LINUX PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTE AND UNITEDLINUX
JOIN FORCES TO CREATE NEW UNITEDLINUX PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
NEW YORK - Jan. 22, 2003 - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) (www.lpi.org),
the premier professional certification program for the Linux community,
and UnitedLinux LLC (www.unitedlinux.com),
an industry initiative to streamline Linux development and certification
around a global, uniform distribution, have signed a cooperative agreement
to market a UnitedLinux professional certification program.
Under the memorandum of understanding, LPI and UnitedLinux will work
jointly to create new UnitedLinux specific exams, which, when passed together
with the current LPI Levels 1 and 2 exams, will lead to two new UnitedLinux
certifications. The new exams are expected to be available during the
first quarter of 2003:
- LPI's current Level 1 program (101 and 102), with the addition of
a 103 UnitedLinux-specific exam, will result in a UnitedLinux Certified
Professional (ULCP) certification.
- The existing LPI Level 2 program (201 and 202), with the addition
of a 203 UnitedLinux-specific exam, will result in a UnitedLinux Certified
Expert (ULCE) certification.
"This agreement solidifies our vendor-neutral position within the
Linux community and demonstrates the value of our program as a foundation
for organizations like UnitedLinux to use to build their own certification
programs," said LPI's president Evan Leibovitch. "Our agreement
also shows the open source community working together to achieve collective
success. We look forward to helping create future industry recognition
and provide an organizational path for IT professionals."
"Partnering with LPI will offer UnitedLinux adopters access to
high-quality professional resources, so that they can deploy products
powered by UnitedLinux with confidence," said Paula Hunter, general
manager of UnitedLinux. "Our agreement with LPI compliments the training
programs our founding members will offer to the marketplace."
LPI's mandate is to design and deliver a certification program from within
the Linux community, using both volunteer and professional resources.
Linux certification topped the list of certifications expected to rise
in importance most quickly, according to the 2002 CRN Certification study.
LPI has also been selected as the winner, for the second consecutive year,
of the Linux Journal's annual Editors' Choice Awards in the Training and
Certification category. LPI has delivered over 20,000 Level 1 and Level
2 certification exams globally in just two years since the program's inception.
Founding companies of UnitedLinux are Linux industry leaders Conectiva
S.A., The SCO Group (NASDAQ:SCOX), SuSE Linux AG, and Turbolinux, Inc.
UnitedLinux Version 1.0, released in November, is the engine that powers
products sold by the four companies, each with its own value-add features,
services and pricing.
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 Virtual University Enterprises
(VUE) and Prometric testing centers. LPI's major financial sponsors are
Platinum Sponsors IBM (NYSE:IBM), Linuxcare, Maxspeed, The SCO Group (NASDAQ:SCOX),
SGI (NYSE:SGI), SuSE Linux AG and TurboLinux, as well as Gold Sponsors
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) and Wave Technologies.
UnitedLinux is a partnership of industry-leading Linux companies combining
their intellectual property, geographic mind share, sales, support and
marketing expertise to produce a uniform distribution of Linux designed
for business. UnitedLinux applies the collaborative development model
of open source to the business model to enable a one-stop shop for developers,
partners and customers to install, support and maintain quality business
solutions based on Linux anywhere in the world. UnitedLinux is actively
recruiting membership for both industry software developers and those
who provide Linux as an integral part of their business solutions. For
more information, visit http://www.unitedlinux.com
or call UnitedLinux at
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