[BSDcert] BSDCert, Advocacy, Cost
geekout at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 11:04:28 EST 2005
Just wanted to chime in on some feelings I have that I have not seen addressed.
I work for a medium sized company (125 employees) and have been slowly
trying to convert my supervisor over to running some BSD-based boxes,
mostly for a simple ftp machine, the company intranet, etc. He has
all the desire to go BSD (sick of buying a Windows license for a
Pentium II that moves files three times a day) but I have had a hard
time steering him to BSD. He started looking into Suse but mostly
because it is mentioned in the magazines he reads (and we are in Utah,
so maybe there is some Novell pride or something). My problem is that
he doesn't believe BSD is an "enterprise ready platform" (his quote,
not mine). However, here is my dilemma:
-If I had a BSD Certification he would be more likely to believe BSD
is "enterprise ready."
-He won't pay for me to get a BSD Certification until it is "enterprise ready."
Kind of a Catch-22.
So, until there was some major advocacy for the Certification, I think
people are going to have a hard time convincing their employers to pay
for it unless it happened to be relatively cheap. I am not trying to
drive the cost down before the product is released, but I am concerned
about what a BSD Certification will mean to my PHB 
Thoughts on cost?
Thoughts on how to advocate the Certification within Enterprise circles?
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