[lpi-discuss] [LPI-News] LPI Announces Initiative with Guangdong Linux Center in China

Scott Lamberton scottl at lpi.org
Mon Jul 10 11:44:03 EDT 2006


Linux Professional Institute Announces Initiative with Guangdong Linux
Center in China

(Toronto, Canada: July 10, 2006) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI),
(http://www.lpi.org), the world's premier Linux certification
organization and its Master Affiliate for the Greater China Region
(http://lpichina.org/) announced Guangdong Linux Center--GDLC
(http://www.gd-linux.org) as its sub-affiliate for Guangdong
Province—-the largest province by GDP in China. This initiative of
LPI's affiliate in Greater China is a key component of LPI's Regional
Enablement Initiative in the region.

GDLC is a non-profit organization sponsored by seven major government
departments which include the Development and Reform Commission of
Guangdong Province, the Department of Science and Technology of
Guangdong Province, the Department of Information Industry of Guangdong
Province, the Department of Education of Guangdong Province, the
Guangdong Provincial Finance Bureau, the Department of Public Security
of Guangdong Province and the Department of Quality and Technology
Administration of Guangdong Province.  GDLC is managed and operated by
the Department of Information Industry of Guangdong Province.  The
mission of the center is to promote the use of Linux  and Open Source
applications within government, enterprise and the general public.

“We share LPI’s mission to advocate for and assist the Linux and Open
Source Community in China in their efforts to ensure that Open Source
software is more broadly accepted and well used by government entities
and enterprises through collaborating with hardware and software
vendors and the Linux community all over the world.  This cooperation
with LPI will be very beneficial to GDLC in providing  professional
training based on world standard LPI certified Linux training programs
and LPI's globally recognized Linux professional certification
programs,” said Dr. Yuan Quan, Director of GDLC.

“We are delighted to have GDLC as our partner in Guangdong province.
The accelerating economic developent of this Pearl River triangle zone
is amazing.  The support for Linux and Open Source from the government
will greatly encourage and motivate the creativity and innovation in
product design and development necessary to move from “made in China”
to “designed and developed in China,” said Larry McArthur, Area
Operations Manager of North America and Asia Pacific for LPI.   Mr.
McArthur was also very impressed by GDLC’s modern and spacious facility
and high quality professionals.  Mr. McArthur added: ”We are very
pleased to be providing LPI world class certification exams with GDLC,
but also to have the opportunity to work more closely with the Linux
community of Guangdong province through GDLC.  We look forward to our
partnership with GDLC in providing great success and progress for the
Chinese Open Source Community.”

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
seven languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an
affiliate network spanning five continents.

LPI's milestones in the last year include:

More than 100,000 exams delivered worldwide
(http://www.lpi.org/en/news_item/131).

More than 30,000 professional certifications delivered worldwide
(http://www.lpi.org/en/news_item/139).

The world's first IT certification to receive professional accreditation
(http://www.lpi.org/en/news_item/126).

Top 10 IT certification for two years in a row
(http://certcities.com/editorial/features/story.asp?EditorialsID=95&page=3).

Highest salaries for certified Linux professionals
(http://www.certmag.com/images/CM1205_Figure1.htm).

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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 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
Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE 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 contacts:

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

Candy Yang
Marketing Communications
LPI-China
Email:candy_at_lpi-china.org
Web:http://www.lpi.org


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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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