How to Become a Linux Pro

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Linux is a computing platform that is being used by more and more organizations, stimulating the demand for Linux administrators. If you're only familiar with Windows platforms, you can start learning Linux now. Here's how.

Linux is famous for its many distributions. You have Red Hat/Fedora, Mandrake, Debian, Ubuntu and a variety of others. Each has unique features--Ubuntu, for example, is known for being extremely user-friendly. Slackware, on the other hand, is recommended only for experienced Linux users.

Why Gentoo?

If you're just starting out in Linux, but you are an experienced administrator, you might want to try Gentoo Linux. Gentoo is not always easy to install, but the folks that maintain Gentoo provide very good documentation to guide you through the installation process. By installing Gentoo, you'll get a crash course in Linux administration. You'll learn how to navigate the command line, use features such as portage, and configure a variety of utilities.

Installing Gentoo won't make you a Linux guru overnight--you'll need formal training and experience to become an expert. Installing Gentoo will, however, get you in a position to start carrying out some administrative tasks in Linux.

Learn Linux Today

Start learning Linux by visiting Gentoo's website (gentoo.org). Here you'll find all the documentation you need to install Gentoo, as well as a dedicated community of Gentoo users willing to help.

Make sure you have a couple of days to dedicate to your installation. One of the drawbacks of Gentoo is that it can take a very long time to install. The upshot is that it is very customizable and updates are extremely simple, requiring only an "emerge" command in the terminal. With the right training, you can prepare for a profitable career in Linux administration.