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Which path to take?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by mcrilly, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. mcrilly

    mcrilly Byte Poster

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    Evening,

    I need some advice on which path to take; Linux or MS Windows?

    I love Linux, but I also like what you can achieve through a Windows Server infrastructure as well. My main love is networking, and I'm especially interested in the Cisco line with regards to networking. At present I have work covering my CCNA for me and in the long run, I want to be a network engineer, both Cisco and perhaps another vender like Juniper.

    The only thing that is biting at me is whether or not to back this networking knowledge up with a Linux based knowledge-base, or a Windows Server based knowledge-base.

    What do you guys think is more desirable at the moment? Which of the two do you think will have greater use in the longer run? I personally think Linux will move more and more into the Enterprise market and will soon hold quite a market share, but by not taking the MS route, I am potentially cutting my self off from a lot of jobs.

    Help!
     
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  2. Shinigami

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    A large number of networking devices use Linux, or a similar OS to run the devices. At the very least, those which require command line usage will be closer to a Linux shell than the CMD Prompt of Windows.
     
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  3. ethernet0

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    Why not back it up with both? I personally run 2 boxes one with Windows 7 professional and the other with Arch Linux.

    As for being more desirable, well a quick look at IT recruitment sites will show you MS experience/Certification is beyond a shadow of a doubt more in demand than Linux. The latter is certainly growing but don't expect any rapid changes. As for the Enterprise, You will continue to see more Linux/Unix based servers but as far as Enterprise Desktop's go, again I foresee no rapid change. We know Linux now dominates the Webserver market but when we look at non-public accessible servers, Microsoft dominate the arena.

    You have to plan for the now because if you are waiting for a sharp change in market share you could be waiting forever. Windows 7 is the fastest growing OS ever and Enterprise uptake predictions are very good. So just take your time and learn both is my advice.
     
  4. karan1337

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    Linux as well as Windows have their own pros and cons. I won't be partial so i will say that u need experience of both. Most networks are server 2003 based (yeah i know supercomputers are running their own version of linux :) ) but just talking broadly.

    Also, doing both enhances your employability even further, no doubt it takes time.
     
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  5. bamboo

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    I won't mind to learn both .. :)
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    Techs who know both.
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!
  7. mcrilly

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    I think I have a workable plan.

    I'm going to study for my CCNA, then my Linux+/LPIC1 (I haven't decided which yet), then an MCITP Server 2008 Administrator. I'll do this as a Round Robin, going around improving each certificate to the next one up as I go along. So the next iteration would be a CCNP, then the LPIC2/3 and then whatever is above the MCITP, etc.

    Sound good?
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    If you have experience with all three, then yes.
     
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    WIP: Just about everything!

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