"In 1999, Dr. Tobin Maginnis of the University of Mississippi
began work on a vendor-neutral Linux certification program under
the umbrella of his private company, Sair Inc. Pronounced zair,
the company name stands for Software Architecture Implementation
and Realization. Sair is offering its exams through Sylvan
Prometric testing centers worldwide. Sair has the backing of its
parent company, Wave Technologies, and an impressive list of
"Sair defines three Linux certification levels:
Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrator, or LCA. This level
is intended for certification of "power users and system
Sair Linux and GNU Certified Engineer, or LCE. Certified
Engineers are expected to be capable of being a "Linux System
Master Sair Linux and GNU Certified Engineer, or MLCE, which is
intended to represent a "Senior System Manager" with knowledge of
the "inner workings" of Linux systems."
"The certification level descriptions listed above may be a little
vague, but detail on their content is described in Sair's knowledge
matrices, devices used to organize the material for all twelve
exams in the series. Three matrices will eventually exist, although
only the Level I matrix is currently available."
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