Linux desktop training demand grows

By   |  October 28, 2003

Responding to the growing demand for Linux desktop training, Obsidian Systems has added a new course to its offering, say Warren Bell, lead trainer at the company. Bell says the new Linux desktop trainingoffered by the company will help corporate IT departments prepare to roll out Linux desktops thoughout their organisations.

Bell says the reason the Obsidian has introduced the desktop trainign course is \”because the market is maturing to a point where it needs more than just the hard-core technical Linux person. Clients are increasingly asking us for training for the average user not concerned with kernels.\”

The course will be delivered off of the Red Hat Linux distribution, but all desktop training offered will be applicable to any flavour of the OS. The training will cover products such as Evolution for calendaring and e-mail, a Web browser like Mozilla; Open Office, which is designed to look and feel like other major office applications as well as provide the same functionality, and desktop configuration and management.

\”We want our students to be able to walk back into their offices with the same proficiency in the new system as they had on the old one with no dip in productivity. This is, after all, the biggest fear of any corporate investigating Linux on the desktop,\” adds Bell.

Over and above the basic office productivity tools, Obsidian will also tailor training in accordance with the needs of each client, says Bell. This will include running multimedia packages, productivity tools, and graphics packages on Linux.

\”The course will be offered in one of two ways. Either we train the users ourselves, onsite or in our training facilities, or we train what one could term missionaries in the organisation, who could deliver the training to their own users. It is important for any large organisation looking to adopt a new OS to ensure that onsite staff have a base understanding of the system,\” he says.

Bell says there is a major pull from the market for companies to start exploring the use of the system as a desktop OS. The Canadian government currently runs the majority of its systems off of the Linux platform, including the desktop, in New Zealand there are a number of large financial institutions doing the same, and the SA government especially is looking at large scale Linux desktop roll-outs.

\”If one looks at the Linux market currently, I would say that the software is about as close to being ready as it has ever been. But possibly more importantly, the vendors in the market are where they need to be for Linux to be a success, and enough capital is going into the research and development of the product.\”

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