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Linux certification in 2010 is something an increasing number of people would like to hold to be able to work as an administrator or engineer for a large corporation that uses this popular open source operating system. Some plan to do private consulting and realize the benefit of holding professional credentials in obtaining clients. Others who are committed users of a UNIX-based system simply seek Linux certification in 2010 to add to the proof they already have of their competency as administrators or engineers. Whatever your reasons may be, there are some things you'll probably want to know before taking any exam, and, however sharp your skills may be, you might also want to consider completing Linux certification courses. Independent study courses can be as beneficial as those offered by a college or university. In fact, they are sometimes better because you can progress at your own pace, focus on specific topics, and structure your study how you want to.
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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI)
The LPI offers entry-level, distro-neutral certifications. This tends to serve the needs of people who have worked with a variety of distros (distributions), have not been certified before, and who are interested in obtaining employment as an assistant to an administrator or engineer, or who would like to do part-time freelance work with Linux. Your Linux certification in 2010 by the LPI could also be for the junior and senior levels; however, passing the entry level exam is a prerequisite to the junior level and you must pass the junior level to take the senior test. Again, Linux certification courses to help you prepare also come in the form of books and on-line courses for self-study. I recommend completing no less than two courses whether self-study or in a traditional class. I was required to study Linux administration to earn my degree in Web Development, but I can honestly say that I learned the most on my own.
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Linux Certification in 2010 - CompTIA Linux+
If you have less than a year of intense hands-on experience working with numerous aspects of Linux administration on the command line, you probably aren't ready to take this exam. The Linux+ test has a reputation of being much more difficult to pass than most of the other CompTIA exams. You'll want a solid knowledge of file permissions, software configuration, server systems, security, networking, installations, and much more. This exam is also vendor-neutral and you can help prepare by completing at least two Linux certification courses.
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Novell for SUSE Linux Users
Novell Linux certification in 2010 might appeal specifically to those who are committed to using the SUSE or Open SuSE distro. If you aren't very familiar with this particular flavor, I wouldn't recommend attempting this exam unless you train in Linux certification courses geared towards administration and engineering for SUSE. However, it could prove most valuable if you're seeking employment in a company that uses this specific distro. The same could be said for Red Hat certification for users of Red Hat or Fedora Linux who wish to work in the IT department of companies that use them.
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Knowledge Is More Important
Although obtaining Linux certification in 2010 might be very appealing to you, keep in mind that very few certifications are a completely accurate test of the knowledge and skills you have. This is why some companies will actually give you a hands-on test to pass whether you're certified or not. To successfully work with Linux requires patience, diligence, a true like for the system as well as a challenge, and time.