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Opinions on linux certs

By Fvazquez ·
Ok guys am going to throw this question on the pipe so i can have good feedback. I have been working in windows environments for close to 5 years and I have achieved a good experience and goals on the networking and systems administration. But form day one i have a special interest in Unix systems but i never had the opportunity to work in a place that have that kind of platforms an I felt like incomplete in that area, but then Linux appears and the whole game changed and i started like 1 year ago to experiment with different versions of Linux like Red Hat, Free BSD, Mandrake, ect.

Now I am experimenting with oracle 9i database and application server in Red Hat 7.3 (witch is really amazing) and I think I really want to get the Linux area more seriously and get certified on Linux. So this is the question its worth it get certified on Red Hat or other Linux certs?? Or what other things I can do.

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Feather under your cap what u want?

by ghstinshll In reply to Opinions on linux certs

I can easily give you one of those...

Go for a Linux+ cert, since the + exams are relatively easy to ramp up on, then see if you can find a use for it. If you keep it up, you really could find a use in a Unix/Oracle team though, which should netpretty good rewards... (-:{

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I forgot

by Fvazquez In reply to Opinions on linux certs

To say that i alredy hold linux + cert. Thanks

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If you really love Unix...

by ghstinshll In reply to Opinions on linux certs

Go ahead and pursue the RHCE, but it'll be time to be ready to study up on other things about the technology that will lead you to where you really want, like DHCP on Unix, DNS, Oracle ( like you mentioned)... I sitll like that idea on ORACLE.

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FreeBSD's not Linux!

by jason14 In reply to Opinions on linux certs

Look, FreeBSD is not a type of linux. It's a type of BSD. Hence the name.
If you did not know that then you are not ready for certification.

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by silvioandpauly In reply to FreeBSD's not Linux!

What is BSD? I did LSD years ago.....

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I hope that's a joke.

by apotheon In reply to

In case it's not a joke, here's the answer:
BSD, like Linux, is an open source Unix. It stands for Berkeley Software Distribution, which refers to a department at a famous university in California. There are three main branchings of BSD (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD). There are also minor offshoots, such as DragonflyBSD. These differ from Linux mostly because of the way the maintainer projects are organized, the fact that they're released under the BSD license instead of the GPL (general public license), and use separately maintained BSD kernels rather than the Linux kernel (though DragonflyBSD and OpenBSD share the same kernel, if I'm not mistaken).

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by apotheon In reply to FreeBSD's not Linux!

They're both Unices. Cut some slack, here. Functionally, there is little difference between the BSDs and Linuxes. In fact, the BSDs differ from each other almost as much as they do from Linux as a whole, as each BSD kernel is maintained separately from the others.

The main reason the BSDs are grouped together is two-fold: they're all descended from one central computer science lab, and they're all released under the BSD license. Aside from that, they're different OSes from each other about as much as any of them are different OSes from Linux as a whole.

It would be for correct to say "open source Unix" than "Linux" when speaking of both Linux and BSD OSes, but I don't think that failing to distinguish between them in the foregoing post is reason to lambast someone as being an incompetent that isn't ready to study up for a certification exam. Knowing the history of the Unix family tree isn't as important to a certification as knowing how to use the Unix command line, which doesn't really differ between Unices.

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