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Jake Milhon

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Good Afternoon,

As you can tell from the location of this thread, I am a new member of linux.org. I have used linux on my personal devices off and on for a few years, just kind of playing with it really. I have recently really been drawn to learning more about it. Specifically, linux server administration in an enterprise environment. I am currently going through the edx.org course "Introduction to Linux,".

A brief professional background history: I started in networking when I joined the military in 2012. I enlisted as a 25B (Information Technology Specialist). I quickly got a job as a Network Specialist with SAIC, and was a member of their ITS team in the NSOC which handled internal networking issues. When SAIC split into two companies (SAIC, and Leidos) I migrated over to Leidos. After that I moved on to a very small MSP in southern MO. I worked there as a Network Admin for a little while, then moved on to work for Windstream. I worked for Windstream as a Network Analyst in their Test and Turn-Up department. I worked on some very exciting/stressful projects expanding Windstreams service area. A quick google search of Windstream will let you know why I decided to ultimately leave. I now currently work for a much smaller ISP as a Network Services Analyst.

I am looking forward to learning/working more with Linux and hope to one day be able to contribute back to this community.

--Jake Milhon
 


atanere

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Hi Jake, and welcome to the site! You should fit right in with TCP/IP networking in Linux. If you have any problems, open a new thread in one of the forums and ask your question(s) there. Getting Started is usually a good choice unless you have something specific... like networking, or security, etc.

Cheers
 

Jake Milhon

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Welcome aboard, mate! So which distribution did you decide to use at home?

Happy Trails,
Paul
I am currently using LXLE OS 16.04.3. I have Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7, and openSUSE Leap 42.3, all running in virtual machines that I use for experimenting and learning on. Those were all recommended from the course I am going through.

What distro are to you currently using?
 

atanere

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A very nice mix... learning different major package managers in each (except LXLE and Ubuntu use the same). I might would recommend one more virtual machine for yet another package management system: Manjaro (based on Arch Linux).

Cheers
 

VP9KS

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I am currently using LXLE OS 16.04.3. I have Ubuntu 16.04, CentOS 7, and openSUSE Leap 42.3, all running in virtual machines that I use for experimenting and learning on. Those were all recommended from the course I am going through.

What distro are to you currently using?
Well, I mostly use Slackware 14.2 with the KDE desktop, but I also play around with Mint Cinnamon 18.3, Peppermint, Lite, and Puppy, to name just a few. Unlike most on the forum, I use individual smaller drives mounted in caddies (nine in total, plus 3 external USB Hard drives, and numerous USB sticks), so I only have one locked into the "Lab" computer at a time. I just like to experiment! I also have both Win 7:eek: and XP:eek: in caddies, although they rarely are used, except to update my GPS, program Basic Stamps, or run Quicken. I like Linux so much better, and feel much more comfortable with it.

Happy Trails,:)
Paul
 
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atanere

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I also have both Win 7:eek: and XP:eek: in caddies, although they rarely are used, except to... run Quicken.
Just a short off-topic comment... Paul, you might try Quicken under Wine or PlayOnLinux, if you have an older version. I'm using Quicken Deluxe 2004 and it works nicely.

Cheers
 

VP9KS

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Just a short off-topic comment... Paul, you might try Quicken under Wine or PlayOnLinux, if you have an older version. I'm using Quicken Deluxe 2004 and it works nicely.

Cheers
Same here, although it is the "new user edition", I'll try that. Thanks mate!

Happy Trails
Paul
 

VP9KS

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Going along with my earlier post, about using individual smaller drives in caddies, I found a new mounting system which may make that easier. It is called the "Flexidock MB524SP-B", and it is marketed by a company called Icydock. It allows the selection of any or all of four 2.5 inch sata drives. You load and eject the individual drives like they were floppies, and they are hot swappable! Looks like a really cool unit. There are multiple versions available, but I prefer this one. Perhaps I will try it sometime in the near future.:cool::cool: Check out the Youtube video.

Happy Trails
Paul

Oh, yeah, and it fits into a 5 1/4 external drive bay.:D:p
 
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1of7

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As for something a little closer to this thread; has anyone heard of a way to gang 250 GB sd cards together? The sd cards a goin' for <$80 US.
 

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