LPI Announces New Affiliate in Croatia

(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 30, 2011) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced a new Master Affiliate for Croatia (LPI-Croatia). LPI-Croatia will be managed and operated by the Croatian Linux Users Group--Hrvatska Udruga Linux Korisnika (HULK: http://www.linux.hr).

"The Croatian Linux Users Group is a leading advocate for the use of Linux and Open Source Software in its region.  We welcome them into the global network of LPI affiliates as they will provide an additional community voice for professional training and IT certification in Linux. LPI consistently seeks out region-specific partners for our program as these local organization provide much needed support in translation and on-the-ground connections to academia, government and business," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI.  Mr.Lacey noted that HULK has been active in Croatia since 1996 and are leaders of a highly popular Linux conference in Croatia, DORS/CLUC (http://www.osor.eu/events/hr-dors-cluc-2011).

Vlatko Košturjak of HULK noted that LPI certification is important in the region as it assures clients and employers that IT professionals have the requisite skills and knowledge to work with Linux: "During last few years in Croatia and the Adriatic region, we have experienced a rapid and growing adoption of Linux systems and Free and Open Source Software. Employing someone who is professionally certified to work with these systems assures customers that IT projects will be completed according to requirements. We see LPI certification as the solution to this challenge since it is the industry's most popular and recognized vendor neutral certification."

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.

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