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  • The Third Language

    By maddog on May 28, 2013

    [Warning: Highly biased and opinionated text follows. Faint of heart, please skip.]   A short time ago I blogged about how “shell” should be the first language taught, due to its usefulness for systems administration, and its prevalence in *x (Unix, Linux, OS/X, etc.) systems of every type.   In...

  • Linux Essentials "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop in Southern California

    By slamberton on May 24, 2013

    From June 3-7th, The Mid-Pacific Information and Communication Technologies Center (MPICT) and the California Community Colleges ICT Collaborative is offering a free "Train-the-Trainer" workshop on Linux Essentials instruction for LPI alumni who are Linux trainers and teachers. The 4.5 day workshop...

  • LPI "Behind the Scenes": Skills Standards and the European e-Competence Framework

    By slamberton on May 6, 2013

    LPI alumni, and the individuals who take our exams, inherently recognize that IT certification is a valuable indicator of technology skills and knowledge. Rare is the IT professional who doesn't hold a number of IT certifications. These certifications indicate to employers, clients and colleagues...

  • How may I be of service?

    By maddog on April 30, 2013

    */ Recently I went to a conference of the SCAA, which is an organization that promotes good coffee, and the premier coffee industry. While at the conference for a day, I attended a talk called “Customer Service from the Barista" by Nathaniel May a “Coffee Educator” out of Portland (OR) Roasting...

  • LPI Exam Lab: Canakkale University, Turkey

    By slamberton on April 19, 2013

    During the fall academic term (October 2012-February 2013), computer engineering students of Canakkale University, Turkey were invited to participate in a training program on LPI-101 (one of two exams necessary for LPIC-1 certification).  Forty students participated in this training program...

  • Shell: A powerful first computer language

    By maddog on April 13, 2013

    */ On a recent phone call I was asked what I would recommend for a first computer language and I quickly responded: “Python”. While I believe many computer languages have places in modern day computing, “Python” is a good beginner language.   However, after a few seconds, I added: “But for Unix...

  • maddogs, Englishmen and Germans: CeBIT and a trip to the UK

    By maddog on March 20, 2013

    Author's Note: For those of you who are impatient, or short of time, and are only looking for “meat” in a blog entry, I have made those “meaty phrases” bold. Some phrases are in italics and you may want to read those too. You should definitely read the text that is both italicized and in bold. For...

  • Report on FOSSC-Oman' 2013

    By slamberton on March 1, 2013

    Last week, February 18-19, LPI representatives attended the Free & Open Source Software Conference in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (FOSSC-Oman’ 2013).  The conference was jointly organized by the Communication and Information Research Center (CIRC) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the...

  • Linux Essentials Update: SCALE11x, Birmingham City University-UK and Cebit 2013

    By slamberton on February 12, 2013

    Less than a year ago, LPI announced the launch of the Linux Essentials program at Cebit 2012 in Hannover, Germany.  The program has rapidly developed since that time and in anticipation of the one year anniversary of that announcement we are providing an update on some Linux Essentials' events...

  • Ten Reasons Why You Can't Use GNU/Linux

    By maddog on December 5, 2012

    Many years ago I was still working for Digital Equipment Corporation, but I was also going around the world talking about Free Software and GNU/Linux.   As I talked with people, they would come up to me and say “I would use Linux except it....” and they would go on and give their reason why they...

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