[lpi-discuss] RE: Linux Professional Institute
Policy -- the "2 issues, " plus LPI's direction ...
evan at telly.org
Mon Dec 4 21:17:08 EST 2006
The comparisons between LPI, governments and management models of open
source projects were making my head hurt. It was certainly not my
intention, with what I wrote, to be considered a source of negativism.
LPI, from the start, has always been about striking a delicate balance
between community, candidate, vendor and IT employer interests. Those of
us who started LPI knew that it would be like nothing else in the open
source world, and IMO it's certainly maintained that status. :-)
Through the various phases in LPI's development that balance has
evolved, but what's crucial is that it still exists and that _it still
matters_. As far as I can tell, LPI still has a larger community than
any other project in the FOSS world not dedicated to producing or
distributing software. Its vendor support, strong from day one,
continues to grow. Earning respect from all sides is difficult, and
certainly not everyone can be pleased all the time because sometimes
LPI's various stakeholders' interests and agendas can be so contradictory.
Sure, improvement is always possible, but that sentiment is hardly
limited to LPI. What's important here is to keep the conversation civil,
straightforward and positive, because IMO the balance depends upon the
kind of mutual understanding that can only come from useful and engaging
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