Linux Showdown is a multi-day Linux contest that pits Linux professionals, like system administrators and devops engineers, against the clock (and each other!) to solve a simulated server crisis. A fun technical contest, participants are challenged to prove their technical skills in different scenarios each day–competing for leaderboard position, badges and daily prizes!


04/28/2014 Linux Showdown 7 VIEW RESULTS
02/25/2014 Linux Showdown 6 VIEW RESULTS
11/05/2013 Linux Showdown Five VIEW RESULTS
09/16/2013 Linux Showdown 4 VIEW RESULTS
06/01/2013 Texas Linux Fest 2013 VIEW RESULTS
03/14/2013 SXSW Linux Showdown VIEW RESULTS
10/01/2012 Contest #1 - Oct 2012 VIEW RESULTS


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Warm up by re-taking a past showdown or mini-challenge


The Linux Showdown contest features a different technical problem each day. Once the contest begins, TrueAbility will build your own virtual server loaded with the technology and problems that you must fix. A timer will start once you click "begin" and then you are on your way! The clock stops only when the contestant clicks the "finished" button in the contest page. Our automated grading system then scores your work and posts the results to the official leaderboard.

We encourage you to compete daily for your chance to win. Players are eligible to win prizes on multiple days. Prizes range from badges and T-shirts to hardware like Raspberry Pis and Google Chromecasts.


Players may enter the contest once per day and are eligible to win prizes on each day. Prizes are limited to US residents. Official rules for each showdown are available on the showdown leaderboards.