[lpi-discuss] Linux Professional Institute and Canonical Announce Ubuntu Professional Certification

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Tue Apr 4 08:39:56 EDT 2006


MEDIA RELEASE

Linux Professional Institute and Canonical Announce Ubuntu Professional
Certification

(Boston, USA: April 4, 2006) – The Linux Professional Institute (LPI),
(http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification
organization, and Canonical Ltd. (http://www.canonical.com), sponsor of
the award-winning Ubuntu operating system, jointly announced the
development of a certification exam for the Ubuntu distribution.  This
certification exam will enable qualified candidates to demonstrate
specific expertise in the professional use of the Ubuntu
(http://www.ubuntu.com).  The certification exam will be launched at
Johannesburg, South Africa, May 16 - 19, 2006.

“We have long considered LPIC-1 to be the entry-level professional
certification for all Linux distributions.  This collaborative
initiative with Ubuntu clearly demonstrates how Linux software
developers can leverage our existing distribution-neutral program to
create professional certification programs for their own software
packages,” said Jim Lacey, President and CEO of the Linux Professional
Institute.  Mr. Lacey added that they were open to similar approaches
from other distributions.

Jane Silber, a spokesperson for Canonical Ltd., the company which is the
overall sponsor of Ubuntu, said that the certification was in response
to extensive demand from both individuals and enterprises. She also
recognized that LPI was a natural partner in the development of Ubuntu's
certification program: “Ubuntu use in the enterprise is increasing,
leading to an increasing demand from engineers and managers for a
certification which proves an individual's Ubuntu skills.  LPI's
entry-level LPIC-1 program is the right basis for our own professional
certification, and their global delivery structure will ensure the
availability of our program to candidates around the world.”

The Ubuntu certification will consist of a single exam on top of LPI's
existing 101 and 102 exams.  This will give candidates the advantage of
an existing global standard,  LPIC-1, plus the “Ubuntu Certified
Professional” status.  The exam is being developed by LPI's product
development team and Ubuntu community members from around the globe.
The exam is expected to be completed in early May with the first paper
exams being available in mid-May to qualified LPIC-1 candidates who are
attending LinuxWorld Johannesburg.  The computer-based testing version
will be made available later in June through Thomson Prometric and
Pearson VUE testing centres around the world.  Initial exam price has
been set at $100 US.

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About Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional
certification for the Linux operating system, independent of software
vendors or training providers. Established as an international
non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops
accessible, internationally-recognized certification programs which have
earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. LPI's
activities involve hundreds of volunteers and professionals throughout
the world in many different capacities, and the group encourages active
public involvement through mailing lists and its website at www.lpi.org.
LPI's multi-level program of exams is administered globally through
Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers. 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 Canonical Limited:

Canonical Ltd is committed to the development, distribution and
promotion of open source software, and to the provision of commercial
tools and support services on a global basis. Canonical's award-winning
Ubuntu operating environment has been adopted as the preferred desktop
solution in governments, schools and businesses around the world. The
company employs developers and support engineers across 15 countries and
is headquartered in the Isle of Man. For more information, please check
www.ubuntu.com and www.canonical.com.

Media contacts:

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

Jane Silber
Canonical Limited
Telephone: +44 20 7052 9843
Email: jane.silber at canonical.com
Web: http://www.ubuntu.com, http://www.canonical.com

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



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