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    I’d rather not do most of those things

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      Centos 6? Tha’s EOL already…

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        At the bottom, it says the roadmap was derived from a Reddit comment which was posted… 7 years ago

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          I thought this looked familiar, I recall seeing this on Reddit many years ago

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            Yes, on r/sysadmin and r/homelab!

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        I’m offended.

        I’m only going to discuss the first paragraph:

        The roadmap below is the list of practical exercises that one might take in order to become a linux system administrator. It is an exhaustive list meant to expose you at least once to important elements of the trade. If you did every last item on this list then you would be eminently qualified to work any Linux admin posting you might ever encounter.

        the list of practical exercises

        There is no “the list”. Not for this, not for any meaningful occupation.

        it is an exhaustive list

        No. It is a narrow, specific, and above all mechanical list. It never once asks you to answer the most important question of all: “Should this be done?”. It doesn’t even give you answers implicitly.

        • What is the purpose of this?
        • Can this be done?
        • Should this be done?
        • Who will use this?
        • What are the metrics of success?
        • What resources are available?
        • What constraints exist? Which are rigid and which are flexible?
        • What value will other people place on it?
        • How will this grow?
        • Who will support this?
        • What has already been done which is like this?

        These are basic questions which a real sysadmin will contend with every day.

        you would be eminently qualified

        No. You would have a specific set of skills, and no depth to them. I see people all the time who think that there is only one way to do things, or that if there are others, they are necessarily inferior to the one way that they know how to do things. People who have no programming skills at all. People who don’t think about what they are doing or why, who have no “meta”.

        They generally get employed by the kind of people who don’t want anyone asking questions, just following orders.

        In all technical professions, understanding concepts and theory is key to making good decisions. Programming is the reification of decision making. Not one thing on this list is about making decisions.


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          I agree with this, this was pretty much my thoughts the moment I saw it in addition to remembering seeing it before. I don’t really see how anything on that list makes one a “linux administrator”

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          Never heard of this spacewalk thing, but I guess most of the other tasks were situational but not meaningfully widespread, 10 years ago. From what I heard you could waste a few weeks on some of the tasks though, like the postgresql-replication…

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            I think they’re referring to this. Which, yes, installing a management platform that “has been discontinued on May 31 2020” seems like a great idea.

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            @kamranahmedse I can see that 5 out of your 6 publications are self authored, including 3 for your roadmap.sh project. Without being harsh, I would suggest that for the common good, you start to contribute other things than yours to Losters.

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              Generally I don’t mind seeing self-authored posts. Lobsters has a bunch of folks who write very interesting or educational content, and that’s awesome.

              This, on the other hand… well based on the “quality” of this article (aka, almost literally copy/pasted from the Reddit article linked at the end of the “post”, with it seems literally no fact checking done to see if the advice is actually still good), it seems to me like @kamranahmedse is trying to run a content mill really. At best, they’re just stealing existing content authored elsewhere and shoving it on their site with nearly 0 context (honestly, does this just break Lobsters’ “list of links” policy, since the only real value here is that roadmap[.]sh is a list of links to tweets/posts that maybe have actual context?) or, at worst, they’re trying to build a very sketchy content farm.