SAIR LINUX & GNU CERTIFICATION
NEWSLETTER ISSUE 5
Dear Sair Linux & GNU Supporters:
It's shaping up to be an eventful and exciting summer for Sair
Linux and GNU Certification. Corporate training centers are
signing up as Sair Accredited Centers of Education around the
U.S., Europe and Australia. In addition, Sair will have a strong
presence at a number of major Linux conferences this summer,
including Global Linux 2000 in Seoul, Korea June 14-17, and the
Linux World Conference and Expo in San Jose, Calif. Aug. 15-1.
As the Sair Linux and GNU Certification program continues to
grow, it's more important than ever to receive feedback and
participation from the Linux community. We welcome your comments
The Sair Linux and GNU Team
Sair, Inc. Acquired by Thomson Corporation
Sair, Inc. has been acquired by a billion-dollar, multinational
company, The Thomson Corporation, as part of a larger buy-out
agreement between Thomson and Wave Technologies, Sair, Inc.'s
With 1999 revenues of $5.8 billion, The Thomson Corporation,
headquartered in Canada, is one of the world's leading e-
information and solutions companies. Thomson, which operates
mainly in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, acquired Wave
Technologies in March.
Sair Linux and GNU remains an independent and wholly owned
subsidiary of Wave. "This new arrangement provides our company
with the resources and funding of a global business giant while
allowing us to maintain our distribution-neutral status," said
Sair, Inc. founder and CEO Dr. Tobin Maginnis. "It opens up a new
world of exciting possibilities both for Sair and for the open-
source community as a whole."
Sair to Lead Seminars at Global Linux 2000
Sair, Inc. will conduct a full track of seminars at the Global
Linux 2000 Exhibition and Conference, to be held June 14-17 in
Seoul, Korea. Sair will lead six half-day seminars two per day
for three days covering a range of Linux topics. The event,
hosted by Korea's Ministry of Information and Communication, will
be the first large-scale global Linux fair in Asia and is
expected to draw 10,000 to 15,000 participants. It's aimed at
bringing professional Korean Linux/GNU-related companies together
with overseas companies and investors to share ideas and
knowledge and to explore new business opportunities.
"We are excited to have Sair's participation in this milestone
event," said Timothy Ney, managing officer of the Free Software
Foundation and conference chair for Global Linux 2000. "The
Korean government has officially endorsed Linux as the business
operating system of the future and wants to make Korea a Linux
and GNU center. As a company, Sair has made a commitment to the
goals and ideals of the free software movement while advancing
the cause of Linux and GNU in the global business community
through the Sair Linux and GNU Certification program. Thus, it's
only fitting that Sair take a leading role at this conference."
Sair representatives will lead seminars on topics ranging from
Samba and Apache software to kernel optimizations, advanced
network configurations, free and open-source database options and
the X Window System.
Various leading Linux figures from around the world are expected
to participate in the event. Keynote speakers include Richard
Stallman, founder of the GNU Project and one of the leaders of
the free software movement, and Eric Raymond, a Linux pioneer,
consultant and author of several books dealing with open-source
systems. Both Stallman and Raymond are members of the Sair Linux
and GNU Certification Advisory Board.
Sair to Offer Free Boot Camps, Testing at LinuxWorld
LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, the world's leading Linux
convention and trade show, has selected Sair Linux and GNU
Certification to deliver on-site Linux training and certification
at its upcoming convention Aug. 14-17 in San Jose, Calif. Sair
will offer free boot camps and testing for the Sair Linux and GNU
Certified Administrator (LCA) level during all four days of the
"LinuxWorld is proud to endorse Sair Linux and GNU Certification
and to include it in our conference," said Rob Scheschareg, vice
president of events for LinuxWorld. "Sair's program is
recognized worldwide as a proven leader in quality, vendor-
neutral Linux education. We look forward to working with Sair to
promote their program and provide it to our show participants."
The free offer, valued at $5,100, is available only to pre-
registered conference attendees. Sair Linux and GNU Certification
training materials for the LCA level will be mailed to those
participants prior to the event. The LinuxWorld program will
include in-depth reviews of the materials, immediately followed
by Sair Linux and GNU testing delivered by Thomson Prometric.
Reviews and exams will be offered consecutively over all four
days of the conference and will last about two-and-a-half hours
per module. All modules of the LCA level will be covered each
day, including Linux Installation, System Administration, Network
Connectivity and Security, Privacy and Ethics. To accommodate
attendees' schedules, the boot camps and testing may be taken in
any order. However, to receive free testing on a specific layer,
the participant must first attend the corresponding boot camp.
Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Numerous partners of the Sair Linux and GNU program will
participate in the on-site program at LinuxWorld. Among them are
Thomson Prometric, Productivity Point International and the
Compaq Computer Corporation.
The World's First Sair LCAs Earn Certification
The entire Sair team would like to congratulate the world's first
Sair Linux and GNU Certified Administrators! These IT
professionals have worked diligently and passed all four Level 1
tests, including Installation and Configuration, System
Administration, Networking and Security and Privacy and Ethics.
We applaud their efforts and salute them for a job well done.
This first group of LCAs definitely won't be the last. Thanks to
Sair's partnership with Thomson Prometric, the leading worldwide
provider of technology-based testing and assessment services, the
Sair Linux and GNU program has become a global crusade. Computer
professionals are signing up for the exams at more than 2,900
Sylvan testing centers in 141 countries.
Sair Linux and GNU Certification consists of three levels, each
containing four exams. The three levels include Level 1
Certified Administrator (LCA); Level II Certified Engineer
(LCE); and Level III Master Certified Engineer. Sair has a
contract with Sylvan Prometric for delivery of all 12 Sair Linux
and GNU exams.
Knowledge Matrix Updated and Reformatted
The Knowledge Matrix has been updated to include more detailed
explanations. We believe the additions will better serve those
interested in Sair Linux & GNU Certification. It has also been
reformatted for easier navigation. We invite you to review the
knowledge matrix at http://www.linuxcertification.com/kb.php3.
Please feel free to contact us with comments, questions or
suggested revisions or additions at questions at sairinc.com. All
comments will receive a prompt response.
Level I System Administration Manual Ready for ACE's
Sair Linux & GNU is pleased to announce that beta testing has
been completed on the first edition of the Level I System
Administration Manual. We have received many positive reviews and
look forward to further constructive feedback. The System
Administration Manual is ...
For more information about attending a System Administration
instructor-led training course, contact a corporate training
center in your area. Ask specifically for the Sair Linux and GNU
Certification Program. If your local training center doesn't
presently offer Sair Linux and GNU training, please contact Sair,
Inc. and let us know. Maybe we can change their minds!
Individual training centers interested in obtaining System
Administration course materials should contact Hollis Green at
hollisg at sairinc.com.
Level 1 Networking Manual Under Development
Development of the Level I Networking Manual is now in progress.
The manual will be a full-featured Linux-specific networking
manual. It will cover the latest networking tools available to
the administrator and the most recent advancements in network
technology. Beta testing of the course should be completed and
materials made available to training centers within 45 days.
Contact your local training center for information on available
Wiley Level I System Administration Self-Study Guide Available Soon
Our second self-study guide, Level I System Administration, will
be entering production soon. The Study Guide has been sent to
John Wiley Computer Publishing for final reviews and should be
available to the public in the near future. Check your local or
area bookstore or order the guide online at www.amazon.com.
Have you received your ID?
Wallet IDs are in production and will be shipped for all LCPs
(Sair Linux & GNU Certified Professionals), LCAs (Sair Linux &
GNU Certified Administrators), and LCIs (Sair Linux & GNU
Certified Instructors). If you have earned certification in any
of the above categories and haven't yet received your wallet ID,
please let us know through e-mail at questions at sairinc.com or
call us at 1.800.821.4373.
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