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Old 02-29-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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Which distro for possible linux admin career?


I'm at an important crossroads in my life where I need to choose proper direction. I began using Slackware 3.4 when I was only 13 years old. Since, I have used Slackware and Gentoo distros. I have experience on others, but I am not nearly as efficient with anything else.

Common sense tells me that if I went into the job field, I would be looking at working with Redhat most likely. I have little experience with the Redhat package manager and whatnot.

I haven't used Linux in around a year now, and I am looking to tidy back up. What would be the best choice as far as distribution goes for wanting to make a career out of it? Centos? Redhat? Fedora? I'm open to all suggestions, opinions, and comments. Thanks.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 10:34 AM   #2
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Truely i will suggest you try at least Debian Redhat bsd
why because for me debian is and ubuntu are the same basic diff debian is more of the serevr side and unubtu is a user side
redhat and fedora same thing i really i feel people use redhat because of the support and the enterprise stuff
but bsd is the most secure to me so if you can get your hands on them you should be fine
but this is from my point of view
 
Old 02-29-2008, 10:38 AM   #3
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Truely i will suggest you try at least Debian Redhat bsd
why because for me debian is and ubuntu are the same basic diff debian is more of the serevr side and unubtu is a user side
redhat and fedora same thing i really i feel people use redhat because of the support and the enterprise stuff
but bsd is the most secure to me so if you can get your hands on them you should be fine
but this is from my point of view
I'm looking for all the insight I can get. I have toyed with FreeBSD in the past. I have also been on a Debian system a time or two. I do believe Redhat is because of the official support, as you mentioned.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 11:54 AM   #4
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CEntOS - is a free version of RHEL Great for learning on..
OpenSuse - would be a decent substitute for SLES
Debian -

Those are the two big commercial Linux flavors, and the base of all the distros that use .deb packages. .

elpicx - is a Live DVD that has both Centos and Knoppix on it as well as practice questions for the LPIC certification.

LPIC certification covers both RPM and .deb based Distros..

Studying for the LPIC certification whether you take the exam or not, should sharpen you up on the various flavors of Linux..

http://www.lpi.org/lpi/english/certi...e_lpic_program - LPIC home
http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/lpi/101.html - Free study materials
 
Old 02-29-2008, 01:13 PM   #5
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Different perspective:

To have a career in computers, I would think that the emphasis should be on knowing where to find things. No one can remember all the minutiae that goes with one OS---much less 100+ flavors of same.

Take an absurdly simple example: If you know how to set up xorg.conf, or how Gnome and KDE manage menus, then you don't need to know how these are done on every distro. Similar examples for networking, wireless, package management, etc.

I would start out as generic as possible--then if you see jobs that want ---eg---RHCE, then go get that particular piece of paper. But don't go to employers with a bunch of certificates with no substance behind them---that will derail you in the long run. If I were interviewing purported computer whizzes, I would ignore all the certificates. I would ask them to configure (or fix) a computer. Equally important, I would ask questions about their broader interests, and why they were in this trade.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 01:53 PM   #6
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My background, like yours, was in Slackware for years and years before I ever landed a job as a SysAdmin. In prepping for the position my current bosses (then future bosses) recommended that I get familiar with Red Hat and BSD, as those were the two biggest percentage distros in the company. While I still prefer Slackware for most all tasks, I've found that learning CentOS/RedHat has been very valuable, and knowing enough BSD to get by hasn't hurt. I doubt I'll ever go for the RHCE certs, but as others have said, learn how to use the OS, and the flavors are just that -- flavor

And, as you know, Slack has always been great at teaching people how to use linux.
 
Old 02-29-2008, 08:11 PM   #7
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My background, like yours, was in Slackware for years and years before I ever landed a job as a SysAdmin. In prepping for the position my current bosses (then future bosses) recommended that I get familiar with Red Hat and BSD, as those were the two biggest percentage distros in the company. While I still prefer Slackware for most all tasks, I've found that learning CentOS/RedHat has been very valuable, and knowing enough BSD to get by hasn't hurt. I doubt I'll ever go for the RHCE certs, but as others have said, learn how to use the OS, and the flavors are just that -- flavor

And, as you know, Slack has always been great at teaching people how to use linux.
Slackware MADE me learn how to do the technical stuff. I understand that I have to learn to use RPM files more efficiently though.

Thanks for the responses, everyone!
 
Old 03-02-2008, 12:49 AM   #8
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I would advice you Debian or Fedora
Fedora is highly secured, when you play with it.

Debian has huge repositories and is a rock, stable, and very trusted by companies too for server.

No other good distros in my sight. personal point.
(I would Debian.)
 
Old 03-02-2008, 05:11 AM   #9
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You certainly can't ignore Red Hat. Maybe Novell/SLED although they have traditionally been better represented in Europe than in the US. I think what you should definitely look into are Selinux (Red Hat/ CentOS /Fedora) and Armor (Novell). I bet you're going to have a lot of fun with those, especially Selinux .
 
Old 03-02-2008, 11:50 AM   #10
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Yep, Slackware taught me how to be a good SysAdmin the following are used in my workplace..
CentOS
Debian
BSD

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