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FOSSREC training to spur African adoption of OSS

By   |  February 2, 2004

The Free and Open Source Software Resource Centre(Fossrec) is to stage a series of OSS training workshops in Ghana later this year. Organisers say the courses will cater for both users new to Linux as well as those looking for more advanced Linux skills.

The training, to be run during the month of March in Accra, Ghana is intended to be a train-the-trainers programme \”with the objective of building high-end human capacity in Africa in open source and Web technologies to support the gradual integration of Free and Open Source Software into the continent as a whole.\”

Gideon Hayford Chonia, one of the conveners of Fossrec says the training will be on open source systems administration and network management, productivity solutions based on Web and client/server technology and platform integration via TCP/IP.

Chonia says the course aims to \”impart a sound knowledge of system administration of Linux systems and train young men and women to become programmers.\”

Specific areas covered by the Fossrwec programme include user administration, storage and the file system, network services (Web service, FTP, file sharing, LDAP etc) and security. The goal, says Chonia, is to ensure that on completion trainees should have the skills and resources required to manage a Linux-based server system with minimal supervision.

The various course will cater for both users new to Linux and open source software as well as those that already have experience and want to attain more advanced skills.

Module one running over the first week of March will cover installation fundamentals, advanced installation options, network and server system configuration, administration and security. Module two in the second week will focus on the desktop evironement, producitivty tools, Web application development and e-commerce development. The third module will focsus on programming languages including Python, Perl and Java as well as covering databases such as MySQL and PostrgreSQL.


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