I signed up for a Linux Administration certification program, because I thought it would be fun, and because Amazon Web Services is a Linux house, which is geek for “we use a lot of Linux around the place.”
So I walk into the classroom and I was the only girl…by a lot. That’s really the only way I can explain it. Not only were the other 25 people in the room male, but they were all the same kind of male. Geek alpha male, Linux flavored.
No one else had multicolored hair, or was knitting, or played roller derby. They all looked at me like, “I think you might be in the wrong room.” And I looked at them like, “I think I might be in the wrong room.” I mean, where were the other women who think taking Linux certification classes is a fun career enhancer? Am I really alone in this?
After I got used to the culture shock, eased in part by Ken, my 50-something lab partner who was a real sweetie, I had fun. The instructor was in his late 20s or early thirties and uses Hadoop in his work (an open-source, big-data thing that’s also part of my work.) And it was good to finally start learning about this side eddy of the web that’s eluded me thus far.
I loved that the class is hands on. The very first day I got to install Debian 6 (a flavor of Linux) and set up boot, swap, and storage partitions. I mean, what’s not fun about that?
Next class we get to learn the GNU commands…