is the only job-focused Linux certification covering the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers.
  • Unlike other certifications, the new exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job.
  • The exam covers tasks associated with all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for advanced vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

CompTIA Linux+ Power by LPI will be available through October 1, 2019, at which time will retire and not be available. CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking.

The two exams cover the following domains:

Exam Domains

LXK-004
% of Exam
Hardware and System Configuration
21%
Systems Operation and Maintenance
26%
Security
19%
Linux Troubleshooting and Diagnostics
20%
Automation and Scripting
14%
LX0-103
% of Exam
System Architecture
14%
Linux Installation and Package Management
18%
GNU and Unix Commands
43%
Devices, Linux Filesystems, and Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
25%
LX0-104
% of Exam
Shells, Scripting and Data Management
17%
User Interfaces and Desktops
8%
Administrative Tasks
20%
Essential System Services
17%
Networking Fundamentals
23%
Security
15%

NOTE: To become certified, candidates must complete Linux+ LX0-101 and LX0-102 OR Linux+ LX0-103 and LX0-104. Different versions (e.g., LX0-101 and LX0-104) may not be combined.

What’s New

New Releases:

  • English LX0-103 and LX0-104 launched on March 30, 2015, replacing LX0-101 and LX0-102.
  • Brazilian Portuguese LX0-103 and LX0-104 launched on January 8, 2016.

Retirements:

  • German LX0-101 and LX0-102 retired on June 30, 2016.
  • Brazilian Portuguese LX0-101 and LX0-102 retired on June 30, 2016.

Updates in Progress:

  • Spanish LX0-103 and LX0-104 launch dates TBD.
  • German LX0-103 and LX0-104 launch dates TBD.
  • Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) and Spanish, LX0-101 and LX0-102 remain active.

Popular Job Roles

  • Linux Database Administrator
  • Junior Linux Administrator
  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Web Administrator

Organizations that Recommend or Teach Linux+

  • Dell
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
  • U.S. Navy

Exam Details

Exam Codes LX0-103 & LX0-104 XK0-004
Launch Date 2015 April 2, 2019
Exam Description CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking. Linux+ is comprised of two exams – LX0-103 and LX0-104. Candidates must pass LX0-103 before taking LX0-104. CompTIA Linux+ validates the skills of IT professionals with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, and supporting servers running the Linux operating system. The new exam has an increased focus on the following topics: security, kernel modules, storage & visualization, device management at an enterprise level, git & automation, networking & firewalls, server side & command line, server (vs. client-based) coverage, troubleshooting and SELinux.
Number of Questions 60 questions 90 questions
Type of Questions Multiple Choice (Single Response), Multiple Response and Fill-in-the-Blank Performance-based, Multiple Choice (Single Response), Multiple Response and Fill-in-the-Blank
Length of Test 90 Minutes 90 Minutes
Passing Score 500 (on a scale of 200 to 800) 720 (on a scale of 100 to 900)
Recommended Experience CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux admin experience CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and 12 months of Linux admin experience
Languages English, German, Portuguese, Spanish English (at launch). Japanese, German, Portuguese and Spanish (coming soon)