Originally Published: Wednesday, 8 December 1999 Author: Dionne Saunders
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Linux Employment Opportunities

As we approach the new millennium, more employers appear to be in search of some form of Linux experience. For those of us working with information technology, Linux is now becoming a sought after skill to have displayed on your resume....

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As we approach the new millennium, more employers appear to be in search of some form of Linux experience. For those of us working with information technology, Linux is now becoming a sought after skill to have displayed on your resume.

When IT managers think of operating systems, they are typically familiar with Windows 95/98 and NT. Linux is an operating system that they don't hear much about. However, there are a variety of positions that require Linux expertise. Other positions require some exposure to Linux and knowledge of various technical concepts.

As a Linux Administrator, you will need to be proficient in maintenance and installation of Linux. Basically, you have to know where to find things, make changes, set up and customize system configuration files and other similar duties. Usually distribution settings, Samba, Sendmail, firewalls and other software will be installed and configured by the Linux Administrator.

To become a Linux Consultant, a background in Linux programming, consulting and software development would be ideal. Do you know TCP/IP, Linux and C ++? If so, you could be working as a Linux System Engineer. The Linux System Engineer will be responsible for configuring and managing Linux servers. They make certain that the servers are up and operating properly at all times.

Another interesting position to consider is that of Technical Support. You can apply directly with any Linux distributor or company that uses Linux as its primary operating system. The Technical Support Engineer works on problems of moderate scope. Analysis of situation or data requires review of customer's system and software. Previous help desk experience is recommended. Also, knowledge of Linux, Unix and LAN/WAN protocols would be helpful.

Are you looking for a Linux career? There are a few good Web sites that offer interesting Linux-related jobs. LinuxToday Jobs has all sorts of job postings from many different companies. Many Linux distributors have an employment section on their Web sites. Caldera and TurboLinux have quite a selection to choose from. One of the largest distributors for Linux is Red Hat. I hope you will find these links as a good starting point towards an exciting career with Linux.

To learn more about Linux, there are many books that are available on Linux and how to use it. In addition, the Internet has a huge source of links for Linux. Also, consider going to your local software store and purchasing a distribution of the Linux operating system. Load it on your PC and become familiar with how it works. The more you know about Linux, the better prepared you will be to discuss it in an interview.

Dionne Saunders provides Technical Support for a global CRS. She enjoys learning about and working with leading-edge technology. Dionne has studied Technical Writing at Georgia State University.





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