Originally Posted by XavierP
As Slackware isn't really a corporation, and I suspect that PatV's mansion is smaller than we'd expect, I seriously doubt he has the spare cash to sponsor the LPI.
Great answer @XavierP! This is a good place to jump off and ramp up the discussion on this point. FYI, pls see in the following link that Slackware Linux, Inc.
, really is a [California (I believe)]corporation with registered trademarks, and Slack was once distributed in shrink-wrap by Morse Telecommunications, and placed on the shelves at Egghead software and other retailers at one time, as well as by Walnut Creek.
I believe that you are correct in assuming that Patrick (Slackware Linux, Inc.) doesn't have the disposable income readily available to become such a sponsor of LPI and their programs, but I'll get back to that in a minute
I'll also respond to the other two posts regarding my motivation. Typically, when someone creates a post like mine, they're fishing, or 'trolling' perhaps (but in a good way I assure you).
My motive was questioned in a rather odd way by @unspawn, who might have taken a few moments to look over many of the past threads I've participated in, demonstrating zealous and unwavering support for Patrick's distro (actually, I've been a stalwart fan of Slackware since the 0.99 kernel).
I've been promoting and converting people to Slackware when/wherever I can for many many years now, and I do have ulterior motives for my post - to catalyze discussion on the issue of Slackware's sponsorship of the LPI program.
Think about this: Slack is the most UNIX of most Unices currently available (and has been almost since its inception). LPI is the most distribution neutral (Flavor Neutral, if you want to include its benefit to the BSD and other UNIX communities) of all of the certification programs.
LPI is solidly grounded in the same philosophies as the impetus for the Linux Kernel to be GPL'd, POSIX standards, and the whole Bob Dobbs musings.
No, I'm not suggesting that Patrick shell out duckets to be listed as an LPI sponsor, even though Slackware (and perhaps Gentoo or LFS) is arguably the most likely Linux Distro to come to mind when one first thinks of an LPI-like program.
What I am suggesting, is support for the notion of a collection plate to take to Patrick (with money in it), so that Slackware, obo the community of our fellow Slackers, can be prominently displayed as a sponsor of LPI.
I can't imagine a better Linux Distro to enable an LPI professional to base their education upon in a distro-independant way (other than the BSDs, which aren't Linux
If there is support for such a campaign in the community, then I believe that Patrick would provide a nod of approval for such an endeavor.
Now my motives are known.