Anyone interested in this sort of thing? There's someone looking to gauge the interest of doing the certification training at an InstallFest type event.
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From: Bryan J Smith
Date: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 1:32 PM
Subject: [Leaplist] [Training] FREE LPI Certified Level 1 (LPIC-1) aka CompTIA Linux+ at InstallFest?
[ Please forward to GOLUG and any other professional organization you
think would be interested, such as the Central Florida Computer Club,
NT Professional Organization, etc..., as I'm trying to gather
How much interest would there be for free Linux Professional Institute
(LPI) Certified Level 1 (LPIC-1)  training at InstallFests from,
say, March - August or so? So given six (6) first Saturdays of the
month, running about 3-4 hours (9-10am to noon-1pm), that would be
about 18-24 hours of free training.
I'd run the classes directly from the Exam 101  and 102 
objectives, although everyone is free to bring or purchase any
supplementary material  they wish. I have the the Sybex LPIC-1 and
LPIC-2 books  for when I re-certified my LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 last
July (and then took the LPIC-3 without study, barely passed), but will
not be teaching from them (they are just a good supplement with
details of specific things).
The Exam 101 objectives are especially nice for teaching _both_
APT-DPKG and YUM-RPM, and we will likely being using Ubuntu LTS and
"EL" (RHEL/CentOS/SciLinux -- Fedora is too new, systemd, firewalld,
etc...), respectively. If people want to run Debian, Ubuntu (non-LTS)
or Fedora, they are welcome to as well, but differences will not be
covered (for time considerations, I can do it
off-line/outside-of-class). The LPIC-1 is rather broad, and will
often teach you commands you've never used before too. It's a great
foundation, beyond just the 101 and 102 exams.
The LPIC-1 is now also offered as the CompTIA Linux+  as CompTIA no
longer maintains its own exam (largely because it was far less
complete). You get both by sitting the CompTIA exam versions. It's
up to you if you want to fund CompTIA, and get both (including the
Linux+ that only Windows admins ask for) or if you just want to fund
LPI directly. I chose the latter last July, largely because my 2002
Linux+ is grandfathered (never expires, unlike newer versions), and I
wanted to send every dollar to LPI.
-- Bryan J Smith (bjs), LPIC-3 , MCITP , RHCA 
(minimal credentials listed for non-Linux groups)
**P.S. I'm serious about committing myself to this, if there is
interest, which I'm trying to gage. Again, we should get the word out
to GOLUG members and other professional organizations about it too
(Central Florida Computer Club, even NT Professionals?), with priority
going to paid LEAP members, of course. There are no UCF home
basketball games [A] on the first Saturday of the month for the rest
of the year (sorry, front row seats cost me quite the booster fees).
I also don't see any local Car Club events on the first Saturday
through June, and I'm not planning to make the Lime Rock race (NE
Grand Prix) the first of July this year either. [C]
Bryan J Smith - Professional, Technical Annoyance
b.j.smith at ieee.org - http://www.linkedin.com/in/bjsmith
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