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Feb 20 2013

Linux+ Certified!

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Hooray! I passed my CompTIA Linux+ certification today. Sorry I’ve been neglecting you folks over the last little bit, but see, I’ve been studying from an old exam study guide from 2010, stolen from an acquaintance, and it’s basically eaten all my concentration since I hatched this hare-brained scheme of mine.

Last Wednesday, at about the same time as I got it in my head to finally rectify my Bachelor of Arts situation, I also bought exam vouchers for the two tests necessary to become Linux+ certified. I scheduled the tests for the soonest I could get them, then I cracked the books. And today, after melting my brainpan for a week, I am now finally a man of letters and papers and shit. I now, finally, have certifications and degrees and paperwork proving I know what I do. Well, some of it anyway. There isn’t a certification for knowing the location of every extra life in Super Mario Bros 1, sadly, or I’d be going for that next.

To celebrate my achievement, I drew a dancing turtle.

Sketch of dancing turtle - animated gif. Drawn with a Wacom tablet by a freshly-certified computer dork.

He has a top hat and a diamond tipped cane, because he gots just that much swag.

(There’s a story behind this turtle, though it’s short and kinda silly. You might hear it one day.)

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  1. 1
    Aliasalpha

    Damned hard to concentrate on the words with this dancing turtle…

    Oh, congrats too. Buy yourself something shiny to celebrate, i suggest borderlands 2

  2. 2
    Flewellyn

    What does this certification represent, in terms of level of knowledge? I ask in generalish terms, because I have a good deal of Linux (and Unix) experience myself, but no certs.

  3. 3
    Jason Thibeault

    Generally, it means competence in command-line, file systems, basic shell scripting, troubleshooting… it’s roughly A+ level of knowledge, only for Linux across several distros, instead of for Windows and general hardware. Junior to intermediate level sysadmin. If it weren’t for my ten years experience, I certainly wouldn’t have made it in a mere week — it was intended to be a 90-day course with in-classroom or video-based learning. If you’re competent in one distro, bone up on others and get a good solid grip of the fundamentals, and you’ll do fine.

  4. 4
    Jason Thibeault

    Aliasalpha: Well, I just started finally playing Order of Ecclesia. I really need to put Assassin’s Creed 3 to bed as well. One’a these days, we’ll play, I promise.

  5. 5
    carlie

    Have a turtle song.

  6. 6
    Randomfactor

    I’m sorry, but I just can’t be happy about this.

    Linux simply means the lack of any faith in Windows. Loading it up with all kinds of socialistic and femininistic baggage will just divert resources away from…

    What?

    Oh. Never mind. Congratulations.

  7. 7
    keresthanatos

    Congrats on Linux+. How much Linux work do you do in your professional life?

  8. 8
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    You sed you path a test to declare you have aptitude. Nice.
    Find some grub and celebrate with a bash, man; maybe wine; make cake. Yum.
    Or take a break for xrandr. wget some sleep and return xrefresh’d.

  9. 9
    Flewellyn

    A week? Nicely done. Having prior experience surely would help there.

    As for me, well…once upon a time I had my main home box as a crazy frankendistro mixture of Red Hat, Debian, and source-compiled stuff in /usr/local that I had arranged using chroot and separate libcs in order to experiment with different software. I still have no idea why I thought this was a good idea, or how I managed to keep it all working.

  10. 10
    sithrazer

    Congrats!

    If everything I know about Linux (and basically all other computer-y things) wasn’t self-taught I’d give getting various certs a go, if only so I can say “This piece of dead tree requires me to charge for fixing your computer” to people pestering me for tech support. :p

    …also, I fail at regular expressions. There is nothing regular about it. -_-

    @8
    I thought one had to git sleep, as the dreams keep branching.

  11. 11
    CompulsoryAccount7746, Sky Captain

    @sithrazer #10:

    I fail at regular expressions.

    Here’s a windows app (probably wine-able) that highlights a test sentence as you write an expression.
     
    Tool: The Regex Coach (scroll down for a screenshot)

  12. 12
    Counter Apologist

    Just remember, if you’re not using an RPM based distro, the terrorists win.

    You don’t even want to know what will happen if you use Ubuntu, so don’t even try.

    (Hey if we’re not going to be religious we need something stupid to start holy wars over)

  13. 13
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Good for you, Jason. Three cheers!

    Sky Captain, that will be all, thank you very much. :^0 :^0 :^0

  14. 14
    Reginald Selkirk

    The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; – Song of Solomon, Cant. 2: 12

  15. 15
    Isaac

    Congrats!

    Just remember, if you’re not using an RPM based distro, the terrorists win.

    You don’t even want to know what will happen if you use Ubuntu, so don’t even try.

    (Hey if we’re not going to be religious we need something stupid to start holy wars over)

    Pssh, it’s all about Arch Linux, but I’m a total nutcase who wants to set up my system myself. At least the Arch way is fundamentally incompatible with how Ubuntu does things. I hear Ubuntu will overwrite your customized configuration files. :(

  16. 16
    Jason Thibeault

    I hear Ubuntu will overwrite your customized configuration files.

    !!!

    Foul propaganda! Just what I’d expect from the evil Arch Linux supporters. Don’t you have a pot of boiling babies to watch?

    Just remember, if you’re not using an RPM based distro, the terrorists win.

    We’re fighting the Red Hat Hegemony! Freedom!!

  17. 17
    Counter Apologist

    Just want to say fuck Ubuntu. Because if you can’t handle having an actual root shell, you shouldn’t be using Linux. I also hate their GUI, go pure gnome or go home. :P

    We’re fighting the Red Hat Hegemony! Freedom!!
    I used to like Debian and related distros, then I started working professionally, and Red Hat is what the MegaCorps use, because paying for a copy of the OS is cheaper than doing all the FOSS paperwork + legal checking.

  18. 18
    Reginald Selkirk

    go pure gnome or go home. :P

    Alas mate, pure gnome is no longer pure, since 3.0.

  19. 19
    Jason Thibeault

    I’m using Cinnamon right now. Good fork of Gnome to look/work like Gnome 2 with all of Gnome 3′s feature upgrades.

  20. 20
    Reginald Selkirk

    I tried Cinnamon. It was an improvement over Gnome 3, but I still found that occasionally my windows still went flying all over the place. Now I am using Mate and loving it. Whoever thought that a keyboard & mouse desktop should behave like a touch-based palm-top was just wrong.

  21. 21
    F [is for failure to emerge]

    Whoever thought that a keyboard & mouse desktop should behave like a touch-based palm-top was just wrong.

    That’s a lot of whoevers across operating systems and distributions at this point. Sadly.

  22. 22
    sisu

    Linux simply means the lack of any faith in Windows. Loading it up with all kinds of socialistic and femininistic baggage will just divert resources away from…

    lol!

    Congrats, Jason :)

  23. 23
    Counter Apologist

    Alas mate, pure gnome is no longer pure, since 3.0.

    Please stop contradicting my thinly held dogma with facts. You’re making it very hard to be partisan.

  24. 24
    logicpriest

    Yaay Linux+. Is it actually useful info? And what book did you steal, I wanna work on Linux+ after I finish my…Apple cert.

    Also UBUNTU fools! You will tremble under the might of the only distro with consumer support!

  25. 25
    dysomniak "They are unanimous in their hate for me, and I welcome their hatred!"

    Gentoo, suckers.

    (And congrats.)

  26. 26
    smhll

    The dancing turtle is great, but I probably would have clicked through to see a picture of your melted brainpan.

  27. 27
    throwaway

    Is this the thread to be distro fanboys/fangirls? If so, I’d like to pledge my undying support for Slackware. When other distro admins are asking, “What went wrong?”, Slackware keeps the admin honest by forcing them to ask: “What did I screw up this time?”

  28. 28
    Jason Thibeault

    I’ve always been amused by that, throwaway. It’s supposed to be the distro of Slack, in honour of the Church of the SubGenius. And yet, you have to work a hundred times harder to keep everything working properly and securely. It’s like they’re trolling all the Bob fanboys. :D

  29. 29
    loofasword

    (Hey if we’re not going to be religious we need something stupid to start holy wars over)

    Fucken emacs user.

    (I go back a ways. Redhat vs. everything else is not even a spat by comparison)

  30. 30
    loofasword

    And yet, you have to work a hundred times harder to keep everything working properly and securely.

    I ran Slack for 6 years and I don’t remember it being that bad. Jumped ship for Arch. Now that’s a fun distro.

  31. 31
    sinned34

    I was born typing BASIC into my VIC20, and I’ll die typing BASIC into my VIC20.

    Took forever to compile Skyrim on it, though. And it’s more pixellated than what I read it was like in PCGamer.

  32. 32
    Aliasalpha

    The upside of playing Skyrim on a VIC20 is that at the framerate it runs, you’ll have ample time to avoid taking an arrow to the knee

  33. 33
    throwaway

    I’ve always been amused by that, throwaway. It’s supposed to be the distro of Slack, in honour of the Church of the SubGenius. And yet, you have to work a hundred times harder to keep everything working properly and securely. It’s like they’re trolling all the Bob fanboys. :D

    It is a very delicate balancing act between Slack and not-Slack within Slackware, I agree ;) Thankfully there is a rudimentary package managing system (named /var/log/packages), a repository of ‘packages’ (slackbuilds) and of course slackpkg script to keep the base system updated. I’m sure I could cronjob those daily or weekly… but then I’d have to actually do something productive like try to fix (break) something.

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    [...] So that night I bought two exam vouchers for CompTIA Linux+ certification. I borrowed a study guide from 2010, and did nothing but cram for the next several days. I took the first exam the next Monday, and the next exam the next Wednesday. I was fully certified very shortly thereafter. [...]

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