How a Linux system administrator evolves from beginner to advanced professional

In today's open source roundup: Each stage of the evolution of a Linux system adminstrator. Plus: The different types of Linux users based on their preferred distribution, and Borderlands 2 coming to Linux

The Linux job market is very hot right now, particularly for those with system administration skills. But how does one get started? The Linux Foundation has an interesting page about the evolution of system administrators from beginners to very experienced professionals.

Note: If you click through to the Linux Foundation site, be sure to click the infographic so you can see it at full size.

According to Linux Foundation:

There is an ever-growing demand for Linux professionals, and becoming a sysadmin can be a challenging, interesting and rewarding career path. We have curated a few resources that can help you take your Linux career to the next level - regardless of your current experience level.

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Evoltion of a Linux system administrator infographic
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I think that page and the infographic on it can be quite helpful to folks who are thinking about becoming a Linux system administrator. It provides a path to follow from being a total beginner to becoming a senior system administrator. Be sure to take a look at the links below the infographic too. Kudos to the Linux Foundation for setting it up, I hope it encourages readers to consider Linux system administration as a possible career move.

If you aren't sure if system administration is for you or not, check out some of the books about it on Amazon. also has a discussion thread about how to become a Linux system administrator, and SimplyHired has a list of thousands and thousands of Linux system administrator jobs. Note that you can fine-tune the search results by adding your location information.

The different types of Linux users based on their distributions

I bumped into a very funny image on Google+ that shows different kinds of Linux users based on their favorite distribution.

According to nixCraft Linux Blog on Google+:

CentOS user looks nothing like me :P

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Different kinds of Linux users

Ha, ha! I had to chuckle when I saw that image. I am partial to Debian and Linux Mint, but I never thought of myself as the nerd with the red glasses or the kid sitting in front of a laptop! I am not sure Gentoo users will be very happy with their portrayal though, ouch!

Still, you have to laugh at this because there are certainly elements of truth in it for many of us. Very funny stuff.

Borderlands 2 coming to Linux

GamingOnLinux reports that Borderlands 2 is headed to Linux.

According to GamingOnLinux:

Borderlands 2 is a massive game with some really awesome weapons to be found. The weapons that can be found vary widly too, and no play-through will be the same. The chance to have this type of game on Linux is amazing.

UPDATE: We have confirmation from Aspyr Media that they are doing the port:

Michael Blair, Aspyr MediaYes! BL2 Linux is absolutely real! We've been working hard on it for months and will talk about a release date as soon as possible.

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This is great news for Linux gamers, take a look at the Borderlands 2 trailer to get a taste of the game:

The official Borderlands 2 site also has lots more information about the game. And you can read the Reddit reaction thread to see what Linux users are saying about this news.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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