Re: [Nolug] Systems Engineer (Unix/Linux)

From: Clint Billedeaux <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:35:14 -0600
Message-ID: <>

I guess that settles it then. Not that it should have gotten this far.

Best Practice: if you want the job, assume the potential employer is
testing you and do what you can to pass the test. Otherwise, stop
complaining, don't send anything, and stop making the *nix community look
like a bunch of uncooperative juveniles.


On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 4:14 PM, Jimmy Hess <> wrote:

> On Sat, Jan 14, 2012 at 4:05 AM, Gilberto Martins <
>> wrote:
>> I do not use Windows, thus I have no Word installed (Office via wine
>> is really not the same, nor correct if I do not have to pay for it).
> I can appreciate that, but many businesses have adopted Word as their
> standard word processor for many business functions, including policy
> documents and HR's work.
> It's likely that even a Linux/UNIX system engineer hired in many
> organizations would have to use Word and other Windows software to
> communicate with users that have Windows on the desktop.
> Yes, I can write in OOffice and save in Word format. But everybody
>> knows that this file read in Office most always is not okay, or well
>> formated.
>> Worst, MS Office format is not a world standard. PDF is.
> If you don't have a single Windows system, then I would suggest borrowing
> the use of a friend's computer to type the document; hire someone else to
> do the document work, rent a Windows laptop, find a library with a Windows
> PC available for public use, etc.
> If I were hiring for a UNIX system engineer post; I sure wouldn't be
> very interested in an applicant who was so Windows-resistant that they
> couldn't get such a simple task done within requirements.
> There are lots of ways to get the document made without failing to meet
> requirements, installing Windows on your PC, or having to utilize a
> suboptimal solution.
> Just sending a PDF, at least without calling to ask for permission first,
> would send a message that you just didn't care enough. "The
> client/employer has to accommodate your needs instead of vice-versa".
> Gilberto Martins
>> --
> -JH

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