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Hi, I'm not exactly new to linux, I've dabble in it in the past, but Microsoft OS has grabbed most of my attention over the years. I'm trying to prepare for the Linux+ Certifications, what are the best Linux distros for that exam?
It looks like Comptia is now using the first two LPI tests, so you can get both certifications. The certification is supposed to be vendor neutral, but they will probably expect you to know a lot about RHEL, because it is very popular with business and industry. The people who wear the suits like to have customer support. If you don't want to pay for RHEL use Fedora. It is close enough. Slackware is also a good choice for learning about Linux in general.
Do yourself a favor and learn on both an RPM and DEB based distribution (the latter of which will use APT for most packaging tasks). I'd suggest CentOS (a free RHEL rebuild that is almost identical minus the Red Hat branding and trademarks) and Debian if you want to focus on the server side. Slackware is a great choice too for deep learning, but you won't find it used too much in a corporate environment. I use Arch at home because it's a rolling release while reminding me a lot, in some ways, of Slackware.
Finally, if you want to learn Linux, you should learn Linux and use it every day (if possible). Don't just study for a cert, but really try to become an expert user. A cert alone won't get you a job, you'll need some experience too, even if it's just playing around setting up servers on a home network.
Yes,the Linux+ exams are based off of Debian and RH. I've downloaded both Center (RH flavor) and Debian. I'm running both on vmware workstation 10. I'll download Slackware now and mess around with it later; haven't had much sleep within the last 48 hours or more. Thanks, I'll be back on the thread when I wake up (which might be only 3 or 4 hours) x-(
Last edited by wakefield39; 12-24-2013 at 08:17 AM.
Wow! btmiller, you woke me up with that recommendation! You're making me want to put the rubber to the road and start cranking it up right now. I was messing around with both CentOS and Debian for the last 48 hours heavily and over the last two weeks off and on. But you're right, I need to start using it on a regular. Lot of jobs here in Virginia, USA are requiring a lot more than just casual use.
Last edited by wakefield39; 12-24-2013 at 08:35 AM.