Class Scheduled 6/8 – Linux n00b

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    • #8446
      Taemyks
      Participant

      Hi all – I scheduled the PWB class today (90 days), starting on June 8.

      I know enough about Linux to break it accidentally, very quickly :D. In reality I can get network interfaces up and going, and some routing, but that’s it.  Also I know almost no scripting/programming.

      That said – I’m very comfortable with switching, routing, wireshark, packet delivery, and basic ACLs, VPN…On Cisco and Windows stuff. Also I’m pretty good at documentation.

      I have a few weeks to prep, a CBT Nuggets subscription, and a few hours a night.  What would the best topics to study be? I’m thinking Linux (duh), and Python. What am I going to be missing?

      Thanks for any pointers!

      Taemyks

    • #52976
      MrTuxracer
      Participant

      You absolutely need to strengthen your linux skills – there’s no way around, without those you will waste time working on small problems! A good, practical way to go: Throw away your Windows desktop, replace it with a Linux one and master your daily work  😉 – by this you’ll automatically get in touch with bash scripting.

      An additional language like Python (and/or basic C knowledge) is quite useful, but I think your time frame (until beginning of your labtime) is probably too small.

      Your networking skills are a good basis and are more than enough to pwn through the lab/exam.

      Regards.

    • #52977
      Taemyks
      Participant

      Thanks – I did ditch the laptop and am using it for as much as I can. Spending a few hours so far on the CBT courses is helping a good bit. I’m actually starting to get the lay of the land…A bit.

    • #52978
      Taemyks
      Participant

      @MrTuxracer wrote:

      An additional language like Python (and/or basic C knowledge) is quite useful, but I think your time frame (until beginning of your labtime) is probably too small.

      MTux – I’m great at using other people’s code and editing it for my environment. In my work I’ve ‘written’ dozens of scripts in many languages that just take examples from many places and mash them together to fit my needs.

      Would you consider being able to dissect any given language for simple programs enough to go forward without worry?

      I spent about 5 hours today at work going through Linux basics. At the end of the day I had this conversation:

      Me: “This is damn boring. I’ve spent all day learning about basic tools. Here’s a screwdriver – It drives screws. This is a hammer – You hold it like this.” Etc…

      Boss: “Yeah, I hear you. I gave up trying to learn about Linux a few years ago.”

      Me: “Yeah. But at least when I get done learning how to use the tools I get the chance to make bombs with them”

      Boss: “Okay. That’s Cool.”

    • #52979
      impelse
      Participant

      takes time to learn Linux, keep going, eventually you will see some applications in Linux and all your knowledge will show up in your mind, you will feel you are flying….

    • #52980
      MrTuxracer
      Participant

      @Taemyks wrote:

      MTux – I’m great at using other people’s code and editing it for my environment. In my work I’ve ‘written’ dozens of scripts in many languages that just take examples from many places and mash them together to fit my needs.

      Would you consider being able to dissect any given language for simple programs enough to go forward without worry?

      Yes should be enough, you do not need to know every language in detail  😉 … Then, try to focus on the linux part, which is more important.

      Regards.

    • #52981
      Grendel
      Participant

      It has gotten soooo bad, that almost nobody understands how to even use a command line. I had a student at the University ask me “why do I have to put spaces between the words” when running a command with flags.

      Definitely learn Linux and scripting (bash, korn, csh, or whichever you prefer). At the minimum, it will get you a deeper understanding of troubleshooting a system or remote administration. I hate GUIs.

    • #52982
      Taemyks
      Participant

      @Grendel wrote:

      It has gotten soooo bad, that almost nobody understands how to even use a command line. I had a student at the University ask me “why do I have to put spaces between the words” when running a command with flags.

      Tell me about it! Most of my day is Powershell or IOS.

    • #52983
      Taemyks
      Participant

      Class starts tomorrow – Here’s my 4x8x8 cell that I’ll be spending my lab time in 🙂 Almost all my training the last few years has been done in there – It’s a great place to escape.

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