LPI Bootcamp at Birmingham City University
In mid June of this year (2019), around twenty computing students attending the School of Computing and Digital Technology, at Birmingham City University (BCU), took part in a one week boot camp to gain Linux Professional Institute (LPI) Linux Essentials certification status.
“Linux is the hidden engine behind much of our modern technology,” says bootcamp leader Stephen Murphy, Associate Professor in Computing. “It powers 75% of mobile phones, nearly 100% of supercomputers, and around 80% of Internet servers. It’s huge, growing, and somehow very few people know much about it. BCU students gaining a world recognised qualification is great news for their future employability”.
The boot camp is a regular feature of BCU life, having run every year since 2012, but this year was sponsored by the Linux Professional Institute, making it more accessible than ever before. The bootcamp is another example of the School’s continuing drive to produce job ready graduates in cutting edge technologies.
G. Matthew Rice, executive director of LPI added, “We, at LPI, are very happy with the interest shown by the students of BCU in learning Linux and open source skills. These skills will be extremely useful in their future IT careers. We'd also like to thank BCU for hosting this event. BCU is one of the first recipients of our new grants program which is intended for partners that want to do more to engage their communities in acquiring open source and Linux skills and knowledge. This event was a success for everyone involved.”