[BSDCert] Certifications / Comparison
mattchorman at gmail.com
Thu Apr 21 10:40:28 EDT 2005
It seems as if every major OS has a certification now. This is Good,
as it allows a certain baseline agreement to a candidates knowledge.
If, however, you look at The Other OS Guys who do certification (i.e.
MS, Novell, Redhat) you will see a couple of things in common:
1. They have different levels of certification: technician and engineer.
2. Their OS runs on any x86/amd64 based hardware.
The certification is such that OSCertEngineer Jones is hired to run a
server for a company. The hardware has also been certified by the
manufacturer to run on this OS. Jones has no excuse for not doing his
job. If the hardware was not certified, who's to say it's Jones' fault
for not being able to fix the problem?
I think that in addition to technical-merit-based skills certification
there should also be a hardware-level certification. I say this
because I work for a Major Chipset and CPU Manufacturer (inside!) and
I make sure new products are certified on multiple OS. I can guarantee
that if Yahoo want's a BSD certified piece of hardware, we will
certify it and put the label on the box. Don't underestimate the power
of a certification label on hardware!
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