LPI Announces New Affiliate in East Africa

(Sacramento, CA, USA) - The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced a new affiliate in Africa: LPI-East Africa. LPI-East Africa will promote LPI programs and certifications in the nations of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

"In 2010, the percentage growth of LPI exams was significant in Africa. This increase in testing demonstrates the active and progressive adoption of Linux and Open Source technologies on the continent. The emergence of LPI-East Africa is a further indication of this trend and we welcome this new affiliate into our network of global partners promoting Linux and Open Source professionalism," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

LPI-East Africa will be managed by Evans Ikua, a long time advocate of Linux and Open Source solutions in Kenya and other nations throughout East Africa. Mr. Ikua is also the FOSS Certification Manager for ict@innovation--a joint project of FOSSFA - The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Mr. Ikua was the founding chairman of the Linux Professional Association of Kenya and provides Linux and Open Source web solutions and training programs through his consulting company, LANet Consulting.

"The formation of Linux Professional Institute-East Africa marks a major milestone in the development of the Open Source community in East Africa. As a Master Affiliate for LPI in this region, we are now positioned strategically to offer better leadership on all Open Source matters. We are now entering into an exciting new realm where we will not only have the capacity to promote the use of Open Source, but we will also have the backing of a globally respected brand. This truly goes to confirm that LPI is a community driven professional body," said Evans Ikua, executive director, LPI-East Africa.

Inquiries on LPI-East Africa activities and programs may be made via email.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 290,000 exams and 95,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

About the Linux Professional Institute

The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

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