[BSDcert] Initial thoughts
tillman at seekingfire.com
Sun Dec 19 13:49:38 EST 2004
On Sun, Dec 19, 2004 at 01:05:49PM -0500, G. Rosamond wrote:
> It would also be worth listing pitfalls. . . ie, why certs fail.
> More for the wiki. . .
> cert x lack of vendor respect
> cert y internal bloodbath
It's valuable, and the humour inherent in it is a wonderful bonus ;-)
It does bring up that perhaps portions of the Wiki should be non-public,
though ... I'm always loath to say negative things publically (I'm a fan
of intact bridges), and some of the folks involved in those efforts
might be the sort to get defensive about a project they loved going
> What ever happened to the SAIR linux cert? Anyone remember other
> failed certs?
SAIR was one, yup. I'd consider Brainbench "failed", though it still
exists. Wasn't there going to be a United Linux cert before SCO pee'd in
> It seems that the Linux certs draw the most important lessons,
> particularly outside of those vendor-backed. Like us, some of them
> started from a nebulous will to do it, without vendor backing as the
> initiating spark.
I'd agree with that. Not having a vendor backing us might actually be a
blessing, if we can avoid the pitfalls inherent in following the path
``Over the years, we've learned that whenever someone tries to sell us
on a new tool, product, or idea, the question that cuts through the
hyperbole faster than any other is this: "What's it /not/ good for?"''
-- Jeffreys Copeland & Haemer, _SunExpert_ July 1997
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