[BALU] Linux Proficiency

Jim Vines jgoodguy at gmail.com
Fri Dec 19 07:15:31 CST 2008

Some comments about IT certs.

Just how many IT certs are in date 2 years later.
Just how many certs in other professions are in date 10 years later?
Yet training in those certs, say CPA, cost about the same as a Linux cert. 

One of the things about the IT 'profession' is how few actually retire 
from it vs how many retire from other professions. 


Michael Ramm wrote:
> I am not a goals kind of guy, but I have decided that in 2009, I would
> like to become proficient in the Linux operating system.
> What exactly does that mean? I am not really sure, and that is why I
> bring the question to the lists.
> I have been using Linux full time on my work laptop since late 2007. So
> I am at about 1 year of using Linux everyday. I am light years ahead of
> where I was when I decided to move to Ubuntu. I have stayed with Ubuntu
> on my work laptop, but my desktops at home have seen Ubuntu, Crunchbang
> [1] and Arch Linux on them. I have settled on Crunchbang 8.10 for my
> desktop, and possibly my next work laptop.
> When I first started thinking of metrics that I can use to measure
> proficiency, I thought of some sort of Linux certification. There are
> two Linux certifications that I found. CompTIA Linux+[2] and Linux
> Professional Institute [3] has a three level certification program as
> well. I am thinking that I would not get the actual certification, but
> instead just pass some of the practice tests. I have heard from a
> twitter friend who is also a Linux trainer that both of those certs are
> out of date.
> What are your thoughts on metrics for Linux proficiency? What can I use
> to gauge my progress through this trek?
> Thanks for your help.
> Michael
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