[BSDCert] BSDCert Board of Directors election: Call for open discussion of the nominees
phil at cs.wwu.edu
Fri Aug 13 17:45:46 EDT 2010
On Sunday 01 August 2010 20:12:12 J Lane wrote:
> Each of the nominees is invited to post information about their general
> background, their involvement with BSD and with BSDCert
While there is still time, I'd like to introduce myself to
I'm a Associate Professor of Computer Science at Western Washington
University. I've been using BSD since I was going to graduate school
at the University of Washington where we ran BSD on a DEC VAX around
1982. Since then I've been using some flavor of BSD.
At one point, I ported NetBSD to a "net build" computer called the
pc532. This was in the 1992/93 time frame. Since then I've remained
a member of the NetBSD developer community. I'd did the initial work
on the current NetBSD install system. (Others have improved it since
then.) I also wrote and still maintain (very part time) GNU bc.
My involvement with BSDCert started over a year ago when I was the
election coordinator for the 2009 Board of Directors election. Also,
I have given the BSDA test a in both 2009 and 2010 at the "LinuxFest
Northwest" in Bellingham, WA.
As for where BSDCert should be headed, I think it is doing the
correct thing by persuing the BSDP. This would help strengthen the
place of the BSDA. And of course, the continuation of giving as
many offerings of the BSDA as possible is necessary. I'm not sure where
in the process BSDCert is at the current time, but I would like to
see it move away from a paper BSDA to some kind of on-line testing
system. Security would be an issue and I'm sure there would still
be the need for some paper offerings, but on-line tests could provide
faster turn-a-round for those taking the BSDA.
I hope this helps you know just a little more about me.
Phil Nelson (phil at cs.wwu.edu) http://www.cs.wwu.edu/nelson
NetBSD: http://www.NetBSD.org Coda: http://www.coda.cs.cmu.edu
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