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It's no secret that Linux is the fastest growing operating system in the world. According to IDC, "the Linux server market has clearly shifted into high gear, with shipment growth of server shipments configured with Linux as the primary operating environment exceeding other server growth rates." (Worldwide Linux Operating Environments 2005-2009 Forecast and Analysis: Product Transitions Continue [IDC #34390, December 2005].)

Enterprises of today need an influx of Linux-trained professionals to help make the most of their open source development. Today's IT students are now demanding Linux courses. Colleges across the country are responding to the challenge by offering Linux training that prepares students for the real IT world of systems administrators, Java programmers, database administrators, solutions architects and data center managers.

"It is important for our community college to provide Novell Linux training to our students because many of their companies are using Linux," said John A. Clark, Master CNI and Networking Instructor at Durham Technical Community College in Durham, North Carolina. "I have students who work for companies such as Intel and IBM in the Research Triangle Park. Being a leader in providing courses on Novell and SUSE Linux technology allows us to give our students today's most needed IT skills."

> Novell's Commitment to Academic Training
Novell is no stranger to the academic community, having provided comprehensive training to institutions for more than 20 years. With the growing popularity of Linux, Novell is committed to give students hands-on Linux training and real-world scenarios to prepare them for competitive, successful IT careers.

Novell has recently enhanced the benefits it offers academic partners, including offering pricing for academic materials, software and support at a fraction of the cost that other vendors charge. For example, institutions participating in the Novell Academic Training Partner (NATP) program receive a variety of benefits including a low annual fee of $295, free teacher training, as well as discounts on courseware and testing. (See Highlights of the NATP Program and visit

Highlights of the NATP Program
  • 100 Software Licenses for instructional use of all Novell products
  • All Novell certification exams for US$55 at authorized testing sites
  • One-year free membership in CompTIA's E2C program (terms and conditions apply)
  • Receive 50 percent discount on Novell Advanced Technical Training costs
  • Free and low-cost "Train-the-Teacher" opportunities, both instructor-led and online
  • Complimentary subscription to the complete Novell Software Evaluation and Development Library (US$299 value)
  • Up to 85 percent discount on all Novell direct courseware

As part of its commitment to Linux training, Novell is also offering free training for Linux instructors. Offered throughout the summer, these "Train-the-Teacher" events offer week-long training on Novell Linux courseware. (For a schedule of events and locations, visit

> Taking Linux to the Classroom
To meet the Linux training demands of today's students, Novell has partnered with two industry leaders to provide the most complete and affordable Linux training for the academic community.

All educators recognize Thomson Course Technology as the leading technical textbook provider. Novell and Thomson Course Technology have created the most comprehensive, hands-on Linux training for students. (See Name That Course.) These three courses (See Figure 1) leverage the latest VMware technology and are designed specifically for a semester-based academic setting:

  • Getting Started with Linux: Novell's Guide to CompTIA's Linux+ (Course 3060)
  • SUSE Linux Administration (Course 3037)
  • SUSE Linux Advanced Administration (Course 3038)
Name That Course

Getting Started with Linux: Novell's Guide to CompTIA's Linux+ (Course 3060) introduces you to the knowledge and skills needed to manage all Linux distributions. Specifically, this course covers the objectives outlined by CompTIA for its Linux+ exam and certification, an international industry credential that offers proof of knowledge in Linux basics including desktop, administration, security and much more!

As a growing number of companies migrate to Linux, they're looking for trained and talented Linux administrators. You can gain the knowledge and skills you need to become such an administrator by completing SUSE Linux Administration (Course 3037 v2.0). This in-depth, hands-on course covers a variety of topics: installing and configuring SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9, managing users and groups, securing the system and much more. By completing multiple lab exercises, you can practically apply course concepts and strengthen your proficiency in Linux administration.

When you are ready to take your Linux knowledge to the next level, the Advanced SUSE Linux Administration (Course 3038 v2.0), will teach you how to perform advanced administration tasks on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9: installation and manual configuration, performance tuning, backup and recovery services, and much more. After taking this course, you'll be prepared to take the Novell Certified Linux Professional (CLP) Practicum Exam.

The Thomson Course Technology materials include hands-on exercises with labs, as well as VMware to provide a virtual training environment for students to practice with real-world scenarios. Each course includes a full version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server software, accompanying textbook and setup files.

"Because Novell Linux courseware takes advantage of virtualization with VMware, our students get tremendous flexibility; they can complete their projects in the classroom, a computer lab or on a home computer."

Harry Bulbrook
Program Director for Networking Technologies
Durham Technical Community College

"Because Novell Linux courseware takes advantage of virtualization with VMware, our students get tremendous flexibility; they can complete their projects in the classroom, a computer lab or on a home computer," said Harry Bulbrook, program director, Network Technologies at Durham Technical Community College.

The Thomson Course Technology materials give instructors the confidence they need to teach Linux. For example, the courses include resources such as end-of-chapter projects for students, test and quiz banks with answer keys and complete slide decks.

Institutions can also use these courses to create a comprehensive distance learning solution with content on WebCT and BlackBoard. (Find details on the new courseware at

"We are seeing an increasing demand for Linux-trained professionals," said Dennis Williams, Senior Channel Manager at Thomson Learning. "We share the same goals as our academic partners: to provide the highest level of education, training and certification, and create the most 'employable' graduates."

This year CompTIA has joined with Novell to support Linux education and to reduce the barriers that students face in obtaining certification. CompTIA's Education to Careers program (E2C) is offering a free, 12-month CompTIA membership to schools that are part of Novell's NATP programs when they purchase a minimum of five CompTIA Linux+ exam vouchers. CompTIA E2C membership provides several benefits, including the ability to purchase exam vouchers for CompTIA Linux+ and other CompTIA certifications at the lowest possible prices.

"In the spirit of the open source community, we wanted to provide a Linux curriculum that not only maps to our own certifications, but also to those of other vendors," said Baron A. Rohbock, Academic Partner Manager for the Americas at Novell, Inc. "These partnerships with CompTIA and Thomson Course Technology represent an 'open' community of vendors rallying to meet a need."

> More Choices – Lower Costs
With the support of three industry leaders–Novell, Thomson Course Technology and CompTIA–academic institutions now have more options for Linux training. Novell courseware not only includes more options, but is also much more affordable than Red Hat courseware. Annual costs for Red Hat Academy can range from $3,500—$10,000. Costs that high will strain any academic budget.

The Novell Academic Training Partner (NATP) is the ideal way to teach Linux and other Novell technologies on your campus. For more information, visit N

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