Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
i'm a recent graduate & i'm supposed to have interviews for 2 companies a linux admin. & am an entry level candidate. any idea what kind of question tht might be asked? i mean, on which are they'll more focusing on? like network admin, system admin (user add... etc), shell programming or basic linux/unix commands?
Probably all of them, and will likely accept varying levels of answers depending on what they're expecting you to be capable of. Answer to the best of your ability, and don't be afraid to elaborate if you know more than they're asking, and discuss the issues instead of answering if you know less. :-)
BTW, shell programming is mainly basic UNIX/Linux commands so you can conflate the last two items of your list. And don't let yourself down by not knowing how to pronounce "vi" - it's "vee-eye". I'd mark down anyone who calls it "vie".
They'll probably ask you some basic questions like how to list the contents of a directory, how to change passwords. How to read log files(cat,tail,etc), user creation/modifications. How to check for available space on a HD.
They might ask how to format a harddrive for a linux FS. How to connect to network machines(ssh). Might even ask you what ports certain applications run on, so study the port #s. If they have a windows and *nix they probably ask about Samba, so be prepared to know the basics.
They might even ask some more advanced questions about the network layer and routing tables and so on.. But if it's for entry level and they ask you those questions they are just doing so to see HOW you answer the question.. Not if you actually know it. Don't be afraid to say you'll use the man pages or google, co-workers/etc.
I don't think the pronunciation of something is going to keep you from getting a job. I pronounce Linux as Lyn-ucks but the guy that did my technical interview pronounces it as Lie-nucks. I got the job.
...any idea what kind of question tht might be asked? i mean, on which are they'll more focusing on? like network admin, system admin (user add... etc), shell programming or basic linux/unix commands?
Probably none of the above, directly. They may well ask what you claim you have experience with and then what you thought about it, what the difficulties/good points were. So, if you make up something that you have experience with, you'd better have a good story about it, and if the interviewer knows anything about it, the interviewer(s) may well ask you one or two very directed questions about it.
So claiming to be the world's greatest expert on, say, databases may work unless you come up against someone who knows more about databases than you. If the interviewer thinks that their knowledge of databases isn't very good, but they still know way more than you and you still believe that you are the world's greatest expert, well, that probably isn't going to work well.
In general, they will be trying to asses your character as much as anything; are you a quick learner, do you have a chip on your shoulder about everything being everyone elses fault, can you get on with other team members, etc, etc.
More directly to the point, in a junuior sys admin job you'd probably be looking for someone with the discipline not to screw stuff up unnecessarily (learning from your mistakes without making any!). And if you wanted to train to know stuff that you don't know now (say RHCE, for example, but it could be anything relevant) that would almost always be seen as positive.
Just be yourself! A good interviewer will pick up on somebody that is trying to present something that their not. You will be challenged to present yourself and if you do come off as a know it all then you've already struck out. Try to be direct but able to communicate your answers in fashions that anyone could understand. Tech jargon is good when used properly. But to over use then you will be creating a problem with communication. Companies want sys admins that can communicate between levels of company individuals or inter departmental. Your ability too adjust will be a plus.
Entry level is just that. You're experiences will accumulate in time. If you know general administrative techniques and present your self as someone that knows 'system administration' then watch out if the interviewer(s) are admins. Yes, some companies have two or more interviewers for first time interviews. If you make it to the call back list then you might have something that the company is interested in.
Set your goals for the interview session so that you can adjust them on the fly during the interview. Good interviewers will give you a lead as to where to go with the session. If you pick up on it then your one step closer. Good luck!