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NetworkWorld: Getting Linux-certified

May 03, 2000, 01:50 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Most networking professionals are probably familiar with certification programs for various operating systems and technologies. With more enterprises using Linux, several companies have started to offer Linux certification and training."

"Red Hat's Certified Engineer (RHCE) program is a five-day course that consists of four one-day labs followed by a certification test taken on the fifth day. ... However, the program has been criticized by some for its poor accessibility and high cost. The single-distribution focus of the training has also been at issue with some Linux users looking for certification options."

"For Linux certification and training that isn't tied to any specific distribution, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has less expensive certification test offerings. ... The beginning level certifies users beyond a basic help desk or power-user level of knowledge. ... The second level requires more in-depth study for people looking for a system administrator's level of certification. The third level is for certification in more advanced and specialized areas, such as database server administration or kernel and device driver development."

"Another option for distribution-neutral Linux certification is the Sair GNU and Linux Certification program. Similar to the LPI model, the program offers three levels of certification..."

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