Caldera to enter Linux training market

By : |June 29, 2002 0

NEW DELHI: Caldera India plans to enter the Linux training market through IT
training majors. It will offer training services to education vendors as well as
support them with education courseware in Linux. Caldera, one of the leading
players in developing and marketing Linux-based business solutions, has already
made its foray into the training market in its global operations. "With our
base of knowledge in Linux-based application, Caldera is suitably placed to
provide educational material on Linux," explains, country director for
India and South East Asia, Srikant Acharya. Currently the company only provides
training to its partners and provides support and maintenance to its customers
from its center in Delhi.

Caldera’s training foray assumes significance in light of the fact that the
Linux shipment to the country is set to boom by 2004. According to IDC, Linux
shipment to India today stands at 15,253. This figure is expected to touch
40,812 in 2004 registering a CAGR of 79.3 per cent since 1999. As such the
demand for professionals who are familiar with Linux technology is likely to
accelerate exponentially.

Although training vendors today offer courses in Linux, its is believed that the
curriculum is not designed properly since vendors do not really have expertise
in Linux to develop good courseware.

Meanwhile, four Linux vendors (Caldera, Connectiva, Turbo and Suse) have
launched an initiative called Unified Linux Initiative to develop a common core
for its Linux products. This initiative is expected to simplify the
compatibility tests that vendors undertake when they launch Linux products.
Since the development of Linux is a distributed effort, third party vendors who
develop products on Linux have a tough task in verifying their products for
different Linux platforms.
The Alfa version of the Unified code is expected to be ready by July, the beta
version will be available by September and the first version of the code is
expected to hit the market by December.

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