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    Getting into Linux careers?

    I have been using linux for the past couple of years and i really enjoy learning and using it. I want to make it into a career and I am just curious to see what everyone here thinks are the right steps to take. Looking at job postings i notice it is mainly certs that they look for.

    Books I have bought and currently reading:

    *How linux works
    *Novell Press Linux Kernel Development
    *Linux Bible 2010

    What other books can you suggest? What classes? What certs should i study for?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    A good self-study is answering questions in this forum. One learns a lot by doing so.
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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    Quote Originally Posted by illconcepts View Post
    I have been using linux for the past couple of years and i really enjoy learning and using it. I want to make it into a career

    ....SNIPPED
    Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) is probably the best bet for linux certifications.
    Last edited by tjwoosta; July 12th, 2010 at 12:54 AM.

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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    There are a lot of Fortune 500's requiring Linux experience for new IT personnel.

    IBM, Google, and even Microsoft have opening for experienced Linux people. Yes, 91 available jobs at MS require Linux knowledge.

    Heck, Microsoft is even hiring people to specifically stop Linux deployments:

    https://careers.microsoft.com/JobDet...20409&jlang=EN
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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    Don't put too much stock in books. They can only teach you so much. The rest you learn from actually doing it.
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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    Linux is primarily a server OS. Why not go to school for networking?
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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    Quote Originally Posted by NMFTM View Post
    Linux is primarily a server OS. Why not go to school for networking?
    Even at schools for networking/servers/etc... They teach you Cisco/Microsoft products and that’s pretty much it.

    At least here, by me, that's how it is...

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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    Even at schools for networking/servers/etc... They teach you Cisco/Microsoft products and that’s pretty much it.
    But of course they will! The whole point behind Cisco academy is to teach you how to do things with Cisco hardware so when you get an IT job and have to set up a datacenter, you will only be able to recommend that solution. I know some senior network admins who declare something impossible if it can't done with Cisco, even though it's half a dozen lines in Linux or *BSD. I'm not saying it's bad, in fact I recommend getting a CCNA if you can, but keep your mind open to other solutions, question your tutors whenever they say something can't be done, and search online for solutions. The Networking section of this forum is a great start and lartc.org, though old, is as valid as ever (but things are configured much more simply now).

    There's a saying here that goes something like, "If one could learn by watching, the dog would be a butcher." Read, but also do. Like others said, answering questions on these forums is the best way. I know from personal experience that the most I've learned in my career was during my time in tech support, solving other people's problems.

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    Re: Getting into Linux careers?

    Quote Originally Posted by McRat View Post
    There are a lot of Fortune 500's requiring Linux experience for new IT personnel.

    IBM, Google, and even Microsoft have opening for experienced Linux people. Yes, 91 available jobs at MS require Linux knowledge.

    Heck, Microsoft is even hiring people to specifically stop Linux deployments:

    https://careers.microsoft.com/JobDet...20409&jlang=EN
    I read the requirements, and that thing is funny!

    Build ‘Compete Muscle’ Across Your Area. The CSI Lead owns ensuring that the region and subs are fully ready to compete against Linux and FOSS. This includes everything from training to being the subject matter expertise, where needed. à Ability to diagnose a market share problem, find root causes and pull together a team that will PLAN / DO / CHECK / ACT in the right direction.
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