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Discussion in 'A+' started by danpluso, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. danpluso

    danpluso Bit Poster

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    Hey, the Linux area seemed pretty dead so I thought I would just post this here..

    I just finished building my dad's new computer so he gave me his old crapper HP. I currently only have a 10GB HDD in it and was wondering what Linux distribution I should use on it. Hopefully 10GB is enough to get linux and mess around with it.

    It is just for messing around with right now but I am thinking I will take the CompTIA Linux exams after I am done with my A+ (exam on Feb 1st) and Network+. So is there a main basic Linux distro that the CompTIA Linux+ covers?
     
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  2. ericrollo

    ericrollo Megabyte Poster

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    No it is generall
     
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  3. Asterix

    Asterix Megabyte Poster

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    Try Ubuntu, this is easily obtained from: http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu this is particularly easy to work with and is probably the easiest transition from Microsoft OS's

    Have fun!
     
  4. dmarsh

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    Administration in Linux is largely performed through the command line, nearly all the exam focuses on the command line and the layout of the average linux distribution.

    So yes Ubuntu is user friendly, but the user friendly aspects of Ubuntu will not help in the exam.

    I would not say the Linux+ exam is a particularly good exam.

    If you really are interested in real linux skills for the longer term look at the LPIC-1 and the LPIC does have an Ubuntu specialist exam also !

    Of course the Linux world is not as certification obsessed as the MS world.
     
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  5. danpluso

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    Thanks for the advice!!

    I currently have Ubuntu installed on VirtualBox on my main rig so I guess I will install it on my crappy HP as well. Just mess around with it and decide if I want to continue on the Linux path..

    I understand that most Linux exams are all about the command prompt. Does Ubuntu have a command prompt that I can use that will be just like the command prompt they will be talking about on the exams? I found a command prompt they call "Terminal". Is that like the command prompt the exam is about?

    I will check into LPIC-1 and LPIC. I'm not even sure if I want to go down the Linux path. I just had a spare computer I wanted to mess around with. I will most likely be taking CompTIA Network+ and after that will decide what I am after.. I'm thinking I might want to go with some CISCO certificates.

    I'm just trying to get a little taste of everything so I can better decide which path I want to take.
     
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  6. dmarsh

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    Yes Ubuntu is Linux after all so it has a Linux 'shell' or 'command prompt'.

    By default Ubuntu Linux will run with Xorg an X Windows based windowing system along with the Gnome window manager / desktop.

    For shell :-

    applications > accesiories > terminal or alt+f2 and type gnome-terminal

    You can also configure Ubuntu to launch in terminal mode without X or a window manager.

    Ciscos IOS is command line based and the new version IOS XR is based on an old real-time microkernel based operating system (QNX) which has been banging around forever, certainly since I started using PC's.

    QNX is POSIX compliant so there may be some limited overlap ! Have to ask the Cisco bod's though.
     
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  7. danpluso

    danpluso Bit Poster

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    Thanks for the help!
     
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