training (was Resourceful BSD/Linux Network Administrator)
Jeremy C. Reed
reed at reedmedia.net
Mon Jul 5 07:02:00 PDT 2004
On Sun, 4 Jul 2004, Paul Robinson wrote:
> > I am meeting with LPI at the end of this month. LPI has "Linux" in their
> > name, but they hope to focus not specifically on Linux, but more on
> > certification for open source software, like Apache, LAMP, Perl, etc.
> I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. Seriously, go look at the quality
> of their content and accreditations. The traditional accreditation model
> does not hold up when it comes to open source. LPI are trying to position
> themselves as the "Vendor" in a vendor-certification, whereas it should be
> those involved in the project who is doing that.
> > I will be talking with them about Apache mainly, but also be discussing
> > *BSD certifications. And discussion working with them to run a job task
> > analysis.
> I strongly suspect that a user could get just as much learning out of
> reading the Handbook and a few other resources as they would with any of
> these courses, yet they would pay a huge amount of money for it, just to get
> some letters after their name that most employers don't recognise. Dangerous
> game in my opinion.
I have not idea what you are talking about. LPI does not offer any
courses. LPI purposely distances itself from any books, courseware, and
Also, LPI does not expect anyone to pay a huge a mount of money. In fact,
LPI is concerned with the amount paid now ($100 per cert) because of the
extreme expense in many countries. They hope to drastically reduce the
As for learning via reading: that is fine for many -- including myself.
But many students need the extra push by actually attending a structured,
hands-on class. Also classes, even running at a slow pace, can cover a
lot more than a student trying to self-teach themselves.
Jeremy C. Reed
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