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Old 06-23-2010, 08:41 AM   #1
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Question Training for Certification

Hi folks,

I'm relatively new to Linux. Although I know a few commands (from rote usage in my job), I don't understand all the intricate stuff (file structures, samba shares, etc.). I have started taking training for certification via the exams from LPI (Linux Professional Institute).

Is this a good entity to receive certification from? I know that are several available; however, with my limited budget, I can't afford Red Hat certification. Not to mention the fact that Red Hat isn't the end-all and be-all of Linux. I've done one or two CentOS installations (via the graphical interface) and those went pretty well. But everything was by default because I don't know what would be needed to perform a custom install nor have I done anything major from the command line other than daily tasks that I have been taught.

Can anyone let me know if I'm on the correct path or not?

Thanks in advance.
Old 06-23-2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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It really depends on what career path you follow. If you're a Linux system administrator (or are planning to become one) a certification may be a good idea.

In terms of what certification you get again; its dependent on what Linux you'll be taking care of. Definitely not the be all and end all of Linux; but RHEL is one of the more bigger distro's in Enterprise environments and thus an RHCE may not be a bad idea.

Certifications however don't mean you're going to become a Linux Guru. I know of plenty administrators with no certifications that are better than any certified Linux administrator. The best way to learn is to use Linux on a daily basis and try to build your knowledge as much as you can.


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