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Linux Journal: Cooperating Geeks

Sep 23, 2001, 15:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jose Nazario)
"A few years ago, on a BBS I used to frequent, in a tech forum long since forgotten, one of the users asked a bunch of the regulars where they got their experience. "How does one learn routing, mail server administration or just heavy duty Perl?" That's a good question.

Most of us had learned it working at universities, where we learned admin skills on the job. However, this user's situation was slightly different--he was unable to go back to school and learn these skills. And without them there was little chance he could get a job at an ISP.

An idea popped into my head that I quickly suggested: a geek cooperative. Geeks forming their own ISP and learning those skills on the job.

The idea gained acceptance, but no one took on the idea. About a year later, I decided to pursue the idea with some local geeks I was affiliated with, and we've learned a lot more than simple system administration. Through various ups and downs, we've achieved more than I could have imagined, and impressed quite a number of people. It's an idea that I think could well serve a lot of geeks."

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