scottl at lpi.org
Thu Mar 3 10:53:42 EST 2005
1. LPI in Asia
2. LPI at OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit
- Professional Exchange for Open Source Developers
- LPI contributes to Tsumani Disaster Relief
- First LATP in Bulgaria
- LPI website in Swedish
4. LPI in the Media
6. New Staff
1. LPI in Asia
In January, Glenn McKnight, LPI Director of Business Development,
traveled to Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo to meet with LPI
representatives in the region.
In particular, LPI-China representatives were eager to outline their
future commitments to making LPI successful in that country:
-translation of LATM open source courseware (developed by UNDP and
LinuxIT) into Chinese
-work with 35 universities across China that are presently involved in
IBM University Relationship Department to explore potential LATP status
-a direct email campaign to develop LPI alumni relations
-outreach program to private training schools
-full participation at IDG shows in Shanghai and Beijing including
potential item writing workshops
-potential co-operation with ASIANUX distribution
In Japan, Mr. McKnight met with two separate companies which are
interested in developing an alternative computer based testing system
for government exams and would also like to involve LPI. He also met
with the new LPI-Japan Office manager, Tanaka-san, who comes from the
International Marketing Association in Japan and who has built the IMA
substantially over the past 8 years.
2. LPI at OSDL Enterprise Linux Summit
In late January, LPI President, Evan Leibovitch and Mark Miller, Level 1
Program Manager attended the Open Source Development Labs Enterprise
Linux Summit in Burlingame, California.
LPI representatives attended to take a survey of summit participants on
our certification program and to discuss possible joint initiatives with
OSDL. This included meetings with the President of OSDL, Stuart Cohen,
and members of the Free Standards Group and Debian. Mark Miller also
intended valuable sessions on the Linux Standards Base which will inform
future exam development activities.
3. LPI Announcements
Professional Exchange for Open Source Developers
Our LPI-US affiliate, the Open Source Software Institute, has created an
interactive Professional Exchange for open source developers. All
resumes should be sent to jobs at oss-institute.org and Job opportunities
should be sent to helpwanted at oss-institute.org. At present they are
seeking PHP developers and Account managers. Please send any questions
or comments to John Weathersby at jmw at oss-institute.org.
LPI contributes to Tsumani Disaster Relief
LPI contributed $500 to Médecins Sans Frontiers (Doctors without
Borders, http://www.msf.ca), a medical relief agency, following the
December 26 earthquake and resulting tsunamis in South-East Asia. The
donation was matched by the Canadian government.
First LATP in Bulgaria
In January, LPI-Bulgaria signed its first LATP agreement with Burgas
Free University (www.bfu.bg). The University is considering offering its
LPI training free of charge to its students as part of their IT bachelor
degree program. For more information contact Stanimir Ivanov of
LPI website in Swedish
In January, the LPI website also became available in Swedish. Volunteers
Jens Johansson (LPIC1) and Jörgen Carlberg of Sweden have kindly
volunteered their services for this effort. Many thanks to Jens and Jörgen!
4. LPI in the Media
¨Are Vendor Certifications Worth It?¨ Keith Winston, LXer.com (January 2005)
In the above online article the writer questions the value of vendor
certifications and praises LPI:
¨...by focusing on a broad set of Linux administration skills, LPI has
created a valuable certification not tied to a particular distribution...¨
For more information see
Linux Magazine becomes PLATINUM SPONSOR of LPI
In January LPI announced that Linux Magazine
(http://www.linux-magazine.com/) had become its most recent Platinum
Sponsor. Linux Magazine is an independent, English-language magazine
providing advanced Linux know-how to readers in over 100 countries.
Linux New Media, publisher of Linux Magazine, is based in Munich,
Germany, and is the world's leading supplier of Linux content.
http://www.linux-magazine.com/ (about half way down the front page)
5. LPI Events
LinuxWorld Canada Conference & Expo 2005
April 18-20, 2005
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Conference Booth and Exam Lab
For more information visit www.linuxworldcanada.com
LPI Exam Development Workshop In Essen, Germany, February 16-19
LPI will be hosting a Level 2 exam development workshop in Essen, Germany.
Exam development workshops have previously been held in St. Louis and
China for Level 1 question formulation (item writing). The Essen workshop
will be the first for Level 2 question writing, review and quality
assurance and was organized by Dimitrios Bogiatzoules (Taki) of the LPI
exam development team and his fellow Board members of LPI-German.
The purpose of the German workshop is to populate the Level 2 question
pool selection with new items. The workshop will involve Linux specialists
from Brazil, the United Kingdom and Germany.
World´s Largest LPI Exam Lab
Recently, our friends at Afribiz in South Africa read of the 200 person
exam lab which was held in Hong Kong in 2003. They decided to see if
they could meet that challenge. Together with our affiliate in South
Africa, The Shuttleworth Foundation, they will be hosting an exam lab
near Johannesburg, South Africa on February 25, 2005. To date over 330
people have registered to take LPI exams! Congratulations!
For more information see http://www.afribiz.co.za/lpiframe.html
FOSDEM Discounted LPI Exam Labs, Brussels, Belgium
The fifth Annual Free and Open source Software Developers' European
Meeting will host discounted LPI Exam Labs on February 26-27, 2005 in
Brussels, Belgium. Exams 101 and 201 will be available at a cost of 35
euros per exam. Interested candidates should contact FOSDEM organizers
at info_at_fosdem.org and be sure to obtain LPI IDs.
6. New LPI Staff:
Machtelt Garrels (Tille), Translation Coordinator
Tille will be responsible for coordinating the translation effort both
for exams and for the web site.
Tille has recently obtained her LPIC1 and is a long time Linux sysadmin
who is fluent in English, Dutch, and French with a working knowledge of
Spanish and German. Tille is a volunteer with The Linux Documentation
project, a regular contributor to LinuxJournal and LinuxMagazine and is
presently employed with the Belgian railway company in the UNIX
Mark Miller, Level One Program Manager
Although Mark has been volunteering with LPI since last March, in
January he joined us full time as the lead on LPIC1 exam development.
Mark has worked with Linux since 1995 and was an electronics technician
and trainer for the US Navy where he created technical tests. A major
focus of his work in LPIC1 exam development will be leading item writing
workshops amongst our affiliate organizations to develop test questions.
Arlene MacFarlane, Media Relations
Late last fall Arlene began to assist LPI with media-related duties.
Arlene is now responsible for creating and distributing all LPI media
releases. Arlene has more than 20 years experience in communications,
marketing and public relations, with a background in government,
academic, private and non-profit sectors.
Arlene has her own communications and web design company in Dundas,
Director of Community Relations
Linux Professional Institute
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