[BSDCert] associate cert requirements
gmcclure at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 03:17:04 EDT 2005
What the heck. Since I'm bound to be in the minority, and therefore be
out-shouted, I'll just come out on the "for" side here.
Sort of. I have to admit, that if these were to be the requirements,
well, I'd be inspired to start actively participating in the project
in some way, but I honestly don't know if I'd have the time. That's
always an issue. But it *does* raise the question and, considering the
"Free" in "FreeBSD", I think there's a valid point: This is a
*volunteer* army, and can/should that be represented in the
It would be so cool if that could happen. Setting aside for a moment
the question of pragmatism and/or verification, it would be really
impressive to have the cert not only represent a level of knowledge
but also a degree of involvement. With a commercial product it is
assumed, to a degree, that the involvement is provided de facto by
corporate initiative. Sun supports Java and, boy, howdy, do they want
to talk to you!: Books, sites, testing centers, user groups,
university courses and involvement, corporate sponsorship of events,
more books, lists, and forums ... and all of it waving a shiny
corporate icon. It's pretty easy for suity types to get comfortable
with all of that cushy assurance that their aggregate backsides are
Community is never really an issue in that instance. It's just assumed
that the community is provided. Why? Because the company says so,
that's why. But with BSD, at least part of certification is
proselytization, because A), that's partly what it is for everyone
else, too, and B), marketing resources and presence aren't at the same
level as large corporate alternatives.
Okay, I know, I know, *TONS* of companies/schools/code ninjas use BSD,
modify it, embed it, etc:
cat preach.txt > /dev/choir
But this is a community in a very different sense and with a different
feel (IMHO) than, say, Microsoft has. So if the cert -- especially the
*associate* level cert -- could reflect involvement, which also
implies placement within some kind of human network, with access to
contacts, knowledge, and mentors/gurus, as well as a personal
investment, then that would, to my mind, make it a pretty interesting
and unusually demanding cert.
Also, man, it really brings an old school sense back to the word
"associate", in that not only is there a minimal personal investment
defined for that level of certification, which is cool, but that there
is an "association" required from the certification holder with others
in the BSD hierarchy. Not only do you "know", you also "belong". Take
that Microsoft. Anyone can "buy" their way into your promiscuous
fraternity. Gross. With BSD, you must be acknowledged as well.
Oh, yeah. For a higher level of certification there could be mandatory
tattoos or branding of, say, dragons on the forearms. This way we
could recognize each other on the street, begin to control mail
servers everywhere in a global domination of electronic messaging
powered by BSD!!! Mwahahaha!! Anyone ever read "The Crying of Lot 49"?
You won't regret it if you do.
Well, that's my .02.
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