Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, is prepping training initiatives for four key audiences: IT professionals, desktop users (consumers and business users), system builders and university students. Bill Cina, a training program manager at Canonical, outlined the strategy during the Ubuntu Live conference in Portland, Oregon.
Sometime this month, Canonical will announce a system builder program that involves two days of classroom training. The course will show system builders how to install, configure and test Ubuntu before shipping systems to customers, according to Cina.
And by December, Canonical will have major training initiatives under way to help desktop users master Ubuntu. The desktop training will include classroom and e-learning formats, Cina indicated.
Canonical already has major training partners in Canada, Germany, Poland, India and portions of Russia. Similar efforts are “almost there” in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Finland, France, South Africa, the Ukraine, and other portions of Russia, Cina said.
By the end of 2007, Cina expects Canonical to have one or two major training partners in the United States with five or six major training centers offering Ubuntu courses.
“We’re not promising the flood gates will open once you advertise Ubuntu training,” says Cina. “But we are promising that time will come and we’ll all work with each other to reach that time. We’ll recruit a limited number of partners in each region, because we want our training partners to be profitable. When the floodgates do open, we want our early partners to benefit.”