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mjbuono 07-19-2007 09:11 AM

Planning on taking the XKO-002 test this month...
Hi Folks,

New to the site so first off... HELLO WORLD (sorry, couldn't resist).

I'm prepping for the XKO-002 Linux + test. I feel I'm ready but have a few points I would ask clarification on. There seems to be several different Linux Certs out there just for Linux + (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc). Could someone confirm that the XKO-002 is an entry level Linux + Certification? Also, has anyone had success with TestOut as a test prep?
Thanks... I look forward to contributing something worthwhile once I am able.


Micro420 07-22-2007 11:27 PM

I have used TestOut for the Microsoft exams (MCSE) and I found them to be helpful. It's all just basically video lectures with simulations built-in. It helped me a lot for the Microsoft exams. I felt like I still needed a book. I don't like to study for an exam with only 1 source. I want at least 2 sources.


Originally Posted by walterbyrd
If you get a degree, I would strongly recommend engineering as opposed to computer science. A BSCS is as difficult as an engineering degree, but as worthless as a libral arts degree. An engineer can certainly work in IT, if s/he choses to do so.

Engineering is seen as a true profession. A BSCS is worth practially nothing. In IT, unlike any other field, those with a HS education (or less) are often paid higher than those with college degrees. I have seen it happen many times.

Frankly, if I had it to do over again, I would stay as far away from anything IT as I possibly could. IT takes a lot of brains, and a lot of hard work and dedication; but IT workers are treated, and paid, worse than a typical janitor.

There are always exception, but just look at the job boards. I have seen ads looking for skilled people to work for less than minium wage. I have seen ads looking for people to work for free - just for the experience. To earn a living wage, you need about 5 years experience in about two dozen skills.

You are so correct. The previous I.T. guy before me came to this country from Vietnam about 15 years ago when I.T. was the new thing and companies weren't sure what to look for. He learned everything by experience so he taught me everything he knew. Then I started studying for my certifications and realized that this guy knew jack-sh*t about computers! He just knew how to install a Windows OS and connect them as a WORKGROUP. No servers or anything and no security in mind. I ended up replacing him (Boo-yah!), but getting paid less than him. He was a lucky bastard because he came into the market when it was fresh and was able to remain there because I work in a public institution so firing people is difficult. This guy now has a house in the Bay Area, a house in Australia, and a yacht. No freakin' fair! I am currently fighting my way up to the top at my work. It's going to be a difficult run

mjbuono 07-23-2007 08:11 AM

Planning on taking the XKO-002 test this month...
Thanks, Micro.

It's funny how you answered because I have been an IT Consultant for over 10 years and have been too busy (and perhaps too cheap) to get my MCSE or any other cert. If I were to do things differently. I would also choose another profession apart from IT. Nothing against it! I enjoy it but I wish I had worked for a different degree (rather than my boring BBA-Marketing back in 1980).

As for the orginal question concerning TestOut as a study Aide... thanks for your response. I'm also using Sybex Linux+ third Edition. I hope to cert in Linux in about a week or two. I'll see you on the other side.


cbalkcom 07-23-2007 10:50 AM

the CompTIA Linux+ exam (XK0-002)
"I'm prepping for the XKO-002 Linux + test. I feel I'm ready but have a few points I would ask clarification on. There seems to be several different Linux Certs out there just for Linux + (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, etc). Could someone confirm that the XKO-002 is an entry level Linux + Certification?"

I'm with CompTIA and can confirm that CompTIA Linux+ is an entry level exam (6-12 months experience with Linux recommended). The exam is often taken by people who are in Windows network administration who have received enough inquiries by colleagues about Linux, that the need for study/training in Linux becomes needed.
Best of luck.

mjbuono 07-23-2007 11:20 AM

Thanks cbalkcom!

I'm assuming the test is straight forward, multiple choice with no surprises. Thanks again!

Micro420 07-30-2007 02:59 AM

Maybe this has been answered, but which is more sought out: CompTIA Linux+, RHCE, Novell, or the LPIC Certification? I am almost done with MCSE and have to figure out my next certification, and I want to go the LInux route. Just not sure which has more weight. I'm leaning towards RHCE because a lot of government and businesses use them, just like Microsoft Windows.

coolb 08-02-2007 08:30 AM

I can officially add CompTIA's Linux+ to my list of certifications :)

tommyboy911 07-19-2010 01:50 PM

Comptia Linux + Exam code: XK0-002
Hi Folks,

I am uncertain if anyone can help me with this issue. I have used GUI based distros for a while but I am very inexperienced with the CLI apart from simple pwd, ls -la, cat type commands.

I have a Comptia Network+ and Comptia A+ which, according to the Comptia website are pre-requeistites for the exam. However, it also states that you should have been using Linux for 6 to 12 months prior to sitting the exam. The issue is further compounded by the imminent change to the exam in October this year when it will be split into two parts.

So my question is : given my experience is it realistic to think I can pass the exam before the two-part certification date?

I can study a few hours every night and around 6 hours each weekend. I have a laptop (running Mint 8.0) on which I can install one of the distributions listed in the Comptia site and a desktop (running Sabayon) on which I can install another of the distributions listed. I can use them to test Samba and dual boot or triple boot with Windows. I will also purchase Linux certification in a nutshell and CompTIA Linux+ Study Guide.

Any advice from anyone who has passed the exam would be very much appreciated.



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