"While the training market for proprietary operating
systems has shrunk during the past 12 months, demand for Linux
training seems to have escaped the downturn. Les Bell, author of
several Linux books, believes it is growing, and is launching two
Linux Professional Institute certification courses in Sydney and
"The market for training, like all IT, is a bit soft," he says.
"But for Linux training it's still growing slowly. We get people
from all areas - government, medical small business and
The Linux education market turns out to be very different from
the certification-driven world of commercial vendor product
training. This is because training for Linux is mainly seen as a
skills acquisition exercise rather than a prudent career move."