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RHCE2B.COM: Interview with Tom Allred, a MCSE who recently got his RHCE Certification

Sep 05, 2000, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Tom Allred is currently the Information Systems Director at a multi-state trucking company called RWBT, INC. He has an MCSE certification, and recently earned an RHCE certification. He was a Zoology major at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is 2 classes short of a Zoology degree. He has been a computer operator at a hospital in 1980, a manager of a Byte Shop, and the Founding President of the Triad Apple Core user group. From 1981-1984, he wrote a variety of vertical packages using BASIC on the Durango platform. From 1984-1992, he wrote a variety of vertical packages using Informix databases on Xenix/Unix platforms."

"Randy: Why did you decide to go for an RHCE certification?

Tom: Our company has needs that I felt would be best met with Linux so I thought getting certified would be the quickest way to get the knowledge I needed to make that happen."

"Randy: Do you think as Windows 2000 becomes more prevalent that companies such as the one you work for will ever replace their Linux machines with Windows 2000 machines? Or do you think it's more likely that more companies will move some of their servers to Linux?

Tom: The latter, I think. Not only are we using Linux for new needs that come up, I'll be looking to use it to reduce the number of existing NT servers we have running. Linux has multiple advantages over Windows, not the least of which is lower cost and less complexity. Where Linux offers the ability to customize solutions for different needs, Microsoft has one answer (W2K for servers, Win98 for clients) for every problem."

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