Oracle Enterprise Linux Certification - Yes, You Heard Right...
What to do during those... erm... 'uncertain' times? Why, branch out of course... and that's what lead this intrepid blogger to consider questions like "what's fun?", "what haven't I done in a while?" and "what might be relevant to our imminent New Overlords?".
Relax, Sun Blog Police, that's all Imma say about Snorcle, OK?
I picked '[URL="http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=149"]Oracle Enterprise Linux Certification[/URL]'. Just cuz. Just cuz I enjoy Linux almost as much as I do OpenSolaris. Just cuz I went and gots me a Red Hat Certified Technician certificate a few years back, also "Just Cuz." And just cuz it might even be applicable in future endeavors.
For those of you whose knowledge of OEL (sometimes referred to by the overarching 'Unbreakable Linux' moniker) rivals that of Solaris -- Oracle takes the Red Hat code base, strips out any Red Hat identity, slaps on Oracle veneers, and supports the snot out of it. That allows Mssr. Ellison to raise the hackles of yet another rival. Which is good. I'm thinkin'...
Anywho, OEL 5 is RHEL 5 with a different shade o' red paint. If you know RHEL, you know OEL.
An OEL Administration Associate certificate requires the passing of two two-hour multiple-choice exams. If you have a comparable certifications already, you might be given a pass on the first exam - indeed, my RHCT certificate allowed me to test out of the first exam. The second, a more in-depth sysadmin exam, is 113 questions over two hours. Not hands-on, as Red Hat exams are, but also with a lot of 'choose all th apply' questions. Far from trivial stuff, but quite doable if you prepare adequately.
So, as of today, I add the OEL Admin Associate designation to my list of... umm... things. Right along side the RHCT and Solaris and Java Certifications. And my collection of Wired Magazines -- can't forget those!
Cuz, you know, this just seemed like the Thing To Do...