So I passed the RHCSA (Red Hat EX200) on Friday with a score of 283/300. I’m ecstatic to say the least!

The pre-exam T&C’s make it very clear that I cannot divulge any information regarding the contents of the exam. I thought I’d share my preparation though.

  • Firstly, I bought and used Michael Jang’s RHCSA/RHCE Linux Certificatrion Study Guide
  • Secondly, VTC’s RHCSA Tutorials is a must have…
  • Lastly, the rebranded distributions (CentOS and Scientific Linux, and probably others as well) are 99% identical (apart from branding) to Red Hat. I didn’t use Scientific Linux at all, but CentOS worked a charm for me. The repositories are free on the rebranded distributions – which is a big plus if you’re on a budget. I’ve heard mention though that you can get trial access to the Red Hat network. I did not try this though.Continue reading

For the sake of sanity, please do not take the following too serious. Someone forwarded it to me via email. I found it witty and had to repost

Who is scratching in my memory banks??

Q. Is there anything “odd” that FreeBSD does when compiling the kernel which would cause the memory to make a scratchy sound? When compiling (and for a brief moment after recognizing the floppy drive upon startup, as well), a strange scratchy sound emanates from what appears to be the memory banks.

A. Yes! You will see frequent references to “daemons” in the BSD documentation, and what most people do not know is that this refers to genuine, non-corporeal entities that now possess your computer. The scratchy sound coming from your memory is actually high-pitched whispering exchanged among the daemons as they best decide how to deal with various system administration tasks.

If the noise gets to you, a good fdisk /mbr from DOS will get rid of them, but do not be surprised if they react adversely and try to stop you. In fact, if at any point during the exercise you hear the satanic voice of Bill Gates coming from the built-in speaker, take off running and do not ever look back! Freed from the counterbalancing influence of the BSD daemons, the twin demons of DOS and Windows® are often able to re-assert total control over your machine to the eternal damnation of your soul. Now that you know, given a choice you would probably prefer to get used to the scratchy noises, no?
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