[rescue] Personal progressions (was: what to do with a dec alpha 255)

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Thu May 31 15:09:01 CDT 2007

On Thursday 31 May 2007 15:53, Geoffrey S. Mendelson wrote:
>From a career point of view there is nothing wrong with Windows. It 
> won't 
> get you a high profile job, have your name spoken with reverence on
> the Internet, or get you rich, but after the "high tech bubble"
> burst, Windows admins had jobs, while Linux gurus did not.

The great thing about being a Windows admin, is that you don't have to 
have any logic or trouble shooting skills, or concept of what the 
machine is doing.  At least, that's the impression I get from most of 
the Windows admins I've had the pleasure of dealing with.  There's a 
few smart ones, but there's plenty of not-so-smart ones.  And from what 
I can tell, MSCE-type certifications may help convince management types 
to hire you, but it really doesn't have any effect on how good or bad 
of a Windows sysadmin you are.

Anyways, I don't see what you said about a lack of jobs for Linux vs 
Windows admins as be necessarily true.  If it was the case, it was only 
because the startups were using Linux much more than Windows when the 
bubble went 'burst'.

I don't know any person who is a reasonably competent sysadmin who has 
had *any* trouble in the past few years getting a job working on Linux 
and/or UNIX systems.  It grates at me when people keep insisting that 
you can't make money or get jobs as a Linux sysadmin, as compared to a 
Windows one.  If you can't find a job as a Linux sysadmin, you're 
probably just not looking in the right places.

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