[openskills-dev] Skills tree: kernel hacking; device drivers; certifications

Daniel Noll daniel at noll.id.au
Sun Apr 23 06:55:04 BST 2006

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On 23/04/2006, at 11:08 AM, Shane MacPhillamy wrote:
> I would like to include references to:
> - - industry certifications such as CISSP, LPI

Certifications are interesting because they're not skills, but rather  
part of the proof of the skills.  I figure they should go as a new  
top-level, rather than being under Skill.

However, I get the feeling that the SkillsBase won't let you do this  
in its current state. :-)

> - - device driver writing/maintenance in various OSes (Mac OS, xBSD,
> Linux etc)
> - - kernel hacking (Mac OS, Linux, xBSD, etc)
> in the skills tree.
> I don't remember seeing much in the way of discussion on these
> topics. What are the views of where this should appear?

My opinion is that this would look something like:

Application Areas -> Operating Systems -> Device Drivers

My interpretation of Application Areas has been that it represents  
development of that type of application.  I base this interpretation  
on the fact that there is already a Software hierarchy where people  
have been checking off their use of various applications.

I do wonder if "Application Areas" needs clarification though.

Where kernel hacking fits in probably depends what you're hacking  
in.  Perhaps an equally adequate sub-skill could be created, based on  
the actual code being written.

BTW, it looks like this would make you the first OS developer on the  
SkillsBase (otherwise the Operating Systems skill would already exist  
at this level of the hierarchy.)


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