[lpi-discuss] RE: Linux Professional Institute changes
Recertification Policy -- the "2 issues, " plus LPI's direction ...
anselm.lingnau at linupfront.de
Mon Dec 4 19:29:28 EST 2006
Bryan J. Smith wrote:
> Then it must have come up at the normal Advisory Council meeting, if
> there was one.
Nope, there wasn't -- that I was aware of, anyway, and as I said I was around
the LPI booth during much of the convention. I would assume that if there had
been one I would have noticed one way or the other.
> When I was involved with the 2006 April TAC discussion on LPIC-3, the
> plan as I understood it was that you would _only_ need to pass *2*
> exams to achieve LPIC-3 certification. There were other discussions
> as well. E.g., to get a "speciality," you'd only need to have LPIC-2
> and pass *1* exam. Or you could combine 2 specializations into the
> LPIC-3, etc...
In Cologne, Matthew Rice talked at length about the two »core« exams for
LPIC-3, and how they were going to add four different »speciality« exams in
due course. A candidate would be expected to pass the LDAP-and-PAM and the
Samba exam to be LPIC-3 certified, and could then add specialities such as
security, Apache, mail, etc. as desired. There was a half-joke around about
how someone with all six certifications would be known as a »LPIC-3 Master
Specialist« or some such.
Had the new recertification policy been announced in time for that meeting, I
would certainly have made a point of asking whether LPI expected such an
individual to re-take all six exams every five years, or whether it would be
enough to start out with two and take one additional »speciality« exam every
five years to keep all the rest ACTIVE.
> The idea here was to _maximize_ both marketability as well _avoid_
> people taking exams over and over again on the same content. At
> Level 3, you are definitely getting into specializations, and you
> can't be too generic or broad. Whatever Matt & co. has come up with
> is _very_ well _thought_out_, with _extensive_input_.
I'm absolutely impressed with the amount of work that has gone into LPIC-3.
There have been so many rumours about LPIC-3 during the years that I've been
involved with LPI that it is good to see us moving forward on this
eventually. I have a nagging suspicion that, considering that the ratio of
LPIC-1 candidates to LPIC-2 candidates is approximately 10:1 (at least here
in Germany), and stipulating that the ratio of LPIC-2 candidates to LPIC-3
candidates is about the same at most, the work required to support a couple
of hundred candidates a year might be more profitably invested elsewhere
within the LPI world but hey! this is still something of a community project,
so if there are people willing to do the work then by all means let them.
> Apples-to-oranges comparison. LPI is an organized entity with fiscal
> aspects, _unlike_ the kernel team. Even the Fedora Project isn't a
> perfect example, because the board has external (Red Hat) members,
> but it was the best I could come up with.
This (apples-to-oranges) is what I said later in my previous message.
Incidentally, Debian, which as a software project is run more along
meritocracy lines than Fedora and which, like LPI, *is* an organized entity
with fiscal aspects, has, as you're undoubtedly aware, dealt with this
problem by off-loading most of the fiscal aspects to a non-profit corporation
called Software in the Public Interest, Inc. Sensibly, SPI does *not* have
veto power about what happens within Debian -- the technical decisions rest
with the »meritocracy« within the project. SPI just hangs on to the money on
Debian's behalf. As far as Debian is concerned this arrangement appears to
work reasonably well.
There is no compelling reason why LPI could not be organized more along these
lines as well, if there was more emphasis on volunteer participation rather
than running the certification side of things as a quasi-business. We even
have the non-profit set up already! This would basically make Jim Lacey's job
that of a »project leader« elected by those »LPI volunteers« who, like Debian
developers, have shown a certain level of commitment and participation over a
certain period of time. The comparison breaks down here, since leading LPI is
apparently a salaried full-time position while leading Debian apparently
isn't, and presumably we (the LPI community) wouldn't be able to attract
executives of the caliber that we have now on an honorary basis! On the other
hand, running a »community-driven« LPI more like Debian and less like a
business might indeed carry some advantages -- so far, in spite of all the
in-fighting, and in spite of Debian being a vastly larger organisation than
LPI, Debian OS releases have occurred more often than LPI exam releases and
in shorter intervals than LPI objective reviews, too :^) And so far Debian
does not seem to have had grave problems regarding either sense of mission,
street credibility, or funding, all of which are issues LPI is struggling
with every so often, so the Debian project must be doing some things right
after all. (I'll be taking my tongue out of my cheek now, thank you.)
P.S. In case you're wondering, my other mail address is »lingnau at debian.org«.
(This is my personal opinion and not that of Linup Front GmbH.)
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