I'm not sure I agree that growth potential is necessarily brighter for Linux/UNIX professionals than for Windows professionals, either. Indeed growth rates may be bigger on the Linux/UNIX side, but absolute populations are still bigger on the Windows side of that equation.
Then, too, there's the issue of whether you'll be able to learn enough in one year not only to master a new and very different operating system, learn a complete new set of administrative tools, utilities, and interfaces, and finish one or more certifications all in the course of a single year.
My advice is to rethink either your goals or your time frame. If you stick to the time frame, Windows is really the only option. If you decide to switch to Linux/UNIX, you will probably have to give yourself more time than one year to reach your goals.
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