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It's (by "it" I am referring to RHCE) a Red Hat Enterprise Linux-specific certification in the sense that it demonstrates your knowledge of their implementation of GNU/Linux. But it's also a general certification in the sense that if you can earn that, you will know a hell of a lot about any distro.
So it is an over-all certification, and not just for one distro?
The RHCE exams cover only Red Hat Enterprise Linux, no other distros. Most of the RHCE level folks have experience in other distibutions though. I use suse, debian, gentoo, knoppix-cd, etc..etc.. but my PRIMARY focus is RHEL for work's sake, and Fedora Core at home.
If you're going to sit the RHCE exam, you'd better know how to set up/troubleshoot RHEL4 cold going in.
Distribution: Red Hat and Novell OES (formerly SUSE), LPI 101 and Net+
LPI or Linux+ would be a good place to start.
Originally Posted by Dralnu
If its a only-one-distro thing, then how would one get a general certification if they wanted it so they wouldn't be restriced to what they worked on.
Try the LPI. The CompTia folks offer the Linux+, but I opted for the LPI because it was harder and more prestigious. (I heard this thru out the technical venues that I use). There are several free study guides and I used just 2 books. If you work in it, this would be a big time plus.
I find the IBM tutorials particularly good (and are the only ones to include 201 / 202). Note that the 101 + 102 are still on the old objectives, although I don't think much has changed apart from X-Windows now refers to X.org as well as XFree86.
A certification, just like a college degree, is really just whatever you make it. The diploma or certificate, if you actually bother to get one, is much less important than the serious study and effort that you (should have) put in to get it.
The study materials that are sold for certificate-preparation are just as valuable, if not more so, imho, than the certificate itself. They're "concentrated food," so to speak.
Every certificate program is, understandably, vendor-centric because you gotta have "a word from our sponsor." And because it's a lot easier and more effective to write for the distro and version that you assume/require the student to have. But you need to be able to extrapolate that knowledge to other distros.
The very best way to learn about Linux is to use it all day every day, and to always have a "spare" machine that you can experiment with. Take it apart and put it back together again, hardware-wise and software-wise. Do "Linux From Scratch." Several times. In any case, have several machines and run several different distros on them.
Then, get a job, any job, that puts you in contact with Linux on a daily basis. My first job consisted of tearing paper off a line-printer and shoving it through the proper slot. I didn't care... I was inside, and I wound up working there for the next ten years. (Linux was about sixteen years in the future.) You learn a lot by "osmosis."
Then .. well .. if you've got $750 burning a hole in your pocket and you're certain that you will get more than that back from spending it that way .. a certificate might look pretty on your cubicle wall. Just make sure that the process that you went through to get there actually consisted of a solid (self-)education.
Last edited by sundialsvcs; 06-23-2006 at 08:48 AM.