[BSDCert] [BSDCertAdmin] BSDCert Board of Directors election: Call for open discussion of the nominees BSDCert Board of Directors election: Call for open discussion of the nominees
dexter at bsdfund.org
Wed Aug 4 05:01:32 EDT 2010
Thank you for your consideration.
> Each of the nominees is invited to post information about their
> general background, their involvement with BSD and with BSDCert, and
> what they would like the BSDCert group to accomplish over the
> next year.
Some of you know me as a BSDTalk guest host while others perhaps know me
as the BSD Fund Program Director. BSD Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that
raises money for project-agnostic BSD initiatives such as events and
In brief, I:
Have been back in Portland, Oregon for one year having spend the last
eight years in Riga, Latvia.
Have used "open systems" and the Internet since January of 1991.
Have used various BSD's full time in some way since 2002 and contracted
the cross-platform SysJail and mult multiplicity (virtualization)
solutions and have spoken about multiplicity strategies at EuroBSDCon
and in Portland, Oregon.
Am the BSD Fund program manager and have worked for MandrakeSoft SA on
their internal support team. As BSD Fund program manager I launched the
BSD Fund Visa which has provided funding to BSDCan, PGCon and the
upcoming meetBSD event. I also raised money to bring the pcc compiler
into the modern era through AMD64 support and imporoved GCC
compatibility. This work is undergoing beta testing.
Was the single person to take the first "release" BSDCert exam at SCaLE
in Los Angeles. I trust that the poster with the signature(s) is still
Have negotiated to open a new testing center in Latvia and spoke at
length with Jim Brown about strategies for the BSDP and in turn with
Peter Hansteen about a possible interim PF exam.
As for BSDCert in the coming year, I highly suggest a focus on smaller,
achievable milestones that provide tangible value to those seeking
certification. With the BSDP certification once appearing to be an
insurmountable project, I proposed a PF exam as it would focus on what
many consider the "killer app" of the BSD's.
Regarding the BSDP certification, I was impressed by the online
terminal-in-a-web-page system used by O'Reilly Media's "university" and
suggest that some inquiry be made as to if this tool could aid the BSDP:
My position on certification: Jim Brown succeeded in convincing me that
certification has its place and maintains integrity through
confidentiality, despite our community's natural tendency toward
openness. It is a tool, just like any piece of software. Nothing more
and nothing less. To hear jaded developers say that "all certification
is crap" is a disservice to people who are in environments that
encourage/require certification or, most importantly in my eyes, people
who want to jump-start a career prior to acquiring previous employment.
Jaded HR departments were happy to require ten years of Java experience
when the language was only three years old. Any tool to penetrate such
glass ceilings is a good thing.
I have a longer bio that I threw out in favor of the above. I can
provide this on an individual basis for those whom I have never met and
would like to know more about my position on various community issues.
If anything, while I lean towards ISC/BSD licensing, I firmly believe
that "software freedom" can only be guaranteed if a given project is
entrusted to a public-benefit nonprofit organization that is required by
law to uphold a mission to keep that project "free". My public opinion
on copyleft vs. copy center licensing is that we should check back in 20
years to see who was right.
Please advise as to if I should elaborate on any points. I have *not*
been following the BSDCert news this last year but I feel this gives me
a fresh opinion. I am also happy to discuss this by phone individually
or as part of a conference call.
All the best,
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