Getting started on a Linux career

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A reader asked me the following question, and I'm gathering information for him. Can you help? Question: "I am a Domino developer used to Windows environment, but I have a Fedora Core 2 box at home for learning Linux. I would eventually like to learn Linux and learn to develop in Linux, with an eye to switching to Linux development. What path would you recommend for someone who's been in the industry for a few years but wants to go in this direction?"

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Its a good start, but I think, more than just installing a Linux box doesnt help u much @ first.

But dont get disheartened. There are loads of areas where u can develop for linux. Be it App Development,Databases,Embedded Systems , Java, J2EE etc, the list goes on…. .

To start off you can get a head start by learning shell scripting and command line stuff in linux.

Next if u like designing and developing web apps , then learn apache , php with mysql .

If u r a serious into device drivers and other technical stuff , then embedded sys is the way 2 go.

Hope this helps

All the Best in your Endeavours

Best Regards

Anil Mahadev
Database Technology is my Passion

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  • Sonotsky
    I don't think I've ever seen a development-specific training/certification track on Linux (if there is, someone please let *me* know!). Personally, I have been using Linux (Slackware and Red Hat/Fedora) since 1995; I took the RHCE fast track course in 2002 and still came away having learned something, in addition to being a Certified Engineer. Because I went this route, I understand the Red Hat way of doing things a lot better than I did before, so I can take advantage of available services and tools while programming. YMMV. I also relied on the kindness of strangers in forums/newsgroups over the years, as well as work peers. Bottom line: stick to it, ask plenty of questions, and don't be afraid to break something while you learn (and you will).
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