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Old 09-12-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Red hat vs LPI

i am currently reading Aghori's RHCSA/RHCE study book to eventually take a shot at the EX200 exam, however i was bummed when i found out it costs 400 bucks and can only be taken in Manhattan(based on my area). So i went to the comptia site knowing that there is a Linux+ and found out its part of this LPI certification that is supposedly gaining popularity. The only benefit i can see of LPI over RH is that LPI is not 'vendor specific' but i would think most businesses would be using RH anyway. Also i have A+, N+, and Sec+ from comptia so if Linux+ counts towards Continuing Education that would be a plus.

any thoughts or advice from ppl who have one or both?

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Old 09-12-2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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LPI is gaining popularity, however right now RHC* is definitely looked at as more desirable. That said, I really would like to get my LPIC 1, 2, and 3.
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Whether or not to go with LPI or Red Hat (or Novell/SUSE or whatever other Linux certification source) depends on whether you just want to be certified in a specific Linux distro or want to be certified for Linux in general. A Red Hat certification will target Red Hat (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, perhaps Oracle Linux). An LPI certification will target a generic platform, giving you skills applicable to most modern distros.

If all you ever plan on working with is RHEL-based systems, then yeah, go with the Red Hat certs. Else, you should probably look into LPIC. Personally, I'd start with LPIC either way, since it's probably easier to go LPI->RH than RH->LPI (it's like building a house; it's nonsensical to build the roof before the walls and foundation).

At least that's the approach I'm taking; your own mileage may vary based on your own needs.
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If you want this to help you get a job, check the job ads/agencies and see which is more commonly specified; my bet is RH* ...


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