bergman on 18 Apr 2006 19:18:53 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] Updated SysAdmin resources? (sorry about the rehash)

In the message dated: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 13:47:51 EDT,
The pithy ruminations from Floyd Johnson on 
<Re: [PLUG] Updated SysAdmin resources? (sorry about the rehash)> were:
=> I'm going to try to elucidate my question. 
=> A few years ago, Red Hat was the distribution of choice for anyone
=> seeking to put Linux in a Machine Room. It seems that has changed to the
=> Debian family (my personal rig is Ubuntu-driven, having once been
=> RHEL3). I also think there has been talk of Fedora being an alternative.
=> I'm under the possibly mistaken impression that there exists a
=> collection of stuff to know, common to all distros, for a person to be a
=> "true" Linux SysAdmin.
=> I imagine this body of knowledge includes:
=> 	Advanced topics in network defense
=> 	Which logs are relevant, how to arm them, and how to interpret them
=> 	Shells:which ones are most useful, when and how to write shell scripts,
=> and when to write actual (simple C, Perl, or Python) programs.
=> 	The "proper" tools for backups and restorations.
=> 	Many more things about the work of a SysAdmin.

If you replace the word "Linux" with "*n.x", then you could use many of the 
excellent resources on Linux and Unix (and Irix and HP/UX, etc., etc.) system 
administration as the starting point, and produce a very concise description of 
the differences between Linux distros as a supplement, rather than reinventing 
the wheel.

Take a close look at The Rosetta Stone:
for an terrific starting point and framework for listing the specifics 
between different *n.x flavors. That site already makes distinctions between 
RH, Debian, Mandrake, and SuSE.

=> I can see Cosmin's point that the differences between distros (such as
=> which directories and filenames things are placed in) is an issue
=> learned hands-on.

Yep. You'll remember the differences much better if the input comes from 
fingers on a keyboard, and finding what does (and doesn't) work in each 
environment, instead of reading a doc.


Mark Bergman    Biker, Rock Climber, Unix mechanic, IATSE #1 Stagehand

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