[BSDCert-Announce] BSD Certification Group Newsletter -- November 2006
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BSD Certification Group Newsletter
* 1 New Sponsors
* 2 New Webmaster
* 3 New BSDCG Member
* 4 Exam Weightings
* 5 Update on Test Delivery
* 6 Website Statistics
* 7 Mailing Lists
* 8 About this Newsletter
1 New Sponsors
We're pleased to announce two new bronze sponsors: The FreeBSD
Foundation and Marketbridge Technologies.
The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is
committed to supporting and building the FreeBSD Project and community
worldwide. The Foundation gratefully accepts donations from
individuals and businesses to help fund various activities to support
the project like managing intellectual property issues and funding
development projects, to supporting technical conferences and
developer collaboration. The Foundation board is comprised of
volunteers that are actively involved in FreeBSD and also respected
researchers in their areas of expertise.
Marketbridge Technologies is an advanced technology firm specializing
in network, security consulting and training. Marketbridge provides
strong expertise in open source and industry/vendor specific
technologies. Marketbridge performs onsite and local instruction,
including consulting services, throughout North America.
Keep an eye on the Sponsors page of the website as several other
sponsors will be added over the next few weeks. If your company is
interested in sponsorship, please use the contact form on the website
to request details.
2 New Webmaster
Randi Harper has accepted the position as the BSDCG web developer.
Many thanks to those who applied for this volunteer position and to
the retiring webmaster, genoverly, for all of his great work in the
3 New BSDCG Member
Axel Gruner, a member of the BSDCG German translation team since its
formation, has recently joined the BSDCG as a voting member. His
updated bio is in the BSDCG section of the Meet Us page of the
4 Exam Weightings
The exam weightings for the seven BSDA Study Domains have been
determined from our psychometrician's analysis and will be added to
the Certification page of the website. They are:
Installing & Upgrading the OS and Software
Securing the Operating System
Files, Filesystems and Disks
Users and Accounts Management
Basic System Administration
Basic Unix Skills
Detailed exam objectives for the Study Domains can be found in the
BSDA Certification Requirements PDF which is available for download
from the Certification page of the website. The initial BSDA exam will
contain 100 questions, meaning you can expect 13 questions assessing
the objectives listed under the Installing domain, 11 questions
assessing the objectives listed under the Securing domain, and so on.
Details regarding the type of questions, including sample questions,
will be published once the test delivery solution is finalized. The
required passing score will be published once the initial psychometric
analysis of the exam questions is complete.
5 Update on Test Delivery
Due to the high costs associated with commercial online test delivery
solutions, the BSDCG has assembled a development team to create a
custom solution. Sponsorship will definitely speed up development
time; if your company is interested in providing either developers or
financial assistance, please contact the Chair using the contact page
of the website.
We should have more details regarding test delivery, test
availability, and test cost by the end of the year.
6 Website Statistics
Online webstats are available at
7 Mailing Lists
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8 About this Newsletter
The BSD Certification Group newsletter is published every month, near
the middle of the month.
Thank you to Dru Lavigne for contributing to this newsletter. The
editor is Jeremy C. Reed.
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