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Why many MCSEs won't learn Linux

Paul has responded to MCSE mike. Checkout my stand on Linux admin vs Microsoft Windows admin.

There are few basic principals under UNIX and Linux. Any MCSE must understand and follow them.

a) Everything is a file - Including your hardware.

b) All server / desktop configuration stored in text files - /etc, /usr/local/etc and ~/.dot-files. So learn to edit and search text files. Learn basis of grep, awk and sed along with vi. Same way all errors are logged in a text file located at /var/log/ directory

c) One small utility performs one single task at a time - Typical Linux box may have 2000-4000 command installed. Each command provides a single functionality.

d) Linux / UNIX is designed for simplicity - Add complexity only where you must.

e) Filters - Ability to chain programs together to perform complex tasks.

g) Interactive commands and dialog boxes are rare in UNIX / Linux - Learn to use commands, command line arguments and man pages.

Let the flame war begun ;)