I am writing to clear up your experience in Chicago. Ted is a character
and may not have
been clear about our job position in your area, I don't know I wasn't
there. Let me
describe what Linuxgruven does, and what our goals our and hopefully
this will make sense.
We provide technical support, software development , and training
nationwide. One of
the primary differences between us and other Linux/OSS companies is that
_on site_ support nationwide at a competitive rate. One of the obstacles
a company to provide that service is that there is not a large talent
pool of Linux
SA's to draw from. When we do find experienced Linux guru's we do hire
them, as long
as meet our criteria for field staff. So in order to grow as fast as we
need , we have
to 'convert' those who have been working on the M$ platform to Linux.
One thing that
our clients continually ask is whether our staff is certified. So we ask
candidates to get Linux certified before they come to work for us. We
have an internal
certification which is only available to our employees. We made this
internal so we
did not compete with LPI or SAIR.
We DO NOT make someone take our training to get the
job, they can self study, or go to another training center.
The _only_ reason we offer training is that some people aren't built to
they get more out of an instructor led class, and our training class is
compared to standard industry rates. BTW, it is not $2550 for two weeks it is $2500 for four weeks (80 hrs).
Some people have spent $7,000 -
$15,000 to get
there MCSE. Now that is a scam. Or they memorize study guides or use other 'tools' to help them pass the tests w/o actually knowing anything. With Linux, you can't fake it.
Open Source Courseware
Over and above the fact that we DO NOT require anyone to pay for our
have released our courseware on our website under the GNU Free Document
only that , it is an open source project , so everyone is invited to
now it is posted as doc files, that is going to change next week.
So to summarize:
1. We don't require you to pay for training to get a job.
2. You can get our courseware for free.
3. You don't have to pay to take our certification exam.
I don't know any other company that is providing that
opportunity to the community.
BTW, our certification exam is a two section exam covering
1. Installation and Configuration
2. Networking and Security
Each exam has both written and hands on components. I can forward exam
to you if you like. And if anyone is looking for a job and think they know
enough to take our test , please send me an email.
When we first started our company , we ran ads looking for Linux guru's
, but there
are so few out there, we got very little response. Also, we got alot of
13 year old
skateboarders who pretended to know Linux. This is a very unique point
in the Linux
industry. Two of the major complaints of business is that there is noone
Linux and there aren't enough applications. So right now it is a matter
of - If you
build it they will come.
As far as the Linux community goes, we are very active. We support our
sponsor GNU research at Washington University , and are creating a LUG
Fund to sponsor
activities nationwide. In addition to this , we are licensing all our
ware under the GFDL. This includes all the classes listed on our site (
which will be
updated soon ). Next , all software that we write for our clients
clustering and thin clients ( or any other area for that matter )will be
under the GPL, and submitted to the appropriate site for posting.
So I apologize if Ted was not clear, please let me know if you have
I would be glad to answer them.
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