Red Hat will be offering free, half-day training sessions in mid December to help Unix professionals transfer their skills to Linux.
Red Hat global learning services manager for the Asia Pacific, Jodie Kane, said the sessions will be held in Canberra because of the vast numbers of government departments and businesses in the ACT that are moving over to Linux and open systems.
"The workshops grew from a series of roundtables we had with government departments where the overall message was that there was a wealth of Unix skills in the ACT, but there needed to be a bigger Linux skills base," Kane said
"This is the first time we have put on free workshops. If they are successful in Canberra, we would like to roll them out nationally."
The three-hour sessions will include demonstrations and hands-on 'play time'. The demonstrations will cover installation via a network, GUI admin tools and managing the Red Hat Network Satellite server.
"There will be a bit of a blurb on Red Hat, who we are, what we do, but it will mostly be hands-on, practical learning," Kane said.
The sessions are aimed at people who have already been working with Unix systems for at least two to three years.
"A Unix person could be let loose on a Linux system, but there would still be some things they would not be able to do, so their skills just need a little tweaking, which is what these workshops are about," Kane said.
"We are quite excited about this. We are at the moment concentrating on Unix to Linux and have our hands pretty full with that, but might look at putting on similar workshops for people trained in different operating systems."
The sessions will be held on December 15 and December 16 at the Oracle Building in Barry Turner Street. There is a morning session, from 9am through to 12pm, or an afternoon session running from 2pm to 5pm.