[announce] Upcoming NYC*BUG Meetings & Events

NYC*BUG Announcements announce at lists.nycbug.org
Mon Jul 27 22:53:59 EDT 2009

We have a number of exciting events coming up for NYC*BUG, all of which 
are related to the BSD Certification Group (www.bsdcertification.org).

August 2, Sunday	BSDA Exam
August 5, Wednesday	NYC*BUG Meeting on the BSD Certification Group
August 9, Sunday	BSDCG Subject Matter Expert Session

NYC*BUG continues to be fundamental to the community-driven 
certification, and we encourage you to join in.

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August 02, 2009, Sunday


NYCBUG will be hosting a BSDA exam for the BSD Certification Group on 
August 2.

Please register as soon as possible to ensure your spot at the exam at 

The exam will be held at 55 Broad Street between Exchange Place and 
Beaver Street in Manhattan.

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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 
(http://www.bsdcertification.org/) and the 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.

Please note that NYCBUG will be hosting a BSDA exam on August 2 which we 
encourage you to sign up for ASAP.

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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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