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10 October 2005
I had the opportunity to visit Linux World Expo 2005 as a conference delegate on Thursday.
The trade stand area was smaller then I expected having attended the InfoSecurity show in the past, but it was still worth a trip to London for the event.
The show itself was free, which included a few free seminars, but to attend most of the seminars required a payment, for a full day that I attended it was £100.
I attended a interesting seminar on Perl in the enterprise by Dave Cross, and one on Linux certification by Glenn McKnight from LPI. I also attended a seminar on Securing Linux in the Enterprise, which I found less interesting as it just listed some of the issues, without any suggestions on ways to tackle them.
During the conference there were opportunities to take some of the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) Certification exams). These were free to conference delegates and at the reduced price of £25 for none delegates. I attempted the 101 exam, but have not yet had the results back. The exam turned out to be more a measure of memory recall than a proper test of the ability to configure and manage a linux machine.
I bought the ExamCram book to help revise for, only knowing that I'd be taking the exam a few days before attending. Because I needed the book in such short notice I bought it from a local bookshop and as a result it cost about twice as much as the Amazon price. Whilst the book was useful a word of caution: The book says that there is a different exam for RPM to Debian package management. This is no longer the case (at least not on the paper based exam that I took). Because of this I didn't even look at Debian package management, and as most of my systems have been RPM based I wasn't able to answer any of the 5 questions that were on Debian package management. As the exam requires 70% correct to pass I am not very confident that I passed it. I will post a proper review of the book at a later date.
The exhibit stands were dominated by Novell promoting SuSe Linux, as well as it's enterprise management tools, and included some business partners on the stand. They gave a good presentation on Novell's offerings and I was given a stuffed toy lizard (one of only a few freebies available at the show). I also collected free CD's of StarOffice, Ubuntu and a DVD of Fedora Linux, along with a couple of magazines. CheapLinux were also selling some of their goods, and the T-Shirts and Mugs appeared to be selling fast.
Certainly worth a visit, but not quite as impressive as I'd hoped for. More details on the LPI Certification and the LPIC Book in future posts.