KENYAN UNIVERSITY TO OFFER LINUX TRAINING  

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  Kenyan company Circuits & Packets Communications (C&P) last week signed a deal with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) to offer advanced GNU-Linux training at the university. The training will begin in August 2005.

Courses to be offered range from a fundamentals course to Linux system administration.

JKUAT will make training facilities available at its main campus as well as at affiliated campuses across the country. C&P will provide training course content and provide relevant trainers and facilitators.

Professor Henry Thairu, JKUAT Enterprises managing director, welcomed the initiative as a long overdue one that will help "bridge the training and certification gap that has hindered the adoption of open source software solutions". JKUAT is a subsidiary company wholly owned by the university.

C&P chairman Peterson Maina said many enterprises both public and private lacked a platform for recruiting qualified GNU-Linux administrators to maintain their systems and this had been a significant inhibitor to increased uptake of Linux in many sector.

Louis Domnique Ouedraogo of the United Nations Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) said that for the UN the need for standardised GNU-Linux training is "paramount as a pre-requisite for the adoption of open source within the United Nations".

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