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Old 08-12-2006, 08:50 PM   #1
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Need A Guide on Linux Certifications


Pls am from Java Background, though i have been using the Redhat distribution of linux for developing Java application. I just want have an OS certification on a linux based OS.
So, which would you advice me to go for, well i more comfortable with the Redhat distribution. Will also want to know the requirements as regards time,money and material.

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Old 08-13-2006, 01:57 PM   #2
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Sounds like you need the Red Hat Training Stream. You could also look into the LPI, depending on what you want the certification for.
 
Old 08-14-2006, 05:27 AM   #3
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If you want to stay completely RedHat then the RedHat certification is available. If you would like a more generic certification then the LPI is a generic Linux certification, rather than being distribution specific.

I haven't looked at the RedHat certification so can't comment any further on that.

The main thing about LPI is that it means you need to learn about Debian Package Management, but the rest is pretty similar across the different distributions. There are a few exceptions such as you need to know both grub and Lilo, but not that many that you need to spend a lot of time learning things you won't use (well no more than any certification programme).
 
Old 08-17-2006, 09:11 PM   #4
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Hi Penguintutor,
Thanks for the reply, men it was of a great assistance. But one more question. I have made up my mind to go for
a more generic linux certification. But what version of linux would you recommend for to use for my certification
exams. Though I have linux 7.0 running on my desktop, but would really want to have on my laptop. I am using a Gateway Platinum edition.
Thanks for your anticipated response.
 
Old 08-18-2006, 04:37 AM   #5
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It doesn't really matter what version you actually use, but you will need to read around some of the newer / older features. I normally run fairly recent versions of Linux distributions, but then when I've been revising I've read up on some of the older things.

The majority of the information won't have changed, it's just a few things that you need to know. I found following some threads on the forums (on this site), or searching the web is useful. A particularly good place is The Linux Documentation Project, as many of the Howtos cover some of the older / more generic methods that the exam asks about.

One example LPI has only just included cups (printing) in the latest version of the exam, but cups has been used by most distributions for some time. You can learn most of the cups stuff playing with your linux machine, but should still read up on some of the lp / lpr commands for the exam (for the 102 exam).

Another example is that most distros have now moved over to the GRUB boot manager, but questions still ask about LILO which was the most common a few years ago. So play around editing your GRUB config on your machine (although be careful!), but read up about the LILO config file, and the important bit is knowing that you need to refresh lilo whenever you make a change by running /usr/sbin/lilo (not required for GRUB).

These differences are only a fairly small part of the exam (except maybe the lilo bit). Actually getting hands on experience using Linux is the best way to learn linux, then just read around, based on the list of important subjects/commands/config files to prepare for the exam.
 
Old 08-19-2006, 07:33 PM   #6
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One more please, the LPI exams, is it taken online like most exams or writen, cos read somewhere
how a guy wrote his in the UK. Thanks once more
 
Old 08-21-2006, 05:36 AM   #7
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cos read somewhere how a guy wrote his in the UK
It's probably my blog / LPI information where you read that.
LPI Certification information - with details on paper based and computer based exams

Normally the LPI exams are computer based. There is however a paper based alternative, which asks exactly the same questions, and you have a multiple choice columns, and a space for written answers (one line answers - eg. give a command name etc.).

If you are taking the test where there are insufficient computers or where computer exams aren't available, then you will be given the paper based exam instead.

The only places I know where the paper exam is commonly used are for exams held at Linux Conferences (e.g. Linux World Expo in London where I took the 101 exam). At the conferences there are a large number of people taking the exam, which are often offered at a discount, typically half normal price - or in some circumstances free (when you pay the full delegate rate for the conference). There are however no computers available to provide the computer based exams.

Computer based exams are better as you get instant feedback on whether you have passed or failed. With the written exam you have to wait for several weeks to get the result, but that is the only difference.
 
  


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