[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI and Free Standards Group join forces in Latin America

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Tue Aug 8 15:54:54 EDT 2006

Linux Professional Institute and Free Standards Group join forces in
Latin America

(Sao Paulo, Brazil: August 8, 2006) - The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), (http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification
organization and the Free Standards Group (http://www.freestandards.com)
will combine forces in Latin America to promote Open Standards and
professional certification.  The two organizations will initiate this
relationship through their key participation in a five city IT tour in Brazil
beginning in August 2006 which includes such leading companies as IBM
and Novell, local LPI training partners and other IT organizations.

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of LPI noted that this partnership was an
ideal example of LPI's larger global strategy of supporting local and
regional efforts to promote Open Source adoption: "LPI's Regional
Enablement Initiative works best where we are able to identify tools and
collaborative efforts that assist our regional representatives efforts
to promote Linux professionalism.  FSG is the acknowledged world leader
in advocating for Free and Open Standards and together we can have a
substantial impact on the continuing adoption of Open Source Software in
Latin America."

Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Free Standards Group (FSG)
welcomed this initiative and noted LPI's longstanding
vendor-independence: "LPI is a natural partner for us in promoting Free
and Open Standards.  Their Linux skills certification program is recognized
around the world as the baseline standard for Linux professionals.  In
addition, like ourselves, they recognize the importance of
vendor-neutrality.  Free and Open Standards, inter-operability and
vendor-neutral certifications prevent vendor lock-in and ensure a
productive and innovative Open Source community," said Zemlin. Mr.
Zemlin also recognized the efforts of FSG Board member, Jim Lacey,
President and CEO of LPI in making this partnership possible.

Jose Carlos Gouveia, LPI Area Operations Manager for Latin America, will
lead this initiative in Brazil.  His initial work
will focus on an IT roadshow to the cities of  Sao Paulo, Rio de
Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre and Brasilia. The road show will
consist of day long seminars for local companies and academic
institutions from August to October on the subject of legacy
modernization--including Linux adoption and migration.

Mr. Gouveia will present on the subject of Linux Professional certification
and Free and Open Standards during these events.  The Brazilian tour involves
representatives from leading multi-national IT companies and Brazilian
Linux training and service companies.  "Latin American nations have long
been leaders in public policy that is supportive of Open Source
adoption. FSG is a natural partner for us in the region and will be
readily embraced by both enterprise and governments who fully appreciate
the need for universal Free Standards for the continuing growth of Open
Source software in Latin America," said Gouveia.

Mr. Gouveia joined LPI last November (see:
http://www1.lpi.org/en/news_item/130) and since then has substantially
expanded LPI's network of support throughout Latin America.  Prior to
LPI, Mr. Gouveia worked the last five years for SGI-Silicon Graphics as
Area General Manager for Latin America. He has also worked as a General
Manager for Novell, Platinum Technologies, PeopleSoft and J.D.Edwards in
the region and as a director for Anderson Consulting (Accenture) and Dun
& Bradstreet Software.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is an internationally recognized,
vendor-independent organization advocating and assisting the
professional use of Linux, Open Source and Free Software, through the
certification of Linux professionals. Established as a non-profit
organization in 1999, LPI is community based and supported. LPI's
certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages. The
organization has delivered over 120,000+ LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 exams and
35,000+ certifications, globally, since the program's inception.


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 IT professionals. LPI's
activities involve hundreds of volunteers and dedicated Linux
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 Free Standards Group:

The Free Standards Group is an independent, nonprofit organization
dedicated to accelerating the use of free and open source software by
developing and promoting standards. Key Free Standards Group projects
include the Linux Standard Base (LSB) and OpenI18N, the
internationalization initiative. Supported by leaders in the IT industry
as well as the open source development community, the Free Standards
Group fulfils a critical need to have common behavioural specifications,
tools and ABIs across Linux platforms. Key members of the FSG include
AMD, Computer Associates, Debian, Dell, Fujitsu, Google, HP, IBM, Intel,
MySQL, NEC, Novell, Red Flag, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, Veritas and
many others.

Media Contacts:

Amanda McPherson
Marketing Director
Free Standards Group
2370 Market St. #157
San Francisco, CA 94114
Tel: (415) 531-0483
Fax: (415) 354-1787
Email: amanda at freestandards.org
Web: http://www.freestandards.org

Jose Carlos Gouveia
Area Operations Manager, LPI-Latin America
Linux Professional Institute
Alameda Sabia, 1003
06428-110 Barueri-SP, Brazil
Tel: + 55 11 8133-4177
Email: gouveia at lpi.org
Web: http://www.lpi.org

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