Well I went down to Salinas today and took my $191 certification test for Linux+. I passed it. So, what’s this for? Well, this fills the Government requirement, DoD Directive 8570, showing that I am now qualified to work on the computers I helped design and build. Seriously. I’m not kidding. Without this check in the check box I would not be considered qualified to work on the tiny, piddly, little clusters I’m currently building. Go figure.

I’m not sure how the scoring works on these things. There are 98 questions total and the scoring is  “a scaled score between 100 and 900”. Why this confuses me is that with the practice tests I always seemed to get one or two wrong, but on the final test today I got a score of 900 out of possible 900 again. That’s twice in a row. The Security+ test and now the Linux+ test. I’m thinking there must be some slop in the system or something.

Anyhow, I passed. Now I just wait for the systems to catch up so I can get my actual Cert. Oh the joy.

Oh Ya. Besides filling a check box, about the only thing my $191 per cert gets me is permission to show another one of these on my business cards, resume, etc. Only it will say Linux+. Somewhere I still have one for AIX also.

Security+ Certified