An article from the Red Hat Learning Subscription monthly newsletter. April 2016.

If you’ve been a subscriber to Red Hat Learning Subscription for a while you might’ve noticed that our system upgrade in late March substantially changed the look and feel of the Red Hat Learning Subscription. Changes include a general theme update to better align with other Red Hat websites, eliminating the curriculum-based tabs, and other improvements.

Several of you have contacted me to express consternation about now using the catalog as an option to find things in the interface. We hear you loud and clear, but the new UI for the catalog has some nice features. Here are a few:

  • Sort catalog columns by clicking the column headers.
  • Group all the cloud, DevOps, platform, etc. classes together in the catalog by clicking the track header
  • Quickly find what you’re looking for using the new filter listing text field. Start typing a word in the field and only matching courses will be displayed. For example, if you’re interested in video classroom courses, type VC--the video classroom course code--and you’ll see just those classes. Try other terms in the search field to see how grouping text works. For example, if you type the word cluster, the search results will display only the Red Hat High Availability Clustering (RH436) course. It turns out, most of you that were using the old search field were using it this way, so we followed your lead.

Tabs will return in some capacity to the UI. The new tab feature won’t provide catalog filtering but will make it easier for you to open a technical support case or find the frequently asked questions (FAQs) page.

One of the things I like the most about the redesign is the updated controls for our Ravello-based lab environments. When we set up the complex labs, like the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization or Red Hat Satellite 6 courses, we built in ordering to make sure prerequisite systems are booted prior to others that need them. Until this update, subsequent environment boots required you to boot each system individually, and it was difficult to figure out what these dependencies are. With the new lab boot, it’s as simple as pushing the start lab button (or if it’s running, the stop lab button). Using these new controls lets you boot or shut down the entire lab environment, and it honors the built-in prerequisites in the group boot rules. For those of you who like statistics, that’s 75% to 85% less clicking.

Please continue to send us feedback on your experiences with the UI and your subscription. We’ll continue to make UI improvements. Thank you to Rob Verduijn (and others who have asked) for feedback regarding the lack of a warning message about the auto-stop timer and lack of a warning box when you click the button to reset or delete your lab environment. We’re currently looking into this scenario.

Look for more updates in the future.


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