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No. of Recommendations: 1 is not the most positive thing I've read concerning RHAT's training/certification efforts.

I think Daher's point that the Linux community is counting on "Microsoft bashers to praise them and come to their side," is more than accurate in many instances. I'm no fan of MSFT, but I'm continually amazed at the number of people who consider anything negative concerning MSFT as a positive for Linux. It just ain't so. Believe me, I understand the tendency toward this mindset and have been guilty of it in the past, but I do not equate MSFT-negative as Linux(RHAT)-positive.

As to Daher's concerns that "Red Hat is asking us not only to spend $5,000 a person, which eats heavily into our cost, but we also have to lose a $60,000 employee for two weeks, who after being certified, can move almost anywhere he wants, maybe even over to Red Hat," I think he needs to check into covenant-not-to-compete clauses. When I worked as a systems analyst for one of the Big 500, I had to sign one. If I left the company within X time period of taking certain training classes, I had to reimburse the company for the cost of the training and various other expenses. Of course, this solution doesn't address all of his concern, but his concern is as easily applicable to just about ANY training provided by his company to his employees.

As to the time spent out of the office, that's going to happen with any training, whether it's in Durham, N.C. or across town. Surely Daher doesn't expect his employees to train for their Linux certification AND AT THE SAME TIME continue to perform their normal duties? If he does expect this, it might explain why he's having attrition problems. <bg>

I wish the article would've mentioned something about the quality of training provided by RHAT. While having an employee out of the office for an entire week is certainly a drawback to training, I'd like to know whether he considered the investment worth it from a quality-of-training perspective.
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