Importance of knowing linux when trying to get a c programming position

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    Question Importance of knowing linux when trying to get a c programming position

    Hello, I'm going through c corporate training, and hopefully I can get a c entry level position afterwards.

    We're doing a majority of our programming on a windows o.s.

    But it seems to me that a good number of companies use linux based o.s.'s

    Will knowing linux help me out as much as I think it will. Do you need to be an expert in linux, or just know your way around.

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    I am fairly close to graduation so I have been looking into the job market in my area recently. A lot of companies that are hiring for C/C++ do mention UNIX a lot. I haven't read anything about linux period, but of course from what I hear there isn't a huge difference (I wouldn't know I have never run a linux machine but I had to take a year of UNIX based classes in school).

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    I'm learning Linux right now. It's probably the perfect time to start because it's very easy to install, and the desktops are better than Microsoft based OS desktops. Linux has come a long way toward being user friendly. The Linux shells are very important because they are powerful like Unix. I recently found out not to install all of the packages but rather to be more conservative (I only installed 1000 packages).

    The Linux OS is hands down the best. As a programmer it's not to your advantage to be using Microsoft. You don't learn anything on that OS. Step up and use a networking operating system like *nix. Linux is probably better than *nix though because of the great desktops, especially KDE or Gnome.

    It's not scary to install, just download the .iso images and burn each one to CD as an .iso image. Than throw the first disk in and reboot. Follow on screen instructions. You will not believe your eyes when you see what an awesome OS Linux is.

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    > the desktops are better than Microsoft based OS desktops.

    Bzzzt! You lose! Next, please!

    Terrance - the OS being used is going to mainly depend on what sort of work is being done specifically where you are. Knowledge of *nix hasn't helped me at all, yet, but I'd suppose most of the people in my office don't even know what Unix is.

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    I don't know of any better desktops out there than Gnome and KDE. I simply have the best graphics and the most programs in any category you can think of. I would never go back to my preschool training on Microsoft desktops. Linux is a real operating system.

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    Linux may be a real OS or whatever, but there's no way you can argue the UI is better on Linux.

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    ah but he will.... he's Dean
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    www.gnome.org
    www.kde.org

    Both sites have screenshots of their respecive desktops. I am saying this in all honesty, I find Gome to be more flexible and more powerful than any Microsoft desktop. It also offers about ten or fifteen times as many applications. How on earth can I leave it? Gnome is my favorite, although when I first started with Linux I liked KDE better. It's strange but Gnome shone through in the end.

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    Originally posted by Govtcheez
    Linux may be a real OS or whatever, but there's no way you can argue the UI is better on Linux.
    The desktop (GUI) is much better on Linux. There is absolutely no question about it. Maybe you used an old version of Linux or something. I can't figure out why you think that the Microsoft desktop is so good. It's way too inflexible for my liking, and you have no choice of applications. I can make an exact replica of WindowsXP on KDE but there are much better themes out there. In terms of useability, Linux is stronger because it has so many more applications. My favorite browser is Galeon, and I'm using Ximian Evolution for my mail client. I also like the software update on RedHat the best. I'm telling the truth, I think that the Linux desktops are the best I've ever used.

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    What are you using a GUI for on Linux anyway? When I took Linux the prof would remove any gui's he found. Command line, that's the way to go for real linux.
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    Troll if linux is the best becusae it has the best shells, then maybe you might want to get a new shell for windows. I'm sure you know how to do a search on google.
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    You don't have to know linux good enough to be an administrator
    but you should be good enough to use make, emacs, grep, the c compiler, man, info. I think most of the positions that require
    unix c experience want you to know how to do sockets and threads. There's an online book that is called advance linux programming
    http://www.advancedlinuxprogramming.com/
    that covers just about all of these things. Another
    book that's suppose to be good is the unix programming environment.
    The difference between linux and unix isn't too big. I've done simple standard c programs on solaris, irix and linux and have
    had no trouble compiling on them.

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    I bet that you think you know everything, LOL. I'd like you to try to say something like that to me in person. Stop hiding behind your computer you pencil neck.

    Why are so many *nix users cry babies? Did I hurt your little feelings? Waaa!
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    wow, gnome looks awesome...

    i'm sick of windows. Linux seems gets more appealing every time i see it.

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