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The free software world is about doing and making, not ticking boxes, so it’s possible to get started in your FOSS career without a degree in computer science. IT is still a new field, sucking in people from other disciplines as it grows. But as large firms’ HR departments often insist on a certificated three years of studying, is it still viable to just jump into a job with a free software firm, even with no degree?

If systems administration is a pragmatic, wing-and-a-prayer sort of discipline, it’s natural that those of a practical bent – who can keep calm under pressure, dive into a problem at different levels of detail, think laterally and learn vary quickly from man pages and Google – should positively thrive managing servers running an ever-changing roster of critical services. Given the continual growth of young hosting companies, open-minded employers – based not just in the capital – are also a given.

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    The conventional wisdom of Linux containers is that each service should run in its own container. Containers should be stateless and have short lifecycles. You should build a container once, and replace it when you need to update its contents rather than updating it interactively. Most importantly, your containers should be disposable and pets are decidedly not disposable. Thus the conventional wisdom is if your containers are pets, you’re doing it wrong. I’m here to gently disagree with that, and say that you should feel free to put your pets in containers if it works for you.