Novell and IBM have joined forces to offer IT professionals a series of one-day Linux technical workshops across Australia and New Zealand.
Open source training seems a hot topic at the moment with other training roadshows taking place across both countries in the coming weeks.
Novell is also staging Linux sales certification courses aimed at the channel, and event management company, Front End, has organised an Australian workshop tour for US Linux guru, Gary Porter.
Novell said its latest initiative was novel because it was “free”. Instead of the day-long course costing several hundred dollars, attendees would be asked to pay $39 to cover the cost of manuals, evaluation software and catering.
The workshops promise to provide the basic knowledge necessary to investigate the business enterprise applicability of Linux.
They are targeted at IT professionals and will encompass the basics of installing, configuring and managing a Linux system - including a standard server implementation, a Linux desktop environment and Nterprise Linux services.
Novell said the workshops had proved popular with more than 500 people registering so far. Events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Wellington had already sold out. Extra dates had been scheduled for these cities to meet demand.
The company expected more than 1000 people to attend the workshops.
Novell Asia-Pacific sales and marketing director, David Lenz, said CIOs were constantly bombarded with information about Linux. Most of it, however, was based on perception, not fact.
Novell and IBM had a shared vision around Linux, Lenz said. Both firms were committed to helping CIOs understand the strategic advantages of deploying Linux within their organisations.
“Linux is positioned to become the first computing environment to truly offer the ability to consolidate to a single business platform- from desktop to server to mainframe," he said. "Therefore, it is vital that IT departments have clearly defined where or how Linux applies to their organisational strategy."
The workshops start in Sydney on Monday, July 5, and include Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Auckland, ending in Wellington on Tuesday, July 27.
All attendees receive a Linux starter kit that includes Novell SUSE Linux evaluation software and a detailed student workbook.