[BSDCert-Announce] Newsletter from BSD Certification Group (March 2007)
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BSD Certification Group Newsletter
* 1 Winter 2007 version of BSDA DVD
* 2 BSD Certification at BSDCan
* 3 BSD Certification at Linuxworld Toronto
* 4 Website Statistics
* 5 Mailing Lists
* 6 About this Newsletter
1 Winter 2007 version of BSDA DVD
The BSDA DVD has been updated to reflect the latest release versions
of the BSDs. Greg Lehey has also given permission to include the PDF
version of ``The Complete FreeBSD'' book. Please see the COPYRIGHT
file on the DVD regarding the copyrights on each of the DVD contents.
This version of the DVD contains:
* Dragonfly BSD 1.8.0
* FreeBSD 6.2, along with packages and ports
* NetBSD 3.1, along with pkgsrc
* OpenBSD 4.0, along with ports
* The Complete FreeBSD
* The DragonFly BSD Handbook
* The FreeBSD FAQ
* The FreeBSD Handbook
* The NetBSD Guide
* The Pkgsrc Guide
* The BSDA Command Reference
* The BSDA Exam Objectives (Certification Requirements)
* The BSD Usage Survey Report
* The Delivery Survey Report
* The Task Analysis Survey Report
* Psychometrics Explained
As last time, we are offering the DVD as a thank you for a $40
donation to the BSDCG and currently the only supported donation
methods are Paypal or check.
If you can't financially afford the DVD, or would like to have
multiple copies of the DVD sent to your school, or will be working at
a BSD booth at a conference in 2007 and would like to bring copies of
the DVD, please use the contact form on the website to send an
explanatory email and we'll see what we can do.
It is our goal to make the DVD freely available once the psychometric
bill has been paid in full. In order to freely distribute the DVD, we
will need assistance to burn, package, and ship bulk amounts of DVDs.
At the moment, the DVDs are being burned and shipped one at a time on
a volunteer basis by Dru Lavigne and Axel Gruner of the BSDCG.
If you have the time to research costs for bulk burning and packaging
and/or to find sponsors to cover these costs, please let us know via
the contact form or mailing list. We also need someone with the time
to research the best deal for a merchant account so that those who
wish to donate or to register for an exam using their credit card
directly are able to do so.
2 BSD Certification at BSDCan
Dru Lavigne will be presenting a talk at BSDCan on Delivering IT
Certifications BSD Style. The talk will describe the rationale behind
creating a customized test delivery solution and explain the process
that went into its creation. The schedule and registration information
for BSDCan should show up on the BSDCan website shortly:
We are also working towards having a beta exam available at BSDCan.
Watch the mailing lists for details as they become available.
3 BSD Certification at Linuxworld Toronto
There will be a BSD Certification booth at Linuxworld Toronto, May
1-2. The website should be updated with the schedule and exhibitors
soon (http://www.it360.ca). While the booth "space" is free, we are
required to purchase carpet and obviously a table and power drop would
be useful. We welcome donations to assist with the estimated $400 CDN
cost. If you're in the Toronto area that week and would like to help
work at the booth, leave a message using the ``Contact Us'' form on
4 Website Statistics
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5 Mailing Lists
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6 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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