I like Ubuntu

Chad Perrin perrin at apotheon.com
Sat Apr 14 20:31:02 UTC 2007

On Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 04:15:43PM -0400, Parv wrote:
> in message <1176551927.6799.9.camel at FreeBSD.localhost>,
> wrote Paul Butler thusly...
> >
> > If, however, heart-stopping speed appeals to you, you want
> > intelligently planned technology with the latest stable
> > applications, you are operating web servers, or you just plain
> > want to get expertise in real Unix then there is nothing like
> > FreeBSD.
> > 
> > Merely by living with FreeBSD for a year or two on your desktop or
> > laptop, you will really deepen your understanding of unix-derived
> > systems in a way which is not possible with Linux.  This may be
> > very helpful if you either have or contemplate a career in IT.
> I note that Paul mentioned "IT" not a "Unix System Administration".
> So consider the following as my rant.
> There seems to be no entity which offers *entry level* Unix System
> Administration position to those not already living in immediate
> surrounding area (even if one is willing to relocate (at one's own
> expense)).  And "Junior" positions require near 3 years of Unix or
> Linux *paid* experience.
> In my experience, the Unix knowledge & experience gained by using
> FreeBSD (despite the number of years using it) on a machine
> connected to Internet  -- but not actively taking part in LAN-y
> things like internal DNS, file- and backup/restore server,
> heterogeneous computing environment, etc. -- can help only for
> non-system administration positions.

If by "help" you mean "help you get hired", I agree -- unfortunately.

Speaking in terms of skills, on the other hand, I have to disagree.  For
instance, my first year of using Debian as my primary desktop OS made me
a far better MS Windows admin than I ever had been before, despite my
certifications, education, and experience with MS Windows networks prior
to that point.  I suppose that learning more OSes can make one a far
better admin in the OSes one already knew, in a manner similar to the
way learning Haskell, Lisp, or Smalltalk can make one a better C, Java,
or Perl programmer.

CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ http://ccd.apotheon.org ]
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