EarthWeb: Prime Time Linux, Part IIMar 07, 2001, 14:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Curley)
"A key part of support is training. All of the major distributors now offer classes for their products. For example, since early 1998, SuSE has had its own training center in Munich, Germany, where it also certifies Linux instructors. SuSE also offers classes elsewhere in Europe. Similarly, American distributors like Caldera offer classes all over North America. If you want distribution-independent classes, you can also apply to independent firms like Guru Labs, L.C. in West Bountiful, Utah."
"Furthermore, there is nothing that says you have to have anyone trained especially for Linux. UNIX experience ports very well to Linux, as do most UNIX applications. A UNIX professional will already be familiar with Linux's industry-standard tools, such as sendmail, emacs, and gcc. When CIN member Gergely Tapolyai was CIO at a Cleveland, Ohio-based investment company, he had four programmers. He says that most good C programmers have some UNIX experience."
"Tapolyai is now global network and telecommunications director at IMG Worldwide. In addition to the usual services, such as desktop computers, his former department provides the investment company with its automatic financial clearing capabilities. Computers at Tapolyai's former department exchange data with other financial institutions over the Internet. In addition to the fiduciary responsibility he had toward the investment company's customers, Tapolyai has state and federal financial regulations to meet. About four years ago, he experimented with Linux and built a server that now handles all of the investment company's Internet transactions."