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The Third Annual Southern California Linux Expo

Arif Sayed

Arif Sayed was born in India where he received his associate's degree in electronics and telecommunications in 1988. As his final year project he built a microcomputer from scratch. This was his first exposure to the computer world. After that, he pursued his career at the University of Houston, completing his bachelor's degree in computer network engineering.

After finishing his degree he was employed by Compaq as a network engineer for the UNIX and Windows operating systems division. In the late 90s Sayed was employed by Image Entertainment-a DVD distribution company as a senior network administrator. He was responsible for managing an enterprise level network with 36 servers that had Windows, Novell, and UNIX operating systems. He also set up a WAN location for Image's Where house in Las Vegas.

It was this company Sayed set up and configured two Apache web servers on Red Hat Linux platform. From this point on he worked with Linux servers on several different occasions and he also completed several different certifications in Linux.

In the year 2000 he Co-founded ABCO Technology as a computer training center for information technology and is now a director of training for this institution.

Arif says his primary focus is to provide "a realistic hands-on training for people to efficiently perform at their job. When students step in to their IT department after receiving our training, they are more confident and at ease with the tasks they will need to perform on the job". This is accomplished through a comprehensive training program set up personally by Arif at ABCO Technology.

Types of Linux Certifications

The talk will focus on the different types of Linux certifications available including: Comptia Linux +, Red Hat Engineer/RHCE, and the Linux Professional Institute certification. We will discuss opportunities existing for Linux in the job market and how candidates can prepare themselves through certification for an exciting career. We will touch briefly on Linux acceptance in Wifi and how a Linux certification is beneficial to candidates working in this field.