Tech Staff with Only One OS Need Not Apply

Friday Aug 6th 2010 by Carla Schroder

In today's heterogenous data center environment, data center staffers definitely need to be familiar with more than one OS.

Some things seem so obvious I feel silly even saying them. And this is one of them: any IT staffer who only knows one operating system is not worth hiring.

We see the silly Microsoft vs. Linux vs. Apple stories every day, with Ten Reasons Why This One is Better, and 7 Reasons Why That One Sucks, and Five Ways to Make Headlines With Lists. The ones that crack me up are the "10 Scary Hurdles to Migrating to Linux." Ever notice how every single time they mention "You'll need Linux skills!"

Oh dear, no! Linux skills? Well there's a dealbreaker! Because it is completely unreasonable to expect your current batch of delicate Windows admins to have any Linux skills.



Can you think of a single reason for any IT person to not have a real-world skill set? How can any IT staffer make good decisions with limited knowledge? The real world is mainly mixed environments. The real world is nice sane Linux, Unix, and *bsd systems bending over backwards to accommodate interop with the ridiculously obstructive Apple and Microsoft software stacks.

Read the rest at Linux Planet.

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