[SATLUG] Getting more Linux/Unix expertise

Alex Bartonek bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 18 17:43:17 CDT 2009

I learned the most by setting up a webserver out of necessity at my house.   Since I would get the most help with replies like RTFM I learned it on my own because of my webserver.

--- On Sat, 7/18/09, Kevin Buckner <sirjaggy29 at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Kevin Buckner <sirjaggy29 at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Getting more Linux/Unix expertise
> To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
> Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009, 12:33 PM
> Here is my situation history
>    I am trying to develop more hands on
> Linux/Unix expertise. I used to be a
> Solaris/ AIX
> Power User ( I refrain from using the term system
> administrator too loosely
> :) ) Since 2002 I did not
> have access to these (Power PC and SPARC machines)
> commercial unixes. So
> there was
> a big gap between my last hands on experience which made it
> difficult to
> show credibility. In 2007
> I got hooked on Fedora and DSL ( Damn Small Linux) and
> wanted to become a
> linux engineer. So
> at first I tried to relate my old commericial unix 
> experience to linux
> which was a huge mistake. Then I decided
> to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
> I spent most of last year trying to build my experience on
> CentOS, Puppy,
> Open Suse and Ubuntu Linux to prepare for
> certification as a Linux Engineer.  I was hooked on
> Open Solaris, and MAC OS
> X as well but didnt spend as much time
> on these other unix systems as linux. So here is my
> question: By
> volunteering on open source projects could I build
> expertise in linux or by starting a home test lab instead?
> Or better yet
> getting linux + certified is the way to expertise. I
> did want  to support in a hands on way. Please
> advise.


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