[BSDCert-Announce] Newsletter from BSD Certification Group (April 2007)
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BSD Certification Group Newsletter
* 1 New BSDCG Members
* 2 SME Policy
* 3 Upcoming BSDA Beta Exams
* 4 BSDA at LinuxTag
* 5 BSDwiki Study Guide Status
* 6 Website Statistics
* 7 Mailing Lists
* 8 About this Newsletter
1 New BSDCG Members
We're pleased to welcome two new BSDCG members from the OpenBSD
community: Jason Dixon and Wim Vandeputte. Their bios should show up
shortly on the Meet Us page of the website.
2 SME Policy
An SME Policy has been drafted and will be published on the BSDCG page
of the website. The policy includes the measures taken to protect the
integrity of the exam questions and details the roles and access
privileges of those involved in creating the exam.
SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) assist in question writing and verifying
the technical accuracy of the questions and answers. They work closely
with the psychometrician to ensure the questions are fair and match
the exam objectives and the intended exam audience. The BSDCG is
fortunate to have SMEs representing each of the BSD projects. The SMEs
for the initial BSDA exam are:
* Jim Brown
* Jason Dixon
* Hubert Feyrer
* Liam Foy
* Mikel King
* Dan Langille
* Dru Lavigne
* Brad Schonhorst
The psychometrician is Sandra Dolan, PhD.
3 Upcoming BSDA Beta Exams
We'll be announcing shortly the details and registration link for the
upcoming BSDA beta exam. We have been able to confirm the following
* [BSDCan:] Ottawa, Canada, May 18 and 19
* [LinuxTag:] Berlin, Germany, May 30, June 1, and June 2
* [Mohawk College:] Hamilton, Canada
* [FreeBSD Brazil-LTDA:] Bela Horizonte, Brazil (and maybe Sao
Stay tuned to the mailing list for the official announcement.
4 BSDA at LinuxTag
LinuxTag, held every summer in Germany, is said to be the largest free
software expo in Europe. This year it will he held from May 30 to June
There will be a BSDCG booth managed by allbsd.de. (It might be shared
As mentioned above, the BSDA Beta Exam will be offered at LinuxTag.
Stay tuned for details.
In addition, Machtelt Garrels will be giving a report on the status of
our BSD Certification. The abstract of the talk includes:
* Why yac (yet another certification)?
* Progress report: where do we stand, available languages, can I do
the exam in my country, sponsors and the cost of developing exams,
what certifications are available and which are planned?
* What do you need to know? Who is the intended audience? An
overview of the exam objectives in the categories of system
administration, installing and upgrading, security, files and file
systems, user account management, network administration and UNIX
skills. Commitment to testing real-world skills, not just a paper
exam. Who defined these objectives? An overview of the Task Survey
* Study resources: where can you find training materials, how to
prepare for the exam.
* Testing methodology, the importance of using psychometrics.
5 BSDwiki Study Guide Status
The BSDA Study Guide book is behind publishing schedule. If you can
help review or write a little content it would be much appreciated.
This is an open source book that will also be sold in print book
format. The website is at http://bsdwiki.reedmedia.net/wiki/.
The latest status report follows:
* 73 people registered as wiki users
* 969 commits (wiki updates) by 39 users
* 16 users with at least 5 commits
* 6 users with at least 25 commits
* 50 sections have an author signed up (15 total authors)
* 41 sections have at least one technical reviewer signed up (14
total technical reviewers)
* 71 sections have at least an author or technical reviewer signed
* List of topics needing someone to sign up is at
* approximately 89 sections have topic in progress
* approximately 38 sections have significant content (and maybe
* 104 sections total - all with concept prewritten
* approximately 10 sections have new content that do not have an
author or technical reviewer assigned
* 22 PDF files generated
* book is 201 total printed pages, around 190 content pages, 3 page
* 4426 PDF files downloaded
* Table of Contents wiki page downloaded 3563 times
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 Machtelt Garrels and Dru Lavigne for contributing to this
newsletter. The editor is Jeremy C. Reed.
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