Monday, May 19, 2008


I was struck by an odd observation this week. Desperately in need of shelf space, I began going through stacks of old books and tossing them or packing them away for storage.

Among the books on NetWare 3 — the first Novell certification I earned — I realized that there isn’t a single thing in them that would be meaningful today; they were tossed. The first Microsoft certification I earned was on Windows 95 and, similarly, those books were tossed because nothing in them has merit anymore. Same story for Cisco and many others.

Then, there was “Inside Unix.” This was a book for which I actually wrote a few chapters in 1993 and was published in 1994. As I looked through this 14-year-old text, it struck me how it still contains much of what you’d need to know to pass a Linux certification today. While Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, Oracle and so many others have updated their products to the point where the exams no longer resemble the originals, Linux — so often the darling of the cutting-edge — still measures expertise in terms of knowing how to work with tools that are just plain old.

Read the full article here: LINUX CERTS AND THE CUTTING EDGE

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