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By MuthuVenkatsubramanian ·
Hi,
G'Day!Im a SWRE Developer and am about to change my career to networking.Can any body advice me regarding that is it worth changing?. And also I do want get clarified NT/Linux - which is the best bet?
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by eBob In reply to Coding or Networking Whic ...

It is only worth changing from development if the following 2 conditions are met:
1 - you don't like development, and prefer networking (the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING is that you ENJOY whatever you are doing)
2 - there are plenty of jobs for a rookie network type in your part of the world

NT <--> Linux? Whatever that has to do with you first question, I am not to sure. "REAL" networking is just that: networking. Connecting systems together to form networks, connecting those networks together to form inter-networks, and so on. NT and Linux are NOT network operating systems (no, not really), they are operating systems for micro-computers. As luck would have it, there are some obvious network elements in both of these OS's. And as luckwould have it, TCP/IP is the strongest such element. The "decision" of NT <--> Linux is one for Systems Administrators (another element of I.T.), but nor so important for Network types, who should be able to connect all sorts of systems together (asin "the Internet").

Getting back to answering your Q. about "which is better": Solaris is much better than either. For a career, however, NT is generically "better", only because of the huge install base, and the demands that NT puts on Systems Administrators.

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by donmars In reply to Coding or Networking Whic ...

I beg to differ with parts of the answer given by eBob, he is obviously what one might define as a "purist" and in todays dynamic world of networking and market forces he collects cobwebs! NT is a bona fide NOS (network operating system)It has the advantage (spell that F E A T U R E) over Solaris and Novel (forgot that one?) in being able to stand alone without a network but thats Workstation or 2000 Professional. They support limited users. Windows NT Server or 2000 Server is network dependent. I agree that you may consider Sun Solaris an Enterprise system but it is fast being eclipsed by Windows 2000 enterprise flavors like Advanced Server, Datacenter Server. Linux a variant of Unix appears to be a "must know" OS these days but I know very little about if it is an "real" NOS. Since Unix is a NOS I would venture to say that so is Linux but... not sure. The lines between Network Admins and System Admins are also blurred because so much of their duties overlap and blend. We may be splitting hairs in defining them, I think eBob may actually mean to refer to a Network Engineer's job when he states....>>""REAL" networking is just that: networking. Connecting systems together to form networks"<< etc. With your background in development I would suggest you look seriously at Linux, 1)it's Command Line style of interface would be at home for you, 2) there is a strong developmental twist to it, being open source, 3)It is Hot Hot Hot, and getting hotter since IBM is embracing it big time 4) start now and by the time you are fully efficient in it it will be major, and you will be in demand. NT is relatively easy to learn due to it's GUI design and intuitive nature. Because of it's huge acceptance that has to be thrown into the mix. You will find that to be a successful Network Administrator you will need know multiple NOSs' concentrate on Linux and NT both.

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by WindRider In reply to Coding or Networking Whic ...

Developer if:
You are detail oriented, love to communicat, like shedules and deadlines, want to get involved and understand how the business works.

Network if:
Like problem solving, rather deal with emergent problems, don't mind the long hours when things go wrong, get turned off dealing with non-IT, business types.

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