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|Originally Published: Tuesday, 8 February 2000||Author: Jobs Staff|
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How to start with Linux? Should I consider taking a class to learn it?
Dear Jobs Staff, I'm an MCSE (bad word, I know...) who has recently "seen the light"! I've grown tired of Microsoft and want/need to learn something I actually believe in. Problem is, I don't know where to start.
I'm an MCSE (bad word, I know...) who has recently "seen the light"! I've grown tired of Microsoft and want/need to learn something I actually believe in. Problem is, I don't know where to start.
I just read your article on Linux.com (Linux Jobs Skills), and the questions you've listed are similar to the ones I have:
> 1- Can I really make a decent living from a free OS? > 2- Who is using, hence, hiring people with Linux skills? > 3- Do I have to grow a beard and learn to hack -- What do I really need to know? > 4- I've heard about some sort of Redhat certification -- is this a good idea, and what other certification programs are out there? > 5- Which distribution should I specialize in? > 6- Ok, I've spent 8 months learning this stuff, taken the tests, & researched the job market; now what?
Mainly #3. I've got a copy of Red Hat 6.1 and a book on mastering Linux. I'm going to install and try to work my way through it, but I'm not sure if that's the best way to go. None of my buddies have any Linux experience, so I've only got the 'net as my tutor. Should I consider taking a class to learn it?
Basically, I'm just looking for advice. Anything would be helpful.
The one thing I've learned about acquiring linux skills is that there is no one way to do it. From personal experience we can tell you that the Internet has all of the necessary resources you should ever need to learn the basic skills.
With RedHat, you've picked a pretty standard distro which has a great deal of indivual support (news groups, learning sites, and LUGs). Here are some things to consider:
1. If you have one computer with a dial-up connection to the net, then you may want to dual boot (Windows and Linux sharing the hard drive on different partitions) so that you can get back onto the net until you've figured out how to get onto the net with your modem in Linux. 2. If you have two computers, then you may want to have both running so that you can get on the net with the Windows box and learn on the Linux box. 3. Linux is command-line driven. Yes, there are many X-Window packages and managers out there and some are as easy to use and much more sophisticated than windows. However, the power is still at the command line. Hence, I would suggest learning the basics of linux without an X-Window interface sometime early in your experience. Why?