[svlug] RHCE exam

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at richardsharpe.com
Fri Jan 10 10:33:52 PST 2003

On Fri, 10 Jan 2003, Bill Schoolcraft wrote:

> At Thu, 9 Jan 2003 it looks like Richard Sharpe composed:
> > working with the LPI, the RHCE exam is very thorough and oriented around 
> > practical experience.
> > 
> In having successfully taken and passed the first two LPI tests
> a while back and yet to take any RHCE test(s) I'd suspect you
> won't find any Debian related "apt-get" command questions in the
> RHCE tests like you did/will in the LPI tests.

Of course you wont. However, where I currently work, Debian is just not 
relevant, and, the RHCE exam, from what I hear, covers enough generic 
Linux stuff in extreme depth, that the knowledge transfers from RH to 
Debian. For example, you are given a broken (SW) Linux machine and have to 
fix it. It could be LILO, it could be missing modules, it might be that 
someone screwed up the last time they built a kernel.
> So, like a Solaris test, your RHCE test will in fact give you a
> RedHat cert, no different than taking a course on Toyotas will
> give you a cert to work on Toyotas.


> >From having multiple "cuts-n-bruises" (which I wear like medals)
> from using Solaris, Linux, FreeBSD, I'd really like to see
> something that covers competency, not mastery, in all the
> forward-slash OS's. 

Well, I guess it is horses for courses. I personally have no Slowaris 
experience (well, none worth a damn), and all my Ultrix and DEC OSF/1 
experience was really only window dressing until I started working on 
Linux (and FreeBSD) where I could see the sources.

Having been involved in developing some of the LPI tests, I think I can 
assess the advantages and disadvantages of each.

While I think that LPI is a good general certification test, it is closer 
to the MCSE model, and thus attracts some of the same types of candidates.

RHCE, on the other hand, is tough.

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at]ns.aus.com, rsharpe[at]samba.org, 
sharpe[at]ethereal.com, http://www.richardsharpe.com

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