If you’re looking to expand your skills in information technology there’s no better way to do that at home than by using Linux. Why? Because Linux is very much like its counterpart operating system: Unix. What does that mean? Well, if you want to break into computer work, knowing Linux means money, dinero, pengar, dinheiro, get the picture? Why is that? Because by installing and running Linux on a computer at home you will be learning many of the basic skills of a systems administrator. I myself have developed at times a small “computer lab” consisting of two or three computers. The skills I’ve learned by using Linux in that setting have proven valuable because whether the computer environment you’re using consists to 2-3 computers or 2,000 – 3,000 computers the principles will be the same. The problems you encounter will be the same. The solutions you find to those problems will be the: SAME. Now, if you’re new to Linux just install it one on computer and get familiar with it. Laptops are very cheap nowadays and some vendors will give you the option of having Linux pre-installed for you. However, part of the learning experience is installing it yourself. As you get into Linux you’ll find many similarities with Windows and for the rest you’ll find suitable replacements for word processing and spreadsheets, etc. In the end, you’ll be finding that Linux is much more stable and faster than Windows.