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10 important Linux developments everyone should know about

Dec 20, 2009, 23:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"1. Linux Professional Institute certification

"In 2000, LPI announced the availability of test 1a, the first exam in its new Linux administrator certification program, a program that now consists of seven tests across three certification levels. developerWorks published its first series of LPI exam-prep tutorials by Daniel Robbins in 2002, and we've kept up with it ever since.

"Why it matters: You can argue about the value of certifications, but the fact that employers were looking for a consistent measure of Linux expertise was one of many signs that Linux had arrived.

"What we've written about it:

" * LPI exam prep tutorials
* Roadmap for LPIC-1

"2. Samba

"Andrew Tridgell's Samba on Linux predates developerWorks by a good five or six years, but his implementation of Microsoft's Server Message Block (SMB) protocol is such an important component of mixed networks everywhere that we really didn't feel right not including it here.

"Why it matters: In many companies, Linux snuck in as a Web server, firewall, e-mail server, or other specialized appliance. Why not try hiding in plain sight as a Windows® file and print server? Linux plays well with others, and this is proof.

"What we've written about it:

" * "Interview with Andrew Tridgell: Taking Samba beyond POSIX"
* "Common threads: Samba domain controller support"
* "Common threads: Inside Samba 2.2"
* "Linux-powered networking, Part 3: Integrate Linux and Windows with Samba"

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