Linux Professional Institute Affiliate for Western Balkans Region Adds New Albania Sub-Affiliate

(Thessaloniki, Greece - Tirana, Albania: March 4, 2014) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced that its Master Affiliate for the Western Balkans Region LPI-Greece (http://www.lpi.org.gr/) recently appointed Open Labs (http://www.opelabs.cc) as the LPI Sub-Affiliate Albania. Open Labs, is a non-profit association that currently organizes most of the Free Software / Open Source Software activity in Albania. They provide seminars, courses and learning workshops on GNU/Linux and open hardware technologies.

“We welcome Open Labs as a new affiliate in the LPI community. We look forward to supporting them in their efforts to expand the Linux and Open Source communities in Albania,” said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.

"We are more than excited to represent the LPI network in Albania. At Open Labs we have the vision of building a FLOSS ecosystem based on the principles of the international Free Libre Open Source Communities. Education is a basic and very important element of this ecosystem and our partnership with LPI and LPI Greece certainly contributes positively and effectively in this direction” added Mr. Redon Skikuli for Open Labs.

Konstantinos Boukouvalas, operations manager of LPI-Greece had the following comment on the new partnership: "Redon came in contact with me at openSUSE Conference last July. From the very first word we exchanged we had very good chemistry and by September it was my turn to visit Albania, being the first from greek Free Software communities to make such trip. Together with GREEKLUG VP Konstantinos Mousafiris we witnessed the integrity of Open Labs facilities and the thriving community members of it. I believe that GNU/Linux and Linux professionalism found its home in Albania”

For more information on LPI's Affiliates please visit: http://www.lpi.org/international-affiliates

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About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is dedicated to providing a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. LPI's leading vendor-independent Linux certification program is supported by a global affiliate network that has helped deliver over 350,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities.

About Open Labs:

Open Labs is known as the free Libre Open Source community in Albania promoting Open Knowledge culture since 2012. Open Labs members organize weekly meet-ups, projections, workshops and trainings related to FLOSS projects such as Wikipedia, Linux, Mozilla, WordPress and of course GNU/Linux. The organization is well known for collaborations with other organizations in the region and is now working for the organization of the first conference dedicated to FLOSS culture. Open Labs is based in Tirana, the capital of Albania, and is a registered non for profit. http://www.openlabs.cc

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