[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI participates in UN Symposium of Free and Open Source Software

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Tue Aug 29 10:21:36 EDT 2006


Linux Professional Institute participates in UN Symposium of Free and
Open Source Software

(New York City, USA: August 29, 2006) – The Linux Professional Institute
(LPI), (http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification
organization will participate in a United Nations Institute for Training
and Research (UNITAR: http://www.unitar.org) Symposium on Free and Open Source
Software on August 29, 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New
York City, USA. The Symposium, entitled "Alternative Technologies for
Development: A Look at Free Open Source Software (FOSS)" is organized in
collaboration with Intel Corporation and the UN Conference on Trade and
Development (UNCTAD).

LPI's Director of Operations, Glenn McKnight, will be speaking at the
afternoon session on the subject of "Free and Open Source Software and
Human Capacity Building". Other speakers during the day include
representatives from IBM, Novell, Microsoft, Red Hat, various UN
departments, the Free Software Foundation, and the Free and Open Source
Software Foundation of Africa (FOSSFA).

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of LPI, said that LPI's interest in
multilateral public policy on the use of Free and Open Source software
is a key strategic goal of the organization: "LPI has long recognized
the importance of facilitating policy dialogue in the interests of
promoting the adoption of Open Source software. However, our focus has
always been on the need for professional skills development of human
resources within the IT sector and the need for open and professional
standards." Mr. Lacey cited as a recent example of LPI's commitment to
promoting professional skills development and standards to the
organization's announcement this month of an international placement
service for Open Source professionals.

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.

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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 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.

Media contact:

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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