LPI Recognizes Linux Essentials' Volunteers

(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 21, 2012) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced volunteer awards for Anselm Lingnau of Linup Front, Weiterstadt, Germany and Michael Gisbers of Linux-Schmie.de, Oberhausen, Germany in recognition of their contributions and commitment to LPI's Linux Essentials program. The two volunteers were amongst 70 Linux professionals and 56 IT organizations and academic institutions who assisted in the exam development process for Linux Essentials (http://lpi.org/linux-certifications/introductory-programs/linux-essentials).

"The Linux and Open Source community has been very supportive of our efforts to create this new "Certificate of Achievement" in foundational knowledge in Linux and Open Source. However, academia, government organizations and the IT industry throughout the world have been equally committed to the development of this new credential. Although we are recognizing the exemplary efforts of Mr. Lingnau and Mr. Gisbers at this time we also want to draw attention to the countless others who have made this program possible," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Mr. Lacey noted that over 700 people also participated in the "beta" exam process for Linux Essentials which is indicative of the program's broad appeal and popularity.

<IMAGE: Jim Lacey (left) presents Anselm Lingnau with the Linux Essentials' volunteer award during the 2012 LPI EMEA Affiliates meeting >

"It was a great experience to collaborate with LPI's global community of experts in creating Linux Essentials. We at Linup Front GmbH are fully committed to supporting the program, and we hope that our freely available training materials will encourage many students and other newcomers to Linux and take the plunge and go for the certificate," said Anselm Lingnau. Mr. Lingnau has been recognized for his contributions to the Linux Essentials program as a Subject Matter Expert. In addition, he is Project Leader for training media at Linup Front GmbH which has produced a number of educational resources for Linux Essentials which are available for free download. Since March, when this learning content was first made available, there has been close to 40,000 downloads in either English or German, in portable document format (pdf) or for Android phones/tablets. For download information for this material see: http://shop.linupfront.com/

"LPI's professional certifications for system administrators are well known. However, with Linux Essentials, users are now able to receive a certificate reflecting their Linux knowledge. Young people at school and regular Linux users will be able to obtain a certificate demonstrating their skills and knowledge without the pressure to learn a lot of administrative content. Commencing this month we have added 'Linux Essentials' courses to our training schedule to support users seeking this certificate. In addition, in the new year, our local Linux User Group in Oberhausen (http://lugor.de) will offer a free, monthly, course for local Linux users interested in Linux Essentials," said Michael Gisbers of Linux-Schmie.de. Mr. Gisbers was instrumental in co-leading training sessions with Dimitrios Bogiatzoules in preparation for initial "beta" exams of Linux Essentials. "Beta" exams are an opportunity to test the psychometric validity of certification exams and it is an instrumental step in the exam development process (a full description of this aspect of exam development can be found here: http://lpi.org/linux-certifications/structure/exam-creation). Mr. Gisbers also co-authored a book with Christian Hesse on Linux Essentials through Open Source Press (see: https://www.opensourcepress.de/linux_essentials).

LPI will host further volunteer opportunities on the Linux Essentials program during CeBIT 2013 at Hannover (http://www.cebit.de/home) and during Linuxtag 2013 at Berlin (http://www.linuxtag.org/2013/en.html). For detailed information on these volunteer events please see updates at http://www.lpice.eu/home.html

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 5,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 300,000 exams and 100,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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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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