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FairfaxIT: Linux training starting to pick up steam

Sep 15, 1999, 01:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"war is about to break out in IT classrooms around the world"

"Trainers, faced with massive demand for their services from businesses suffering an unprecedented IT skills deficit, are making hard decisions about what platforms they will support. It mirrors the corporate world, where IT departments choose the best strategy to get more done with fewer resources."

"One of Australia's biggest trainers, Com Tech Education Services, said open source "is not appearing on their radar"

"The lack of open source training offered by big course providers like Com Tech draws the ire of Linux International executive director, Jon Hall. Addressing several hundred delegates at an open source convention held at Monash University in July, he identified this unwillingness as further evidence of Microsoft's alleged monopoly."

"So what will the trainers do with their excess classrooms while the world sits and waits for Microsoft to get Windows 2000 ready?"

"Increasingly clients are demanding open source alongside established proprietary standards. Linux, Sendmail, SAMBA, and Apache Web server are chief."

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