[lug] Learnin Linux on yer own..... my own little RFC!!!

PC Drew drewpc at colorado.edu
Sat Apr 8 18:27:27 MDT 2000

Learn system and network administration.  With those two skills,
you'll always be able to find a job.  As for which systems: learn
Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, *BSD, AIX (are you getting the idea?)...in
other words, try to get as much experience all across the board as you
can.  As for network administration: learn the basics of routing,
ethernet, tcp/ip, DNS, DHCP, and in general how the Internet works.
When you learn this, you'll be able to diagnose problems a lot better,
even on the small scale.

To get practice, I'd recommend setting up a network of computers in
your home.  Get a top level domain name (i.e. *.com) and go from
there.  Setup Apache to serve your pages, Qmail to do mail, get DSL or
ISDN to be your internet connection (that usually provides DHCP and
NAT), setup either filters on your router or setup a machine to be a
firewall.  Will you run into problems?  Of course!  But if you don't
run into them, you won't grow your knowledge base!

Some websites I'd recommend reading:

Sys admin: http://www.stokely.com/ (mainly Solaris stuff, but very
Networks: http://www.cisco.com/univercd/home/home.htm (lots of info on

Every UNIX guru should either have a copy or have read Evi Nemeth's
book: UNIX System Administration Handbook, ISBN: 0131510517
The 3rd edition will be out in June, ISBN: 0130206016

PC Drew

Thus spake John Starkey on Saturday, April 08, 2000, 4:22:59 PM:

JS> An idea for the group. 

JS> How about some of you who are working in the fields, any as long as it's
JS> linux or unix based computing, recommending the skills that you think us
JS> wannabe's should work on obtaining in order to enter at say $35 - 40k/yr., 
JS> which I've heard is definately possible.

JS> Like as I've stated I wanna work on getting into the field in the next
JS> year and I gotta teach myself for the most part. So what would you
JS> guy/gals recommend I learn. If I had to work next to you on a project what
JS> skills (in terms of languages and getting around the system) would you
JS> want to see.

JS> I've heard Python, Perl, and C++......

JS> Anyone?????

JS> John

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