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    Going to school for Linux - need help


    So I have been interested in Linux for quite some time, however I have never used Linux for anything other than personal reasons. The most I can do with Linux is install it and use it, just as I would Windows. I would like to learn how to explore Linux past the GUI. I'm preparing to go to college for Linux, I plan on getting a 12 credit-hour certificate of completion to become a "Linux professional", it's all my time and money can afford. I do not plan on making a career out of this, however it could at the very least open some doors. I would really appreciate it if some of you could review course, and make suggestions as to which electives I should take. Also, is there any literature I should review before taking the course, and if so what?

    Thanks for your time!

    The course application is in the zip file, I tried posting a link to it but apparently I need to make 15 posts before I can do so.
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    Hi there. That is a zip file with a .doc inside it that you've posted. Forgive me for getting a bit twitchy, but I really don't want to open it here at work when I'm running a non-Linux operating system.

    Can you point us to the course website? You don't need to post a link to do that, you know, just the words will do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatOneGuy View Post
    So I have been interested in Linux for quite some time, however I have never used Linux for anything other than personal reasons. The most I can do with Linux is install it and use it, just as I would Windows. I would like to learn how to explore Linux past the GUI. I'm preparing to go to college for Linux, I plan on getting a 12 credit-hour certificate of completion to become a "Linux professional", it's all my time and money can afford. I do not plan on making a career out of this, however it could at the very least open some doors. I would really appreciate it if some of you could review course, and make suggestions as to which electives I should take. Also, is there any literature I should review before taking the course, and if so what?

    Thanks for your time!

    The course application is in the zip file, I tried posting a link to it but apparently I need to make 15 posts before I can do so.
    If you're going to college in the USA, as long as you can read at a 5th grade level, you'll do fine.

    If you want to do some studying, check out an LPIC study guide book from your local library. It will cover lots of good information for beginners.

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    Honestly, the Linux+ certification will give you just about as much clout as that 12hr certification you are getting, and it may or may not cost less. If you want to learn linux, I would suggest installing and using Gentoo Linux, or LFS. That way, you can learn the ins and outs because those distros make you set it up from scratch. Red Hat will give you a gui for everything, and that is fine, if you just want to point and click. Most linux tests or certifications are going you take you the Red Hat way. I prefer the Gentoo or LFS way.

    If you get stuck without X, doing it the Red Hat way won't help at all. And you will get stuck without X especially if you are working on a server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gruven View Post
    Honestly, the Linux+ certification will give you just about as much clout as that 12hr certification you are getting, and it may or may not cost less. If you want to learn linux, I would suggest installing and using Gentoo Linux, or LFS. That way, you can learn the ins and outs because those distros make you set it up from scratch. Red Hat will give you a gui for everything, and that is fine, if you just want to point and click. Most linux tests or certifications are going you take you the Red Hat way. I prefer the Gentoo or LFS way.

    If you get stuck without X, doing it the Red Hat way won't help at all. And you will get stuck without X especially if you are working on a server.
    Most RHEL servers I have encountered are not running a GUI.

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    I've been considering going for a cert as well.
    So adding to what gruven said, you may want to also get familiar with Slackware. Being ready to handle a tarball for software installation will be handy no matter what distro you use.
    And yes... I am more than aware that Slack doesn't always rely on tar installs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzle View Post
    Most RHEL servers I have encountered are not running a GUI.
    Yes, as most I have as well, but the tests for the different certs won't test you for the cli unless you go for a RHCE. The Linux+ test was more of a joke because all they wanted to know was about the Red Hat gui configs or the Debian gui configs. About the only thing I had to know for cli was maybe ifconfig or maybe some of the service stuff. My point was that these classes do not prepare you for real world administration.

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    Go to www[.]estrellamountain[.]edu
    Click on "Areas of study"
    Click "View by A-Z listing"
    Click "Linux Networking Administration"
    Click "Linux Professional" located on the right side of the screen under "CHECKSHEETS"
    Download and open the document

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    Thank you for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gruven View Post
    Honestly, the Linux+ certification will give you just about as much clout as that 12hr certification you are getting, and it may or may not cost less. If you want to learn linux, I would suggest installing and using Gentoo Linux, or LFS. That way, you can learn the ins and outs because those distros make you set it up from scratch. Red Hat will give you a gui for everything, and that is fine, if you just want to point and click. Most linux tests or certifications are going you take you the Red Hat way. I prefer the Gentoo or LFS way.

    If you get stuck without X, doing it the Red Hat way won't help at all. And you will get stuck without X especially if you are working on a server.
    Thank you for the advice. I have thought about doing Gentoo and LFS however I was extremely confused and I don't have a test computer yet, but I do plan on using Gentoo and LFS in the near future.

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