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Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Fri Oct 8 03:21:36 UTC 2010

On Friday, October 08, 2010 10:25 AM, Jordon Bedwell wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-10-08 at 09:59 +0800, Christopher Chan wrote:
>> /me stares. Okay, I was groggy this morning. Let me fix that.
>> Hahaha, one of my then new bosses made fun of my RHCE back in 2002 (got
>> mine in 2001) and said that he would certify me whereas another boss who
>> interviewed me said that the RHCE had zero bearing on his decision to
>> hire me and give me a better position than the one I was applying for.
> But, I thought this was true: "Red Hat certifications are indisputably
> regarded as the best in Unix® and Linux®, and perhaps, according to
> some, in all of IT. This is due in large part because of Red Hat's
> performance-based format - the RHCT® and RHCE® "
> /sarcasm
> To best honest, when I first read that on the Red Hat site, my first
> question was "What the hell does Redhat have to do with Unix? And why
> would their certification be best for /Unix/?".  I could go on but I
> figure that /should have/ been enough for you to laugh your way out.
> I don't remember if it was like that way back then, that was far too
> long ago, but they're certainly like that now.  CompTIA is to
> certifications what Redhat is to Unix.

Some things translate over to UNIX and others don't. The others are 
merely a matter of learning what tools on UNIX do the equivalent on 
Redhat while there will be some things that have no Linux equivalent and 
therefore completely new to the RHCE holder. I am running OpenSolaris 
and have been running it for over two years now. I may take a bit more 
time for certain things due to needing to go through the fine 
documentation (Ubuntu documentation writers should learn from them) 
provided by Sun Microsystems but I do not see that what I have learned 
on Linux as being completely useless in the Solaris environment. It is a 
far cry from a paper certificate.

I have not taken any Solaris exams so I cannot compare and comment so I 
do not know how much they are stretching the idea that the RHCE is the 
best also for the UNIX world.

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