[lug] FS: O'Reilly "LPIC In A Nutshell"

Nate Duehr nate at natetech.com
Tue May 11 23:13:16 MDT 2010

On May 11, 2010, at 12:12 PM, Crawford Rainwater wrote:

> This book is focused on the LPIC-1, not the LPIC-2 material for reference.  The material is still good overall, even if some of the exams were updated/changed I will admit.  One would have to compare with the current exam objectives a tad of course via LPI's web site, but then most doing Open Source based work tend to RTFM and Google things a bit. ;-)

Understand.  LPI-1 is pretty basic, and doesn't change all that much. They should make a good reference for someone, then.  Didn't mean to de-rail any possible sales, really.  Just was wondering aloud about new materials for LPI-2, really now that I think about it.  

Both LPI's have a significant amount of memorization of paths to things that are in "RedHat specific" places, that might be in a completely different location on other Linux's... but it's hard to test on how to do a "find" for the filename, cd there, and edit it "wherever it lives", which is what happens in the real-world if you're presented with a distro you haven't seen before.  (The first time I sat down at a Slackware box, I cussed it for a few minutes while I hunted down the network configuration... all the guy was looking for help on was changing his static IP address... took me 10 minutes, which to me felt like an eternity of pissed-off "what the hell?" and to him was a "brilliant" Linux guy helping him out with this embedded Slackware box someone sold him.  Hahaha... different perspectives.

> My apologies for the delay in responding since I do get this list in Digest Format as well.

No problem. I'm not one of those "must answer 5 seconds after I hit send on an e-mail" types like some people have become.  

Not to get too far off on a tangent here, but the group is full of smart folks who I think would have interesting comments on this: 

I see a lot of people apologizing about not answering e-mail for a few days... I find this trend in our society both worrisome and fascinating at the same time.  E-mail wasn't intended to be real-time communication, it was designed to be STORE and Forward for reason... stuff that did NOT require a phone call.... back in the day.

Now it's the way people think they get FASTER attention than a phone call... we've put so many gauntlets of "press 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 to reach a live person" up on the phones that e-mail truly is faster... even when the headers show the mail was routed by some crazy IT scheme through four States and lower Slobovia to reach your desk.

Interesting, isn't it?  Fiber optics and the Internet changing the world in subtle ways you don't notice until you miss the old way.  :-)

My dad has a fun way of dealing with it, but he's semi-retired... "I didn't get your e-mail."  "Oh, I'll resend it." "No, I didn't get it because I haven't opened e-mail in three days, but since it was important enough for you to call, why don't you just tell me what it is that you need again?"

LOL!  I can only *dream* about being able to say that!  My generation isn't "allowed" to do that.  His still is.  Fascinating.

Nate Duehr
nate at natetech.com


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