[SATLUG] I want to be a Linux SysAdmin, where do I start?

Alex Bartonek bartonekdragracing at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 23 17:54:22 CST 2011

Get a job at hostgator or something like that.  They wont pay you a whole heck of alot but it will get your foot in the door.  Thats all you need.   There was a recent job posting on SATLUG, look at what they want...read up on that, learn it, know it..live it.  There are a ton of "Linux admins" but not a ton of good ones.   

Another place to get your foot in is govt work.  They pay more (because contracts sometimes drop and you end up jobless) and you can network..meet other folks in your profesion..jump elsewhere etc.  For govt work, get certs...thats more valuable to them than a degree.  You gotta know your stuff though.


--- On Thu, 11/17/11, Rusel M <reokie at live.com> wrote:

From: Rusel M <reokie at live.com>
Subject: [SATLUG] I want to be a Linux SysAdmin, where do I start?
To: satlug at satlug.org
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:26 PM

Hi, this is my first time hearing about SATLUG and I am planning to attend the next meeting on the 14th! I have a quick question related to Linux system administration:
I am currently going to Palo Alto Community College for my AS in Computer Science. As of a year ago, Linux is my passion, and I have since switched my focus onto becoming a linux system admin. I currently have CrunchBang linux (Debian based) on my Laptop, but since I hear that most businesses are Red Hat based, I have CentOS installed on a Virtual Machine, and have beenlearning that for the past few days. What is the main distro I should study to become a system admin? Is a CS degree going to help with getting a job as a sysadmin?                            --
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