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The University of Linux

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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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