[Fsf-friends] Fwd: Linux @ Gun Shot

Omshiva prakash omshivaprakash at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 09:53:17 IST 2008

This is what came in my mind when I started training a new bunch of trainees
in my company. They have started learning Linux now and we have plans to
continue training people are  new to Linux and have never worked on computer
as geeks. Its a challenge which we have taken up to build the man power
required for the company. Also adding newbies to  FOSS community.


 Its all about filling in confidence to explore a new world of
possibilities. What can bring attention of a newbie to learn more about a
technology? How we can make him/her hack into the in depth features of a
technology to crack the master's test? At the end at least we want him/her
to be a jack of the technology to let him/her face the challenges which
he/she may encounter in future.

Many people who peep into Open Source world know that its "hot" and many
might not have got a chance to understand what is it all about. There are
job opportunities, which demands little smartness from a newbie.

I got a chance to spend some time with around 20 fresh college graduates who
are looking forward to make a great carrier in Open Source and learning
Linux from scratch. Many of them have not looked into any "Operating System"
or "Personal Computer" as administrators and it has been just used it as a
machine to accomplish some of their projects forced by the educational
system of our country. Few others have used it as an entertainment box, for
playing games, music, videos etc. There is another bunch which is forced by
this era to use computers to type in the resumes to grab new job
opportunities available in the IT industry.

There have been lots of efforts put in to mold new techs in to better
administrators from their user or power user status at work place. But
always it lacked the zeal required to fill in the hackers attitude and
passion for Open Source into their heart. This might be due to more theory
which was poured into their mind instead of practical exposure which is a
very essential part of a system administrator's training life cycle.

We are working towards creating opportunities for those who are almost new
to computers or at least new to Open Source. They need to be comfortable
with the operating system and they must explore the "FREEDOM" of Free and
Open Source software to gain the initial confidence and interest required to
work as administrators. If a newbie finds the work as a monotonous process
of remembering commands and repetitive, he/she might not think of sailing in
this sea for quite a long time. Linux wants newbies to create their own
shields against the Gun shots of upcoming challenges, attacks,
vulnerabilities and growth of technologies. Hence you never find the work to
be boring. Working with Linux has never been found to be monotonous and
repetitive for me so far and its always an adventure.

Bringing technology close to someone needs patience, self confidence on the
technology, skills required to be one of those who are with us to learn it
and little bit humor to fill in fun at the learning desk. Its always fun to
explore what can be done with a gadget or a software, presenting what you
feel about it to your audience will always be a challenge. A newbie finds it
easy to explore the voyage during hands on training. Let him/her be free to
try out new things and build a strong foundation with your guidance.
Practice makes them perfect, show them how to climb to top.

"A well-directed imagination is the source of great deeds"
With Best Regards,

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Phone: 91-  9902026518 / 9343726518
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