[LPI-News] Linux Professional Institute Announces Volunteer Prizes and Community Initiatives

slamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Wed Jul 21 13:32:40 EDT 2010

LPI Announces Volunteer Prizes and Community Initiatives

(Sacramento, CA, USA - July 21, 2010) -- The Linux Professional
Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), announced a number of initiatives for its
community members: these include LPIMall.com (http://www.lpimall.com) --
a webstore for LPI affinity products for Linux professionals, a survey
of LPI alumni, and prizes for volunteer contributors from around the
world who assist with LPI's exam development program.

"LPI continues to successfully engage with industry leadership
particularly on joint initiatives with other certification vendors on
behalf of our exam candidates.  However, we also make significant
efforts to reach out to the wider community of Linux professionals to
seek their feedback on new services that LPI might offer to individual
exam candidates and our certification holders," said Jim Lacey,
president and CEO of LPI.  Mr. Lacey explained that the web
store for LPI affinity products was one such initiative that Linux
professionals had expressed an interest in during a survey with LPI
alumni last year.

LPIMall.com offers a number of LPI affinity products including T-shirts,
baseball caps, mouse pads, business card holders and the ever popular
"LPI graduation penguin"
At present due to shipping costs LPIMall.com is only available to
customers in North America, however LPI plans to offer additional
products at the store and eventually expand product distribution to
other parts of the world.  LPI recently announced the store to their
alumni in North America and the first ten customers were awarded a free
exam voucher.  A full list of prize recipients is included here:

LPI alumni were also invited to complete a survey on potential
initiatives that would assist IT professionals in engaging in lifelong
careers in Open Source and Linux technologies.  Participants in the
survey were invited to submit their name for a random draw for an LPI
exam voucher and Christel Powell of Danville, Illinois is the fortunate
award winner.

In addition, participants in LPI's recent Job Task Analysis for their
LPIC-3 specialty exam on High Availability and Virtualization (LPI-304)
are receiving volunteer awards.  LPI alumni from around the world
provided feedback on the necessary requirements for such an exam program
through LPI's Job Task Analysis survey--an essential component of LPI's
exam development process:

Award winners will receive gift certificates and originate in the
following countries Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy,
Japan, the Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United
States.  A full list of award winners for the JTA survey can be found at

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 258,000 exams and 87,000
LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the 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 September 1999 by the Linux
community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate
recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux
professionals. LPI advances 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, HP and IDG.

Media contact:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

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