July 30, 2011

Which Linux OS should I install to help me get CompTIA certified?

My company uses Red Hat and I need to get CompTia certified. Should I install and work with Red Hat or should I try something else like Fedora? openSUSE? or something else?

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This post is years old but comes up allot in general linux searches so I want to add to this.

The general basic idea of Linux is the same as android in its basic forms with of course android is way restricted in its non rooted form.

To better under stand all the different OS's for Linux it's just like an android OS. All phones running android are different versions of the OS but all android phone do the same basic things. This is just like Linux OS. Another similar thing is android you download and install APPS, The same concept applies exactly to all linux OS'S too but they don't call them apps. Works same way tho. You want a new Nova Launcher for your Android OS is like how linux changes its core basics of its OS again you want to change the look of your OS on Linux you download something like an app just in Linux you usually have to do more things to install the apps in a linux OS is like android too. You can use the play store on android and it's installed for you with tops 2 buttons pressed.

So I think if you can grasp the concept of how simple Android is, Linux works almost the same way you just do the installing of apps more manually in Linux, and I say usually, because now linux has allot of auto install features that make it even more like android...

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Linux is linux is linux. this is true but not at first. each distro has a...

Linux is linux is linux. this is true but not at first. each distro has a goal in mind that it is setting out to achieve. Each has done this with relatively the same kernel, libraries and binaries. So you can do anything with any of them. That said it will be more difficult to do some stuff with one then another that is geared towards that goal.

If you want to learn linux I would suggest slackware. It does very little for you so you have to do a lot for your self. It has a very active community and lots of helpful users, check out linuxquestions.org. When you get stuck pull out a "professional" distro and see how it does it then go back and do that in slackware. You will learn more this way. Once you get the hang of slackware then switching to Redhat will be a cake walk. You have to do everything the "hardway" in linux, once you understand it you will see how easy it is and the "easyway" won't seem so easy anymore.

If your company uses Redhat then use Redhat. Scientific Linux is a redhat srpm distro, i didn't see it mentioned here, similiar to CentOS. Fedora is Redhat in beta stages but I have always had good results with it.

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Well if you just want basic Linux knowledge I would start with Ubuntu or...

Well if you just want basic Linux knowledge I would start with Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Very user friendly.

If your looking into an enterprise grade certificate then consider the RHCSA/RHCE and download either CentOS or Scientific Linux.

If you learn how to use both Enterprise and Desktop distros you'll be set.

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You could use any distro you like, that is a big point of using Linux, doing...

You could use any distro you like, that is a big point of using Linux, doing things the way you want. The certifications however (comptia, lpi etc) all seem to have a bias for RPM based systems so choosing one that uses RPM could be a good move :-)

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I'm guessing the majority of professionally/corporate servers in this world...

I'm guessing the majority of professionally/corporate servers in this world are based on RedHat systems (RedHat, Fedora, CentOS). I believe it would be in your interest to make sure you are familiar with their architecture. There are some significant differences, such as differences in /etc/init.d in CentOS and not in ArchLinux, the locations of where certain conf files are placed.
If you're comfortable with any Distro then you'll quickly adjust to any differences, but since this is for exam/testing, might as well give yourself the best opportunity possible.

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I am I guess being biased since I use Fedora, but as I just said, I would go...

I am I guess being biased since I use Fedora, but as I just said, I would go with Fedora. Even if I wasn't using Fedora, I would recommended it for that purpose atleast. The reason I say that, there are many things that uses RedHat or Fedora for example on how to do things

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Hello,...

Hello,
I've got my cert last month for CompTIA.
I've used Debian and (open)SuSE. I had the feeling that the server version from Novell (SLES) is the most representative for the example question I did. I did a selfstudy with de LPI book from Sybex.

Good luck with it all.
Regards, Paul

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I suggest you both learn RPM and Debian based distros -- CentOS and Debian.

I suggest you both learn RPM and Debian based distros -- CentOS and Debian.

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See, there r no of arguments in respect to ur query. Actually, today, almost...

See, there r no of arguments in respect to ur query. Actually, today, almost all modern Linux distro has same capabilities. The Core architecture is same and all have more/less same command lines facility. So. it is not necessary to choose particular one distro to complete ur certs. Basically, CompTIA based on command line utilities and shell scrips. So, provide more time and practice on command line / shell scripts, which make ur confidence high. It is best way to follow the institutes's suggestions from where u get ur study or will take exams.
Remember, If u r choosy, then go for Red Hat or SuSE Linux server. Both r very good OS and stable and fulfill ur criteria.

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There 3 you can try. CentOS, Fedora and RedHat. All of these OS are based off...

There 3 you can try. CentOS, Fedora and RedHat. All of these OS are based off of RedHat. I recommend leaving opensuse on the shelf.

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