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Of course this is purely ignorant, but why learn Linux?
Is it something that could be possible for in a career for software development or hardware? Is it just for having fun learning another OS? Would it be beneficial for me to learn since I am aiming for a career in CCIE and CISSP certifications or anything Oracle database?

Please enlighten me as I have an interest in Linux.
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I wouldn't be a bad thing to learn if you are going into computers. You don't have to know the system perfectly, but it is good to know some basic commands for the terminal, and know how to navigate the OS.

There will probably be times when you run into servers running a command line based linux OS. so you have to know commands to run the system. But you can learn it more if you come to that situation.
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Linux is the most common OS for servers. If you want to work on servers, you probably need some Linux experience.
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I'm 2 years into my CS degree and from what I've seen and heard Linux is used a lot in real world(a lot of servers) and is just another asset in your toolbelt when you're released into the environment.
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Just got out of my Advanced Web Servers CIS class, pretty much all about Linux on servers.
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Ah Thanks everyone, but besides server maintenance, is there any other practical uses for Linux?

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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;12132889 
Linux is the most common OS for servers. If you want to work on servers, you probably need some Linux experience.

This. My stepdad and mom work for a company called NetApp, and most servers out there run some interation of unix or a unix like operating system. To work in the server field you need to know linux, but also many other OSes as well, unless you want to specialize in one particular kind of server.
 
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post #8 of 117
Quote:
Originally Posted by Versa;12132951 
Ah Thanks everyone, but besides server maintenance, is there any other practical uses for Linux?

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Linux can be installed on....
Consoles.
Embedded devices.
Desktops.
Servers.
Mobile Devices.

Doesn't that cover all of computing?

So the better question would be is there anything where Linux is NOT of practical use? You household probably has a few machines running Linux and you may not know it.
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Linux/Unix complements networking well. I don't know how far you've progressed towards your CCIE but I hear CCNA + Linux/Unix are the most desired skills of a beginning network admin.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DuckieHo;12132889 
Linux is the most common OS for servers. If you want to work on servers, you probably need some Linux experience.

Currently linux in servers is like 15-20% with unix around 25%. this is just rough figures I remember reading somewhere. It's said that when Linux takes over, yes they say it's a when at this point, that Linux will have a little over 40% of the market. I think BSD will have 5-10 and MS at a little over 50%. Since Linux and Unix and BSD share pretty much everything you still learn about 50% of the server world. Well, I should say Linux and BSD share everything from Unix.... Whatever, all three are about the same as far as day to day maintenance. =P
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