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Re: DocBook Walkthrough?

On Mon, 22 May 2000 pac1@tiac.net wrote:

> "der.hans" wrote:

> How about
> 4. System Administration - Hardware
> 5. System Administration - Servers and Network

Maybe services. Truely we mean daemons :), but that's not the only way
services are offered at this point.

Sub-cats would include the various services or particular implementations,
e.g. there's a difference between smtp-guru and sendmail or exim admin.

Apropos hardware would need to take into consideration varying sub-cats,
e.g. scsi, video and sound, as well as architectures (maybe even
manufacturers, e.g. Mot and IBM PPC are not the same as Mac PPC).

> 6. System Adminsitration - User
> 7. System Administration - Security

I like the 4 main cats, though.

> > Have you looked at any of the certification projects?
> Not with documentation in mind, but the parts of the tracks are
> similar arent they.

One of the goals for the documentation should be to feed tracks like the
certification. As I said I'm not in favor of certification, per se, but
the competencies they want to test are appropriate, e.g. mail admin and
the skills necessary to perform such a role.

> What I had in mind with these levels is that each of us has many
> competencies, each with its own level of expertise.  Any given person
> may be an "expert in stucco", and at the same time know nothing at all
> about being an "outlaw in Peru"* If one were to keep track, the
> results would paint a finer grained picture of an individual than a
> certification.  The classifications would be meant for an individual
> to classify themselves by estimation rather than for someone else to

This is the main way it's somewhat working with SAGE right now. I will
catch up on my mail there and interface with them if we want.

> certify them.  A user could use the classification to focus their
> initial "view" of documentation appropriate to their current level of
> expertise on a topic by topic.

It could also provide them with a suggested track to learn a particular
skillset. I fear that is far into the future (at least 6 weeks from now
;-), but if we see it as an eventual goal, we can keep climbing towards

> There's an open source project lurking in here somewhere.  Interested
> parties should contact me.

Check the cert projects and see if we can find a way to get them and the
LDP (and the OSWG) to work together on the organization. Don't know if
anyone else here is interested, but if they are, that's probably the best
way to go, IMHO.

I don't know the cert projects.

sair: http://www.linuxcertification.org/
lpi: http://www.lpi.org/ (might be in bad shape with the problems I've
heard LinuxCare is having)

I think there was another one before those two got famous. There's also
the USENIX/SAGE *NIX cert stuff.

> * for the source of these quotes see
> http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/maddog/stuff/essay.html or search the we for either
> phrase in quotes.

Great essay. I even passed it on to some friends :).


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