Linux training takes off

When a heavyweight like IBM supports Linux from thin client up to the S/390 enterprise server, and vendors like SAP and Oracle are porting their software to Linux, then it's clear Linux has achieved credibility status. Along with this status comes education and certification that demonstrates a person has the capabilities of a qualified Linux proponent. Education of the corporate market is also needed before Linux can reach a critical mass.

Charles Hogson, managing director of Scirocco, said, "‘Propeller heads' already know Linux and now we need to educate the corporate decision-makers about Linux and what it can do, especially in the Web area. We tailor-make courses for customers and the courses are entirely dependent on what they want to do. I see the momentum for training in Linux building up in the next three months, but it is early days yet."

Tales from the tutorials

Linux is acknowledged as the world where ‘propeller heads' are in their element, but even they can learn some new tricks. RedHat has recently introduced a number of Linux courses in Australia, one of which leads to Linux certification.

Ed Lenta, sales and marketing manager for LinuxPlaza in Sydney, sent two of his engineers to the RedHat certification course and was pleasantly surprised at the information gleaned from the course. "They certainly were not green when they did the course, and they had significant experience with RedHat and other Linux systems before they started.

"They have come out with Linux certification, which will give them the confidence in their own capabilities to troubleshoot for our clients, and, in turn, certification is a confidence-booster in our customers' eyes. LinuxPlaza runs a Web site where it provides, among other things, resources and support. It is imperative we have engineers who are properly skilled at the back end to provide this support."

AUUG Conference

The Australian Unix Users Group (AUUG) conference on at the end of June will have a strong Linux component and includes a number of tuto-rials. Frank Crawford, program chair for the conference and systems support manager at Australian Nuclear Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO), nominated two tutorials as must-attends. They are the net filter modules by the author of Advanced Firewall for Linux, Paul Russell, and the paper by the chief technical officer of SuSe, Dirk Hohndel.

Crawford said, "ANSTO uses Linux and says the use of Linux is growing rapidly from the bottom up into the commercial world."

While not wholeheartedly endorsing the RedHat certification, Crawford said, "The program looks pretty good." The RedHat certification takes five days in all, with four days of intensive study followed by a closed book examination to demonstrate what you can do with Linux on live equipment. The certification costs $3395 and includes the examination.

Mark White, managing director for RedHat (Asia Pacific operations), said, "The certification is equivalent to a Microsoft Systems Certified Engineer (MSCE) and was instigated in response to demand from Linux developers."

Online learning

SmartForce provides online training programs in Linux. SmartForce's e-learning offerings for the Linux open source operating system curriculum will support the Linux certification paths being defined by the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-neutral Linux certification organisation, as well as RedHat's RHCE Linux certification.

Brian Kelly, general manager of SmartForce Australia, said, "The e-learning Linux courses will help system administrators and technical users with current content to develop and enhance skills necessary to meet the growing need of Linux professionals."

A variety of other learning events for Linux include streaming media SmartSeminars; online 24-hour 7-day access to mentoring by subject matter experts; and articles and white papers from SmartForce. SGI will customise and deliver courses on site for customers and is in the process of extending its Linux curriculum. In the pipeline are Building and Securing Your Internet Presence on Linux, Firewalls and Perimeter Networks Using Linux, and Web Hosting on Linux using Apache. on course

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Merri Mack

PC World
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?