Demand for Linux Skills on the Rise, Along With Wages

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Engelsstaub

Less than 40% of the world's servers are running Windows. It makes sense for people who are serious to acquire Linux skills.

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Zoandar

$86,432 a year and they still can't make a distro that doesn't require steeping oneself in memorizing and using arcane terminal commands to actually DO anything with the OS.

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Azrael808

OK... I'll try not to come across as too preachy/ranty/crazy...

First... The people mentioned in this article are _not_ the developers who produce the distributions. They are IT professionals, working for other companies, most likely managing Linux in a server environment, where it actually kicks the sh1t out of Windows...

Secondly, those "arcane terminal commands" are actually extremely powerful ways of instructing your machine and can be strung together to form complex scripts that allow for the automation of sysadmin/devops tasks... Hence the reason why these pros get paid more than Windows sysadmins; they can administer more machines in the same amount of time that a Windows admin can.

Why do you think Microsoft introduced PowerShell with their later server operating systems? It's because trying to automate stuff with DOS commands and batch files is truly arcane, while visual-basic scripting is to put it bluntly, a bit sh1t.

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biggiebob12345

The man speaks the truth. Linux is great as long as you don't ever have to do anything beyond installing and running well known applications with it. Try setting up a fixed mac address for one of your network adapters in linux. In Windows it can be done with 1 registry key or a front-end GUI app. In Linux it took me several hours of googling and slogging through configuration files.

So now I just run Ubuntu in a VM under XP. Get all the benefits of Ubuntu without having it bitch out because your hardware is < 3 years old.

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bpstone

Windows is the mother of pain in an @$$. It is a tedious maintenance hog. Neither is child of Mary for crying out loud. Both have their issues. Linux is definitely more suited for a work environment. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT DESKTOPS; in case some misunderstood. They are hiring you to work with Linux servers. It is a different animal.

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bpstone

Zonder, if you cannot remember simple commands like cd = change directory, then you need to hit the books or avoid the advanced section altogether. Basically it is shorthand. Windows does not do every function point and click. Linux terminal is an easy to use powerful tool. Anyone here who has Linux knowledge can see right through your comment.

cd /learn/amateur
apt-get install commands
chmod 444 /learn -R

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Hey.That_Dude

An in so protect the system from IDIOTS. Oh, and they are paid to make the system better and more usable for their company. The fact that it's released to the public is just a nicety of the licence.

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Azrael808

As a Linux sysadmin, I can say that I have enjoyed a good career so far - I started using the OS at university and I wouldn't be in the position I am now if I hadn't done so!

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praetor_alpha

Too bad all the Linux experience I have is putzing around with it on a laptop and my home server.

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Hey.That_Dude

That's better then when I was talking to my friends. One was freaking out about being on a plane (hates enclosed spaces and people bother him because he just looks geeky) and I told him to just not to talk to anyone. He said "but what if someone asks me something about my computer?"
I said "just say you only use linux."

EVERYONE in the group said in unison "What's linux?"

This is why paying people more is a good thing... the common twit is a... twit.

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0ly1r3m@1ns

better than my freinds saying its like mac but shitier "you can't do any thing on it and its compleatly useless" considering the only knowledge of linux is me mentioning it.

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Hey.That_Dude

The ultimate irony of your friend is Mac is UNIX... lolcakes. Unix was there first. AND Linux was made before Os X moved over to OpenBSD kernal.

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