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Linux: We've come a long way

Red Hat's newest certification reminds us of just how far Linux has come.

I noticed Red Hat has announced a new training certification: Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS).

The RHCDS certification proves that the individual has the skills and knowledge necessary to build reliable, available, scalable and manageable solutions in mission-critical datacenter environments using fully supported open source technologies from Red Hat.

Remember when Linux was not suitable for the data center? Back in 2003 it was still mostly hype, while in 2002 OSDL tried to kickstart Linux in the data center with a working group devoted to it.

Despite these efforts, I clearly remember the tough slog Novell had in trying to convince IT staffs that Linux was ready for data center primetime. Edge of network servers? Sure. But data center? No way.

And today Red Hat and others are actively certifying the rising hordes of data center Linux specialists. We've come a long, long way in a very short time. Though perhaps not this long.