Dan Widyono on 9 Jan 2008 06:59:16 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Linux Certification

On Wed, Jan 09, 2008 at 08:35:31AM -0500, Matt Mossholder wrote:
> I believe RHCE has the edge for exactly this reason. It is closer to
> reality, and demonstrates that you can do more than take a test.

When I hire, I look favorably at (but don't put much weight on) RH
certifications, for this reason.  Certainly it tells me more than e.g. an MS
cert (besides familiarity with Linux rather than Windows; as Matt mentioned,
it speaks to more than just getting static standardized test answers
correct).  Disclaimer: I haven't taken any myself; I just know people who
have, and they exhibited a good deal of problem solving skills.

Speaking of hiring, I'll be posting soon...

>From my perspective, RH sysadmin can definitely be self studied.  You have
numerous sources on the web, and you can install (for FREE!) RH enterprise
(or rather a clone like Fermi SL or CentOS or what have you) as well as
Fedora and learn to your heart's content.

Put a couple of years of solid admin'ing on a public RHEL system running
various services, with many diverse non-family-non-friend users, and you've
got quite a good start on a lot of jobs.  At least University jobs.  I don't
know what Corporate looks for.  God willing, I'll never have to find out.

Dan W.
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