1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Linux or Microsoft?

Discussion in 'Linux+' started by bradwmetal, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. bradwmetal

    bradwmetal Bit Poster

    26
    0
    24
    Is there any value to pursuing Linux+? I would like to look at getting some Microsoft and Linux out of they way at the same time I pursue work. Is there any reason to get both, or should I go a different direction?
     
    Certifications: CCNA,CCENT, A+, Security +
    WIP: Linux? Microsoft?
  2. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    5,239
    211
    236
    There is value is pursuing most things, depending on your interests.
    It depends on what you work with, have experience with and want to work with in the future.
    Just don't fall into the trap of asking which one is most likely to get you a job or make you rich.

    Linux+ is just one cert, so you choose to do it or not. MS on the other hand offers a vast array of certifications which will be a lot harder to get your teeth into.
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  3. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    5,239
    211
    236
    Oh, and if anyone replies with 'sheep, LOL', I'm reporting your post.
    Racially offensive, that is.

    :dry



    :biggrin
     
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  4. Apexes

    Apexes Gigabyte Poster

    1,053
    78
    141
    As Jonny said, going for a sheep, er... Linux cert is only one cert, and microsoft do cack loads - it won't necesarily certify you in creating linux mail servers, hosting applications, etc etc - in fact i'm not entirely sure what it does cover, but i dont imagine it'd be everything that you'd need in a work enviornment, only the basics.

    If you are planning on going into working with linux, still a good one to get none the less
     
    Certifications: 70-243 MCTS: ConfigMgr 2012 | MCSE: Private Cloud
  5. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    114
    1
    32
    whats wrong with sheep? :biggrin
     
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  6. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    114
    1
    32

    There are higher certs ie. LPIC-2 and 3

    LPIC-1 (same as Linux+ now I think?) is not an easy cert but does cover more the basics. Mail server etc.. I cant remember I havent done the Cert yet but got the material, you may do some Sendmail IIRC which is a type of Mail server service/daemon etc.
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  7. Apexes

    Apexes Gigabyte Poster

    1,053
    78
    141
    Ah, wasn't aware of that, i stand corrected :)
     
    Certifications: 70-243 MCTS: ConfigMgr 2012 | MCSE: Private Cloud
  8. mcrilly

    mcrilly Byte Poster

    108
    1
    46
    From what I've read in recent days, this is correct.

    The Linux certifications available, which aren't as numerous as Microsoft certifications, are designed to teach you about the operating systems and the parts that make it work, such as the kernel and compiling it and modules for it; installing new hardware; debugging malfunctioning hardware; installing packages and removing packages using the native package manager (if applicable); and various other operating system specific things. A certification will not likely, for example, teach you how-to make Debian authenticate against an LDAP server. Understanding how to install a mail server or a web server on Linux comes simply with experience and experimentation - you pick up these applications, read the manual, install them and go from there.

    Microsoft offer a huge range of certifications to cover all of their technologies. So you can get a certificate in Windows Server 2008, and nothing else or you can couple it with a certificate in Microsoft Exchange. Microsoft offer a certificate for each of their technologies, allowing you to specialise quite specifically.

    With regards to which is more lucrative. Well neither is more lucrative than the other because a job either wants a Linux administrator or a Microsoft administrator (or both), so each certification and their cousins hold different weights based on the job you're applying for.

    Sadly the entire question is ambiguous because of the broad nature of each subject, and the multitude of variables to consider when going for jobs.
     
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
    Certifications: CCENT
    WIP: CCNA, RHCE, & VCP
    Bluerinse likes this.
  9. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    114
    1
    32
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  10. mcrilly

    mcrilly Byte Poster

    108
    1
    46
    The Linux+ is now "Linux+ Power by LPI". When you get your Linux+, you can apply for your LPIC-1 as well. I think this means, in short, that the Linux+ syllabus is based on the LPIC-1 syllabus now.
     
    Certifications: CCENT
    WIP: CCNA, RHCE, & VCP
  11. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    114
    1
    32
    Yeh I agree, you learn the framework of tools and you can then create what you need. Very diverse operating system but harder to do as result of it being a lower level approach. I personally prefer Linux approach but realise you can a lot with the MS stuff and there is plenty of jobs out there for that, so ideally cover both and dig as deep as I need to depending on whats required.
     
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  12. mcrilly

    mcrilly Byte Poster

    108
    1
    46
    The sad truth is Microsoft's offerings are almost plug & play. That's not to say they're simple and anyone can get them in place and working, they do require skill and experience, but they're very polished and shiny solutions. Linux on the other hand is a rough diamond that needs to be cleaned, polished and seated correctly to make it work. These processes generally require more time and skill to get right but the results are a lot cheaper, more flexible and, once implemented, also allows a better expansion in the future.
     
    Certifications: CCENT
    WIP: CCNA, RHCE, & VCP
  13. DryPlate

    DryPlate Nibble Poster

    68
    5
    22
    Some Linux providers like Red Hat also provide different certifications if you're looking to back up your experience.
     
    Certifications: CompTIA A+, MCDST, Apple Certified Associate
    WIP: CompTIA Network+, MCITP: EDST 7
  14. bradwmetal

    bradwmetal Bit Poster

    26
    0
    24
    And what, My friend is wrong with a sheep or two??? ...... ummmm uhhhh never mind ..... hehehehe
     
    Certifications: CCNA,CCENT, A+, Security +
    WIP: Linux? Microsoft?
  15. bradwmetal

    bradwmetal Bit Poster

    26
    0
    24
    Sheepluv,
    Is that an Amiga 500 in your avatar?? I have one in storage .. with its huge side attached SCSI hard drive ...with a whopping storage of 50 Megabytes!
     
    Certifications: CCNA,CCENT, A+, Security +
    WIP: Linux? Microsoft?
  16. bradwmetal

    bradwmetal Bit Poster

    26
    0
    24
    Thanks for the Posts everyone. I suppose it was a very vague question though. Let me ask it this way. If one starting out in IT has a Linux+ certification ( or red hat or any in that vein) and a CCNA, is your marketability any different than a person with A CCNA and lets say for example Windows 7 and Windows server Active Directory exams( I am not sure what the proper certification title is). or are they just different niches. It does look like the Microsoft Certs are considered higher level than say a Linux+ if I understand it correctly. I may have time for neither before I find work, but I want to make productive use of my time as I look for work. I feel I must go ahead and get the CCNA as soon as I can though .. For now I can study all day and apply for jobs at the same time until the savings run dry.
    Thanks,
    Brad
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2011
    Certifications: CCNA,CCENT, A+, Security +
    WIP: Linux? Microsoft?
  17. bradwmetal

    bradwmetal Bit Poster

    26
    0
    24
    I think if I understand it correctly, the Linux+ is now 2 exams. I could be wrong though. it looks like it matches the LPIC1 now that Comptia has partnered with LPI.
     
    Certifications: CCNA,CCENT, A+, Security +
    WIP: Linux? Microsoft?
  18. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    114
    1
    32
    Aahh those were the days :) Never did get a HD for mine :(

    Depends on what jobs are around, probably more m$ jobs about. I got a mix of servers here (because I could setup whatever I wanted to). Ideally do both if you can, and concentrate on one if you need it at work or something

    Yeh LPIC 1 is 2 exams. I was looking at the newer content in the Linux+ book on amazon, thinking of maybe buying the newer edition if it was more upto date with exam objectives, and I noticed that the 2010 Linux+ book is exactly the same contents as the LPIC 2009 book (Sybex books)!

    look ..

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/LPIC-1-Exam...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311236261&sr=1-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/CompTIA-Lin...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1311236282&sr=1-1
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646
  19. bradwmetal

    bradwmetal Bit Poster

    26
    0
    24

    I bought the newer Sybex book that you linked to(The comptia one, 2010 Publishing date). I haven't had a chance to read through it it yet, but it seems to be the same quality as most Sybex books. What little I have read isn't too dry and it does seem to be as current as you can for what is mostly a CLI that doesn't change much. It does cover both the LX0-101 and LX0-102 objectives fully though.

    I am still trying to prepare for the ICND2, so I have put any other certs on the back burner for now. I think I will go Linux for the sole reason that it interests me more than Windows. The higher learning curve is more of a challenge than pointing and clicking everything... eventually with a GUI like Windows you can get to a solution by just feeling your way through. Linux based OSes take a little more thinking to accomplish things.

    BTW that hard drive on my Amiga... I bought it used for $100 when I moved away from home after college... I thought I was the s&*t having a hard drive. now it's not even a big deal. makes you appreciate the advances more. :-)
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
    Certifications: CCNA,CCENT, A+, Security +
    WIP: Linux? Microsoft?
  20. sheepluv

    sheepluv Byte Poster

    114
    1
    32
    Yeh dont touch it until CCNA is sorted. Lots of practice on the CLI should get it in your head, I like working with Linux CLI, man pages etc. all makes sense. A lot of the deeper windows commands seem so badly documented in comparison.
    Amiga really blew my mind (and the music, wow), was awesome for the time used to go down the local Dixons and have a look then finally got my mum to get me one (I was lucky, wasnt cheap when you were in school). First game was Shadow of the beast :) All in 512k (or 1mb if you had an upgrade) Never seemed the same since, must be my age. Last PC game I ever got into was Unreal tournament (1999 edition).. anyway im going off topic ;) Check my sig mate
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2011
    Certifications: CCNA | HND | 70-646

Share This Page

Loading...