Using Linux in a Training Environment

One company's experience using Linux as the operating system of choice for their training classes.
Presenting your Solution

Once a solid proposal has been constructed, present your case. Try to leave a solid impression of Linux with your attendees. Some key Linux points to hit on include:

  • POSIX compliance

  • 32-bit architecture

  • Cost savings

  • Availability of tools and software solutions

  • Network capabilities (TCP/IP, IPX, AX.25, etc.)

Unfortunately, most folks still perceive Linux as a toy. In your presentation, be sure to point out the efforts of major industry players, such as Caldera and WordPerfect. Let them know that Linux is quite capable of providing a solid solution for your organization.

Conclusion

Linux is a viable solution platform. Our nationwide network of training centers is a living testament to that statement. With the proper direction, its proliferation in the workplace can continue on an upward trend. The Linux operating system reminds me of an expansion baseball team. It has a lot of fans, but nowhere near the fan base of an established and proven team. It is young and full of promise, and one day, just maybe, it will win the pennant.

Scott Burkett is a full time C/Unix technical instructor for Decision Consultants, Inc. (DCI) (http://www.dcicorp.com/), one of the country's largest software services consulting firms. He has worked with a variety of languages on multiple platforms. Scott is one of the co-authors of the of The Linux Programmer's Guide , part of the Linux Documentation Project and the author of The Linux Bootkit. An accomplished webmaster, he has set up web sites for the Southeast Region of DCI (http://www.computerppl.com/) and The Tampa Bay Linux GNU Technical Society (http://www.intnet.net/). Scott can be reached through the Internet as burkebs@intnet.net.

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