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Re: freelance sysadmining [WAS: "Red Hat recommends Windows for consumers"]

On Wed, Nov 12, 2003 at 09:32:46AM -0500, BruceG wrote:
> Anyway - you might want to include a few distributions, as not everyone may
> be interested in Debian. I found Mandrake, SuSE and Red Hatto have a very
> good look and feel. With RHL moving towards Project Fedora, and Fedora Core
> at 1.0 - you may see interest in both Debian and Fedora.

I was planning on working with whatever distro the customer already had
installed.  I have a little (granted, very little) experience with RH (7.2),
and if/when I get a laptop I'd put Slackware on it for a little while, just
to get some experience with  it, and I'd also put RH on it just to stay in

> Only reason I'm bringing it up is that once a client (or friend) has DSL in,
> and if they have a laptop - they will bring up wireless.

Hmm, I'll look into it.  First I've got to finish HS, get a job, and get
together some money to get a laptop, etc.  Meanwhile my parents have to get

> The other thing to look at is volunteering at a church, or if you are part
> of a homeschool group. Maybe put up a website or a forum, and use that
> experience to fill out your resume.

I don't go to church anymore (used to be Catholic, now I'm an atheistic
Buddhist), but I do belong to a homeschool group  and I'm already
maintaining a website for them.  See http://bchomeschool.homelinux.com/

> I found that volunteering gives me experience in things I don't do that
> often: replaced hard drives, PD's LAN infrasctructure and replaced defective
> hubs (bad power and too many hits), replaced bad cable, set up a Payroll PC
> (don't forget power-up passwords and disk passwords for those kinds of
> animals).
> Finally - it might be cool to do a desktop install on a PC for your church
> or whatever civic group you might belong to. I found that our church got
> some donated PC's and re-uses them. My next project is to install Linux on
> one, just to give a taste of what it is and what it does.

Hmm, if only the homeschool group had a place to keep the computer, it'd be
interesting to do that.  See, we don't have a permanent meeting place-- we
depend on nice churches in the area for a place to have our co-op classes
(parents teach various classes on various subjects-- everything from anatomy
for elementary schoolers to trivia (the class I'm taking this 6 weeks) to
chess), and we use the electric company's meeting room for our group's
monthly meetings.

Vikki Roemer        Homepage: http://neuromancer.homelinux.com/
Registered Linux user #280021   http://counter.li.org/

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