[SATLUG] Getting more Linux/Unix expertise

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 23 13:07:22 CDT 2009

I run a complete home network under Ubuntu - 3 machines and a 4th on the 
sidelines; one dual-boot with XP, and the network controller contains a 
virtual box running XP, Kubuntu and Fedora.

Much of this is just for fun, but a lot is also for 
learning/trial/error; but I've also taken much of what I've learned 
there to my open source project at work. I'm not feeling ready to pursue 
a Linux cert yet, but I'm sure my home setup will help when I am...


Kevin Buckner wrote:
> You hit the nail on the head about paper technicians. That is why I want
> real expertise and not just a paper title.
> I think certification and the home lab will be necessary for real linux
> expertise. Does anyone know of any
> open source linux projects they would recommend?
> On Sun, Jul 19, 2009 at 7:24 PM, Brad Knowles <brad at shub-internet.org>wrote:
>> on 7/18/09 8:54 PM, ed said:
>>  In my world, we call these "paper technicians."  They may know how to
>>> browse a book and pass a test, just but choke when the interviewer as them
>>> to describe or demonstrate a memory upgrade...  :P
>> That's one of the things about most of the Red Hat certs.  There is a
>> theoretical side, and a practical side.  If you can't demonstrate the
>> practical side under the gun trying to fix 23 different problems in a ten
>> minute period of time (or whatever), then you fail the cert.
>> Of course, once someone gets the cert, that doesn't mean that they won't
>> flunk the job interview.  And even if they do pass the interview with flying
>> colors and they have all the right certs, they could still be a very
>> unpleasant person to work with or for.
>> So, you've got to keep all these factors in mind.
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