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  • Free Software For a Small Country: Part Four - Patterns of Software Solutions

    By maddog on October 3, 2013

    Now that we have discussed why a “small country” needs Free Software, some ways of getting training, and how to find and organize people around Free and Open Source Software, we can discuss patterns of handling projects with Free Software.  Notice I said “patterns” and not “methods” -- they are...

  • Free Software For a Small Country: Part Three - Spreading the Love

    By maddog on June 20, 2013

    I have been told many times by managers, government officials or educators that “we have no FOSS here”, therefore “nobody knows FOSS”. This is just not true. In every country I have visited: FOSS is there. There are people who know it and use it. Look for them. The people may be in your banks, in...

  • Free Software For a Small Country: Part Two - The Training

    By maddog on June 13, 2013

    */ The goal of this series of blogs has been to demonstrate the need for Free and Open Source Software in a developing economy. Now we will talk about how to develop that expertise in FOSS.   We may assume that the potential IT people either can or can not program using closed-source computers,...

  • Free Software For a Small Country (Part One) - The Reasoning

    By maddog on June 6, 2013

    Many times I have been asked to travel to a country to talk to them about Free Software. Sometimes it is at the request of the government of the country and other times by the citizens of the country. Recently I was contacted by a person from a small country who wanted to know if Free Software...

  • 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...

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