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We get asked about Linux certification frequently. Candidates generally want to know if it is worth their time and effort to pursue a certification. In my opinion, the answer changes on a case-by-case basis. Overall, the tendency of the answer is largely derived by experience. For individuals that are either early in their career or new to Linux, it is likely to be more beneficial to attain a recognized certification than to not have one.

Without having prior professional experience to rely on, one can show their knowledge level with a certification in hand. This assists these individuals greatly in their search for new employment or advancement in their careers.

For individuals that do have prior professional experience, the benefits of a recognized certification dwindle based on the amount of experience an individual has. As I have always stated, any education is good education.

Therefore, even if you are a very experienced administrator, it is not going to hurt you in either your current role or positioning yourself for future employment elsewhere. But, do not count on it being a difference maker for you, at least in comparison to individuals with less experience than you possess. Ultimately, if you are a person that is in a continuous quest for knowledge and feel a certification demonstrates that knowledge, by all means pursue it.

Is Perl losing its shine as it now needs to compete with many other alternative programming languages? Can Perl be considered a good career choice today? To find out, we have interviewed an experienced Perl developer and geekuni.com founder Andrew Solomon.

Q1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Sydney, Australia and my first experience of programming was writing code to generate Mandelbrot fractals on my mother's computer. In my mid-teens I was brain washed by popular science (mostly theoretical physics) but when I started at university my passion for physics was nipped in the bud after a term in the lab and the realization that most theory comes from observation of the world around us. As a result, I wound up doing a PhD in pure mathematics – which I relished since the only constraints were a few axioms which left great scope for creativity. After that I spent the best part of a decade taking academic jobs in Sydney, St Andrews and Vancouver pursuing every opportunity to experience other cultures, visiting colleagues in Austin, Paris, Beijing, Saint Petersburg and many interesting places in-between. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed doing research and teaching, with quite a lot of it in computer science and programming.

On a flight to Berlin in 2004 I met someone special who turned out to live in London. Since then I've gradually settled down in London and got a stable job as a software developer. That said, teaching is still my passion and I'm now doing that at my own online school - Geekuni.

SUSE’s global HR talks about employing Linux talent

LinuxCareer.com asked Marie Louise van Deutekom, the SUSE’s Global HR Director, to elaborate on the international recruitment process at SUSE. Marie Louise van Deutekom discussed with LinuxCareer.com topics relevant to SUSE’s search for Linux talent, interviewing process employed at SUSE and SUSE’s working environment. Marie Louise describes SUSE's business approach as follows:

As a company, we have a strong belief in Open Source as the model to develop good software. But it’s also important to effectively have a commercial model around it. We have an enterprise focus – we make a difference to the largest companies in this world. That matters to me.

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