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Unix Administrator and Linux Administrator transition


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#1 brentmd

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 07:52 PM

Hello Unix Experts,

I'm going to be graduating with a CIS (Computer Information Systems) degree in the coming year. I have been offered an internship with a job title of Unix Administrator under a well known company. I understand that Unix is used for high-end servers in many large corporations, but the market share is gradually declining to its competitor (Linux) (based on articles and statistics that I have read).

If in the next 5 to 10 years Linux becomes dominant over Unix would it be easy to transition from being a Unix Administrator to a Linux Administrator? I know that the underlying foundation of both OS's are the same, but would the differences be too overwhelming to make that transition? Any insight would be appreciated.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 08:29 PM

I'm no Unix expert, but I believe that since Linux aims to be POSIX compliant, the transition should be reletively painless.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:34 PM

brentmd, I can tell you this from personal experience.
I spent two years in school becoming a "UNIX System Admin"
Since finishing in 2002 I have yet to administer a "UNIX" box.
I can not tell you the difference between Solaris, HP-UX, or AIX.
All the machines "we" support run RedHat and the ones we don't
run Debian or CentOS.
From an admin stand point you shouldn't have any problems getting
around on a Linux box. And unless you are employed by an outfit that
deploys UNIX clusters you will most likely be working on more Linux
machines then UNIX. (Example: The datacenter at Texas Instruments
uses a UNIX cluster for very specific duties, but the rest of the servers
run Linux.)

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