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Old 06-25-2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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LPI or Linux+ ... which is THE "industry standard"

First question: I have to throw my hat in with one or the other. What do people think is the best way to go for certification?

Second question: What is your favorite/best distro-neutral book(s) on Linux?
Old 06-27-2005, 02:28 AM   #2
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Both LPI and Linux+ are industry standards. LPI however seems to go into greater depth if you take both the Level 1 and 2 certifications. As for non distro specific books, I have never seen one. Most books I have read or seen in the bookshops focus on one or two distros.
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Try any of the free online manual's first. RPM distro's are all basically the same, as is all debian based, etc..., they all have there own way of doing the samething, almost all commands are the same though.
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About a year ago or so/less, I saw an in-depth review (based on US companies) of various certs in various areas.
Cicso certs ranged top of the list in terms of generated salary and job expectations.

Of the various Linux certs, RH, and I think suse, ranged highest (and above MCSE).
LPI came second, with Linux+ and SAIR third at roughly even score, IMMSMR.

Oracle and Sun certs were positioned rather high too.

Companies, when asked if they preferred certified jobseekers, generally answered they preferred someone who could deliver in the field over someone who was merely certified.
If they could have both, some would prefer the certified seeker, while others didn't care too much.

Of cause it pays to be certified, when choosing the right one(s), but not without having the nessesary experience.
Fortunately, many exams have been beefed up, making it harder to pass, which is just the way it should be.

A good place to look for testreviews and selfstudy material, is (mostly $45 - $59 per kit).
There are many good selfstudy books on the market; for instance Cybex (for Cisco, think they cover others).
Hovever, do note that to pass certs for proprietory products like MS, many I've spoken to says go for the original kits.

Often testsites have generic test Q's. Try these.
Do note that quite a lot will not pass the first examn, due to two reasons:
Stress, and not being familiar with the, sometimes seemingly wierd, ways of the questions, which can take some getting used to...
So if you fail first time, don't give up. Study some more and give a good go.

And remember a couple of important things:
If a cirtain test has 50 questions in 55 minutes, you have less than one minute per Q, leaving just about time to go back to review 2-4 of the questions, you marked - maybe!
Never leave a question unanswered; you just may not have the time to go back, and if you -think- you have the time, you'll still have to re-read the question.
Stress stress stress!

"There are 10 kinds of people. Those who count in binary and those who don't"

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