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Red Hat Linux to certify schoolkids

Linux to knock bricks from Microsoft's wall
Tue Feb 04 2003, 16:50
A GOOD LINUX ADMINISTRATOR can be hard to find but Red Hat has announced a cracking solution. Red Hat Academy is designed to allow schools, colleges and universities to teach an academic version of the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) training and certification.

The scheme allows educators to deliver courses and administer the Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) exam. The certificates will count as a genuine Red Hat qualification, the sort of thing that students could find very useful when out looking for a job. The courses allow students to gain certified experience in subjects such as system administration, network engineering, C or C++ programming, databases, web development, PC repair and forensic computing.

Red Hat has set itself on a collision course with Microsoft's MSCE training program that the latter will find hard to compete against. "The costs and legal burden of proprietary software for education are becoming unsupportable" says Red Hat. The idea of school leavers starting their first job with an RHCE certificate already under their belt is sure to give Microsoft sleepless nights.

Red Hat hasn't stated how much it would cost per student to run a course but, given that the schools and colleges can give students free copies of Linux, the cost is likely to be low. From a teacher's point of view, the whole idea should seem wonderful, all the course materials are there already. The scheme is open to non-profit education establishments. µ


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