[LPI-News] Novell supports Linux Professional Institute's LPIC-3 Certification

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Wed Dec 6 10:31:43 EST 2006


Novell supports Linux Professional Institute's upcoming Enterprise-Level
Certification (LPIC-3)

Cooperation aimed at driving Open Source adoption

(TORONTO, Canada and WALTHAM, Mass – Dec. 6, 2006) The Linux
Professional Institute (LPI), (http://www.lpi.org) the world's premier
vendor neutral Linux* certification and Novell, developer of the widely
acclaimed Linux distribution, SUSE® Linux Enterprise, announced a series
of initiatives to promote Linux professional credentials and the global
adoption of Open Source software. In particular, LPI welcomed the
cooperation of Novell on the development of LPI's upcoming
enterprise-level certification program: LPIC-3.

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of LPI, in recognizing Novell's assistance
on LPIC-3 development, noted that the two organizations share similar
strategies in promoting the adoption and growth of Open Source: "We are
finding that LPI's Regional Enablement Initiative, which seeks out
strong regional players with existing sales channels, is ideal in
promoting the larger agenda of Open Source adoption and Linux
professionalism. This coincides with Novell's previously announced
global network of Linux "Centers of Excellence”. These channel
initiatives are fundamental to the growing importance of Linux in the
enterprise environment." Mr. Lacey pointed out a multiple city tour in
Brazil on legacy modernization which is sponsored by Novell and IBM at
which LPI has been a key player in promoting Linux professional skills
development and Open Standards.

LPIC-3 will be LPI's senior certification level for Linux professionals,
requiring candidates to hold both LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 designations. LPI
will launch the program in January 2007 and will hold the first North
American exam lab at Novell's BrainShare® event in March 2007. Mr. Lacey
praised the involvement of Novell in the development of LPIC-3 and noted
that they brought important enterprise-level perspective to the
certification program. Mr.Lacey also noted the growing interest of LPI
training partners in Novell's recent announcement of an innovative free
online "Train the Teacher" program: "This resource is beneficial to our
own channel needs and is reflective of the open and resource-sharing
nature of the Linux community. We welcome Novell's initiative in this
regard as it will be an excellent tool in promoting Open Source education."

"Novell has always supported LPI's dedication to the development of
Linux professionals,” said Dan Veitkus, Vice-President, Novell® Training
Services. “We believe in offering our customers and partners the best
set of choices for raising their Linux IQ, and we're in full support of
LPIC-3 as the next step for Novell's Linux Certified professionals.
LPIC-3 specifically targets the needs of large enterprise, IT
professionals and IT consultancies that require a broad architect level
professional credential." Mr. Veitkus added that a number of Novell's
technical trainers, engineers and developers have been engaged to assist
LPI in the development of LPIC-3.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise and professionals and within government and the
educational community. LPI's certification program is delivered
worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the
programs inception, LPI has delivered over 120,000+ exams and 35,000+
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills
on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of
comprehensive, top quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an
international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community,
the Linux Professional Institute seeks to become recognized as the
global leader in the certification of Linux professionals while
advancing the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners,
sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities.
LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal,
Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors,
Hewlett-Packard and IDG.


About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™.
With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers
manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by
leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With more than
20 years of experience, 4,700 employees, 5,000 partners and support
centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their
IT operating environments while reducing costs. More information about
Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com. Novell is a registered
trademark and Software for the Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell,
Inc. in the United States and other countries.

Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks, BrainShare is a registered
service mark, and Software for the Open Enterprise is a trademark of
Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

*Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other
third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Media Contacts:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
Web: http://www.lpi.org
Telephone: +1-416-666-1574
scottl at lpi.org

Bruce Lowry
Novell
(415) 383-8408
blowry at novell.com


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