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Linux certification

By nean_72 ·
I just recently got a job where I support UNIX servers and the Oracle DBs that are attached to them. This is my first job out of college. The job is a year long contract job. Just before I got the job I had enrolled in courses for the MCSD. I have completed the first course and will start to study transcenders to pass the Analyzing Requirements and Defining Solutions test. When I got out of college I was dead set on a development position. However after getting the job as an admin I find that I really enjoy the work. I am debating on switching gears and going after a Linux cert. My question is two fold:
1) What is the job market like for someone with a degree, a year's worth of experience, and a Linux cert?
2) Out of the Linux certs that are out there which ones are the most worth while?

Thanx in advance,

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by jmgarvin In reply to Linux certification

If you choose the Linux cert route I'd pick up the LCPI

I'd choose it for two reasons:
1) It is a generic Linux cert. So even if Red Hat died tomorrow, you'd still be ok
2) It is more comprehensive than the Linux+

The RHCE is decent, but is very Red Hat centric, so you have to make sure that is what you want your focus to be.

Good luck!

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I agree

by Jaqui In reply to Certs

the non distro centric cert is better than going after red hat or suse ( novell ) certification.

Mandriva has laso gotten into the cert field.

but going after a distro centric cert really only teaches you to use that distro's tools, it doesn't teach you the underlying tools they are built on like the lcpi does.

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Go for two certs

by serago In reply to I agree

I agree the others posts but,.......... (there's always a but) LPI is not finished yet so a lot of stuff is not on this cert.
In my experience, go first for the LPI as it gives a good point of view and later go for second one.
For this second one, I have to point to Novell Certified Linux Professional and Engineer. It's a good one and Novell Linux is growing.

About if it's better a cert or years of experience, it depend on how much money they want to pay you. Years of experience means money and a cert means going into a business as a junior admin.

Good luck.

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Linux+ and Novell

by linuxplus In reply to Linux certification

The updated Linux+ exam is quite challenging and a good measure of 6-12 months systems experience. More importantly, if you're thinking of Novell eventually, and you complete the Novell 3060 "Getting Started with Linux" course for Linux+, you'll be 1/3 of the way along toward their CLP. Just a thought.

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