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Specifically what industry-recognised training courses are good ones to do? preferably night-classes.
if yes I'm sure your employer will specify the qualification whether its red hat or whatever flavour they use.
If this is just you wantign a linux qual I'd reckon you;d be better off lookign for qualifications in either network admin/database etc and instead of just learning one environment
and what is most valuable to learn?
as count zero said it'll largely depend on where you work however a cursory browse on cwjobs suggests Red Hat is pretty high in demand.
I find most IT training pretty poor value for money.
Probably the best thing to do is grab the approprate books, install linux on a PC and get cracking.
typing without looking..
erm it's more imortant imo get experience in specific fields like networking etc instead of just learning an environment. You don't need to be an expert in a particular operating system..just the principles behind the tasks you want to complete
All the servers that we set up as new installs in work are redhat so it was needed really. It didn't lead to a qualification as such, but I think you can use it as credits towards a btec or whatever, or even as credits in a degree.
It was at Learning Tree, right next to Euston Station. 4 days, 9-5 pretty much. All paid for by work, I think it was a few thousand...
it's great when someone else is paying but do you REALLY think it was worth whatever work paid?
Not a chance. Especially as there was an introduction, an intermediate and an advanced course. You are looking at 10 grand then. A lot of it was just following worksheets and exercises (with an expert on hand of course) anyway. The place itself was excellent though.
If you want something that's less vendor-specific, have a look at the Linux Professional Institute (http://www.lpi.org/).
i.e. at a level where you would be asked for qualifications is the sort of job where one of their sysadmins would come and grill you and give you a test.
At that point you're really (as with all such techie interviews) at the mercy of their own idiosyncratic ideas about what is right and wrong, regardless of whether it's actually the 'best' way of doing things.
But the bottom line is that if you've just done a 2 week course you'll be blown out of the water in about two minutes by a BOFH (if you have to look it up then you're already doing badly on the Linux front) who'll be pissed off enough that they had to waste 60 mins of their time interviewing someone else, no doubt.
If you really want to learn some linux shit then get yourself a PC box, wipe out Windows, install a flavour of Linux (RedHat is well thought of) and try to make the fucker work. And I assure you that will give you a good idea of what you need to do. Make this machine your ONLY machine. As in the only reason you should use any other device is to access the web to ask a question about how to fix your Linux machine you've just stuffed up for the sixth time in a row with you lack of understanding.
who learned their trade from a cd pack called 'Ali Baba' designed by the head of some IT dept at London Transport.
He advertised it to unemplyed people.
It had windows NT 4 and Suse and loads of pirated MCSE stuff. You had to pick up the cd from the guy himself and he gave you a PC if you couldn't afford one.
I pretended to be unemployed when I was a student and got a pack from him. I didn;t do much with it but I know others without degrees in really cushy jobs just from this pack.
Anyway in a nutshell you don't need to spend cash on a course for employers to realise you know shit