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Old 09-29-2004, 03:05 PM   #1
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Question Linux Guru?


When does a linux user go from being a newbie to a guru?
 
Old 09-29-2004, 03:13 PM   #2
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If you mean on this site, you become a "Member" at 30 posts, a "Senior member" at 1000 and a "Guru" at 5000 posts.

In real life, don't know. I think the criteria for being a real guru should be rather stiff. When you have contributed to the kernel, perhaps. Or when you have made your own public distro. What do you think?

Martin

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Old 09-29-2004, 03:14 PM   #3
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Most "guru's" would say NEVER! If you mean on LQ, i don't know. I see they changed it. Used to be 1000 posts got you guru/addict(you picked). The choice seems to have changed and I've not kept up on it.

Hey, how about when you answer more questions than you ask? I just started a new job and the initial training had a fun "quiz" time when we were waitning for our system logins. It was an "ask the other team a hard question" game and I asked a computer question (What is the latest OpenBSD release) and stumped everyone. They looked at me like i was a computer genius. i don't think that at all, so there you go. Its relative.

Why would you like to know? LOL






Frederick Douglas said your quote, btw. Interesting man.

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Old 09-29-2004, 03:48 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input. I've been studying/using linux for nearly 2 years now and I definitely DO NOT consider myself even close to attaining a "Guru" title. I was just wondering what it took to become a guru. More precisely, how much training and experience would it take to safely say that you are a guru. I understand that there will always be something to learn with linux (and computers in general), but if there was a level or milestone, what would it be?
 
Old 09-29-2004, 04:00 PM   #5
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Most likely if you search, there will be somewhere online that you can check yourself against some test-like questions for the red hat cert, or something similar. That'd be a measure.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 04:16 PM   #6
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Speak, O Guru: How can I become a Unix Wizard?
 
Old 09-29-2004, 04:19 PM   #7
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This one, perhaps?
http://home.rochester.rr.com/jbennet.../n500test.html


Martin
 
Old 09-29-2004, 04:20 PM   #8
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Moved: This thread is more suitable in General, since it's not really a Linux-question :) and has been moved accordingly to help your thread/question get the exposure it deserves.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 09:27 PM   #9
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If you, your keyboard, monitor and CPU, are surrounded by a glowing light while you easily bend Linux to your will in spite of any obstacles, you are a Linux guru.
If you gnash your teeth, curse, and kick your dog over every problem, you are a Linux user.
During the transition you may grumble slightly and not glow noticeably.
 
Old 09-29-2004, 10:08 PM   #10
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What does it matter what those around you call you? To myself I will always be a newbie. There are some that might call me a Guru. Does the title matter? People act as if the seas will part, all the doors will unlock, you will never get stopped by a red light, and you will get free computer hardware for the rest of your life once your a "guru".

In the end, its just a title. It proves nothing about your knowledge of Linux...kind of like a MS cert....

If everyone was a Guru then who would be hacking their Linux install everyday, hmmm?

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Old 09-29-2004, 11:51 PM   #11
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Quote:
In the end, its just a title. It proves nothing about
your knowledge of Linux...kind of like a MS cert....
Which is where the risk comes in. To the individual
with the title it may be harmless, but people reading
a post, for example, may believe that you're better
than you are, and value your word higher because
of the title. Which is particularly dangerous in the
event that the advice you give is silly or harmful.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 09-30-2004, 12:37 AM   #12
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Exactly, Tinkster!

When I first came to LQ I thought that guru meant what the word
guru means. Broke my box a few times reading the advice of
those "gurus" that got the title just because they made 1,000
posts. I still think 5,000 posts doesn't deserve the title guru.
Actually, IMHO Moderator, Member, or Contributing Member
should be enough for LQ - well, Jeremy gets root, of course.


Guru - An expert, especially in "Unix guru". Implies not
only wizard skill but also a history of being a knowledge
resource for others.
 
Old 09-30-2004, 12:44 AM   #13
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It that reason that i chose to change "guru" to "LQ Addict" when we had the choice. Its more accurate anyways
 
Old 09-30-2004, 06:51 AM   #14
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More importantly How can I get rid of the Guru thing

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Old 09-30-2004, 08:02 AM   #15
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Search the website questions and suggestions for the
thread. Or just email Jeremy and ask him. It sure feels
better having Senior Member than guru...
 
  


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