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S'pore polytechnic to offer Linux training

To give students a head-start in open-source software, Singapore Polytechnic will be including SuSE Linux as part of its IT curriculum.

SINGAPORE--To give students a head-start in open-source software, Singapore Polytechnic will be including SuSE Linux as part of its IT curriculum.

Under the Novell Academic Training Partner program launched Wednesday, some 200 IT students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the Linux operating system to equip them with basic Linux skills, according to a Novell statement.

Students who wish to take their skills further can also go on to earn Novell certification such as the Novell Certified Linux Professional and the Novell Certified Linux Engineer.

Daniel Veitkus, vice-president of Novell Training Services, said the two- to four-hour certification exams will not provide any room for rote learning. Students will be taught to "correct issues in an IT environment, and solve the problems in such a way that will not compromise the rest of the enterprise".

So far, the global pass rate among those who have attempted the exams is 30 percent, he added.