[announce] NYC*BUG this week

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Mon Aug 3 10:58:06 EDT 2009

This week, Dru Lavigne will be speaking about the BSD Certification 
Group, plus there will be an SME session on Sunday for those interested 
in contributing to the exam.

Also, registration is open for EuroBSDCon 2009, September 18-20, at 
Cambridge University in Britain.


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August 05, 2009, Wednesday

BSD Certification: A Case Study in Open Source Community

6:45 pm, Suspenders Restaurant

Since their heydey in the 1990s, IT certifications have gained a bad 
rap. They are often perceived as money making machines for large 
companies, havens for braindumps, and certificates which aren`t worth 
the paper they are written on. We are all familiar with how open source 
is revolutionizing the proprietary software industry. Open source also 
has the potential to revolutionize the proprietary certification 
industry, and the BSD community is leading the way.

This talk will introduce the BSD Certification Group and their effort to 
create and maintain certifications that effectively assess the skills of 
BSD system administrators. It will provide an update on BSD 
certification, some of the lessons learned along the way, and principles 
other open source communities can use to provide their own certifications.

Dru Lavigne is founder and current chair of the BSD Certification Group. 
She is a sysadmin, technical trainer, author of BSD Hacks and The Best 
of FreeBSD Basics, maintainer of @bsdevents, board member of the FreeBSD 
Foundation, and editor of the Open Source Business Resource. She has 
been actively involved in the BSD community since 1997.

If you missed the exam, we will look to coordinate another session after 
the SME session on Sunday.

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August 09, 2009, Sunday

BSDA Angoff Session

Call for BSD Certification Group Subject Matter Experts (SME)

Are you a working sysadmin?

Do you manage other sysadmins?

Want to help the BSD Certification Group?

If so, bring your laptop and come join us from 10 am to 2 pm on August 9 
to help improve the BSDA exam. RSVP chair AT bsdcertification DOT org 
for exact downtown Manhattan event location.

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