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The ict@nnovation LPIC-1 Training Guide - coming soon

lpic_material_workshop_s.jpgAfter a very busy week at the Strathmore University in Nairobi, a small group of 7 African Linux experts made probable History by producing the first LPIC training manual done in Africa, by Africans. In the group was a veteran Linux and Unix Engineer and writer from the UK, Dr Chris Brown. This was at the Pillar B material development workshop which took place in Nairobi last week.

The workshop was a culmination of a process that started in the second quarter of the implementation of the FOSS Certification Pillar of ict@innovation. It also marks the very first step in the exciting journey of building the capacities of African FOSS practitioners to offer quality services through training and certification. With the completion of that manual, I can say that the second quarter of Pillar B was a success by every means.

The process started with a call for consultants to participate in the development of LPIC training material. We received about 18 applications and we had a very difficult time selecting the consultants who were later contracted to do the work. Those who were selected had fulfilled all the criteria that we were looking for satisfactorily.

It was very exciting working with this small team. At the end of the week, we had produced what we think is an LPI manual best suited for Africa, as it is done by African Linux experts. Although we borrowed a bit from already existing material, the bulk of the manual, about 80%, was developed from scratch. This manual, which will be available online in a short while, will be available under the creative commons license. We will keep updating it with the contribution of the wider open source community, and especially with the contribution of the ict@innovation community.

What makes this exciting is the fact that all the participants (apart from Dr Brown who was coming to Africa for the first time) have been greatly involved in delivering Linux training (especially LPI), in Africa. They have therefore made available their cumulative experience with the certification as well as the needs of the African learners.

We were all privileged to work with Dr Brown who brought a lot of good humour from England. Dr. Brown has taught UNIX and Linux extensively for more than 20 years, mostly in Europe and the USA but also in Canada, India, Hong Kong and Brazil. He provided in-depth technical training on SUSE Linux to Novell’s consultants and IT engineers. He developed training content for Canonical’s “Ubuntu Certified Professional” training and wrote their “Deploying Ubuntu Server” course, and was master trainer for their train-the-trainer program. He is author of the book “UNIX Distributed Programming” published by Prentice Hall, and of “SUSE Linux” published by O’Reilly. He also writes a regular column for the UK magazine “Linux Format” .

But it was not just about the training manual. We also created labs which will be used by our trainers, and slides which will form a good platform in the delivery of the trainings that will follow. Our next step is to put the material in the wiki on the ict@innovation portal, and also to put it in e-learning platform where it can be accessed in real time. This we hope will give learners more options to access learning.

Finally, the next step in Pillar B is the first regional training of trainers for LPIC-1. This will be happening in the first two weeks of November, and will be followed by LPIC-1 exams on the 13th of November. All this will be happening at the Strathmore University in Nairobi. Please look out for the publication of our training manual as this will be done as soon as we are done with final editing and proof reading.


And I may have forgotten to mention. When we started, we did a quick survey and found out that all the participants were running Ubuntu on their laptops.This is a very important observation. It looks like ubuntu is easily becoming the distro of choice, especially on the desktop space.

But for the examples and labs that we have put on the manual, we went with CentOS. The reasoning here was that Ubuntu is changing pretty fast and it may be a bit hard for trainers to keep up with quick release cycles if they are to follow the manual and the labs. Although LPIC is vendor-neutral, it is still important to choose a distro to implement oneś training. The manual therefore assumes that the training will be done on CentOS. But at the end of the day, a trainer will have the option of using whichever distro that they are more comfortable with.

i am very happy with the move.i would like to get involved in LPIC training in the two weeks to come Mafuru Mjita Eliazar

Where is the training material?


we are currently awaiting clarification on issues regarding licensing.

Soon, hopefully very soon it will be available here on the portal.



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