Getting into a Unix role

Paul Truran paul at
Tue May 30 12:20:19 BST 2006

Hi all,

I'm looking about for a new job at the moment, and would like a bit of advice.
 I've working purely in the Microsoft world up to now, 1st 2nd and 3rd line
support for about a decade now.  However, I am quite interested in getting
into the Unix side of things.  I run my own FreeBSD server at home for stuff
like mail, ftp, remote access, SQL and various other stuff, and have also got
quite a bit of experience with various Linux distros, Solaris x86 etc.  I am
by no means a Unix expert, but I know most of the basics by now, and have
start playing arround with shell scripting recently.  However, there seem to
be little to zero entry level Unix roles going.
It seems they all want x years experince in this, or y years administering
that, which obviously I lack, as I have no commerical Unix experience at all.
 Anyone have any suggestions about how I might make a start in this field, or
am I doomed to the Wintel world forever?  I'm not expecting to stroll into a
Unix admin job, but it would be nice if there were some jobs that would give
me a path towards that.  Ideally I would like a role with both Windows and
Unix skills needed, but I have never even seen such a job advertised.
Any help, advice or suggestions are welcome!



Paul Truran 
paul at

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