[Linux-aus] Re: Ubuntu Certification (was: lca2005 CD)

Matt Palmer mpalmer at hezmatt.org
Wed Apr 5 16:00:02 UTC 2006

On Wed, Apr 05, 2006 at 11:59:16AM +1000, Steve Walsh wrote:
> Now forgive me if I'm wrong, and please be nice enough to flame me off
> list if I am, but I was under the impression the LPI's were meant to be
> Vendor Neutral. By introducing a vendor specific exam into the LPI stream,
> isn't this just moving the LPI's away from their Benefit ie - A means of
> measuring the certified person's knowledge of the core linux kernel and
> subsystem. ?

I think there's a difference between "vendor neutral" and "least common
denominator".  LPI states they are the former, whereas you seem to be
describing the latter.

Having recently done the LPI 101 and 102 exams (for pure shits and giggles,
I can assure you), I think that this sort of thing is a huge step forward. 
If we could get a RH equivalent of this 103 test, it could actually result
in a jump in the quality of the 101 and 102 exams -- they could do much
better at finding that lowest-common-denominator for those exams, and leave
all of the distro-specific stuff for the 103s.

Then, as Jeff says, you do common 101 and 102 exams, and then get your
choice of 103s in whatever flavours you think you need to show your
knowledge of.

> For LPI, certification is not a marketing tool to push product."

This is what LPI are talking about when they speak of vendor neutrality. 
There's no hidden agenda with certifying through LPI.

- Matt

I seem to have my life in reverse. When I was a wee'un, it seemed perfectly
normal that one could pick up the phone and speak to anybody else in the
world who also has a phone. Now I'm older and more experienced, I'm amazed
that this could possibly work. -- Peter Corlett, in the Monastery

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