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NewsFactor: Is Linux Certification Worth It?

Feb 12, 2003, 13:00 (8 Talkback[s])
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Just a few years ago, when Linux was still a dirty little secret in the back server closet, certification did not exist. Any employer seeking an admin with Linux experience had to wade through scads of would-be applicants who thought that installing Linux on their home PC made them qualified.

"Lack of certification is no longer a problem, although making a decision may be. Whereas Microsoft, Cisco Systems and other companies provide definitive certifications for their products, Linux certification is much like Linux itself: decentralized and arguably fragmented. Right now, there are several competing Linux certifications on the market. Two of the most well known are the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Linux Professional Institute (LPI) credentials.

"Which one should an up-and-coming Linux guru choose to prove his or her knowledge--and increase the chances of landing a job in this difficult market...?"

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