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Linux Foundation Reports on First End User Summit

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| Last week, the Linux Foundation held its first Linux Foundation End User
| Summit in New York. Representatives from many companies were in attendance,
| including Merrill Lynch, Fidelity, JPMorgan Chase, Dreamworks, the NYSE, and
| folks from the U.S. Navy were there, too. The folks at the Linux Foundation
| sent over some highlights of the summit, which you'll find here.


UK gains LPI affiliate

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| Bristol, UK based LinuxIT has joined the Global Affiliate Network of the
| Linux Professional Institute (LPI). In its capacity as an official LPI
| affiliate, LinuxIT has established an independent "LPI-UK" organization aimed
| at ensuring that "all UK Linux training is accredited under the LPI
| framework," LinuxIT CEO Peter Dawes-Huish said.



Interview With LPI's Jim Lacey

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| In the mid-1990s there was an attitude within some business circles that
| Linux as an operating system was something used by hobbyists or IT
| enthusiasts but was not really practical for the business environment. LPI
| was founded to counteract this attitude and to demonstrate the growing
| professionalism of Linux and Open Source users. Since that time, we've seen
| not only wide spread acceptance of Linux but also a growing demand for the
| Linux professional. LPI, as a vendor-independent certification, was very much
| part of this early effort to see Linux and Open Source accepted and adopted.


Advice for the MCSE: go back to school

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| Number one on that list is a simple reality: everything changes, and by
| betting against industry wide change you’re leaving yourself, your family,
| and even your community hostage to Microsoft’s continuing commercial success. *
| [...]
| Not many people like Microsoft - and there are better alternatives: Linux on
| the server side, MacOS X on the user side.
| Is it going to happen tomorrow? Probably not, but it will - and when it does
| a lot of today’s MCSEs will be caught out: essentially unemployable in
| comparable professional roles without significant, unanticipated, and
| uprooting personal change. *


For Linux admins, career options remain plentiful

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| Thanks for the advice, Brent. The future looks bright for Linux. Anything
| else you want to tell our readers?
| Don't worry about getting an MCSE, Linux is where it's at right now.


Thoughts on the Linux job market

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| IT jobs surveyThe Foote Partners report comparing average pay for certified
| IT skills versus non-certified IT skills got a lot of people talking. While
| news that the average salary for non-certified professionals was higher in
| the third quarter of 2007 came as a shock to some, others were not as
| surprised. * *


Noncertified IT pros make more than those with certified skills, report shows

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| A new report from industry research firm Foote Partners LLC finds that the
| average pay for noncertified IT skills topped that for certified
| professionals while compensation for IT jobs increased again in the third
| quarter of 2007. CEO and Chief Research Officer, David Foote calls this “a
| significant event” that has not occurred in the industry since 2000. * *


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| The Scary World of Linux Computers.
| Dunkelberger likely wasn't intending to suggest that the iPhone was
| running Linux, but instead that it is a full computing environment
| with multiple vectors for potential exploits to attack. It is
| interesting that he brought up Linux however, because it is a scary
| subject for IT staff beholden to Microsoft.
| The majority of Microsoft oriented corporate IT staff I've worked with
| have a sort of reverential fear of Linux. They like to talk about it
| in a respectful sort of way, but they are often afraid to actually use
| it. Deploying a Linux server without an outside support agreement is a
| very scary task to users who have felt safe for years in their
| codependent relationship with Microsoft.
| After investing tens of thousands of dollars into their troubled
| relationship, after spending sleepless nights nursing NT servers back
| to health after they fall off the wagon to binge on worms and the
| other malware they have a genetic propensity to be addicted to, after
| growing dependent upon calling up the Redmond Father's TechNet for
| advice on how to deal with the regular schizoid mania and subsequent
| crashing of Windows, it's difficult to start over with something
| entirely new.
| IT managers are a whipped bunch. Linux is an allure associated with
| danger, like a pretty girl on the bus who smiles at the haggard,
| middle aged family man. She's just being friendly, not inviting him
| into a blissful world. He knows he has to think about his commitments
| to Microsoft, all of the fighting that would have been for nothing,
| all of the holding back of hair that he's already dealt with and wants
| to use as credit toward an established relationship. It's too much
| starting over, too late in the game.

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