LPI and Future Cert make a long-term commitment to the UK and Irish region

November 3, 2015

LPI and Future Cert make a long-term commitment to the UK and Irish region

Many people do not know that the operating energy of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) comes from partnering with professional companies and community groups to spread the word about Free and open source Software and the need for solid education and certification on systems administration that is vendor and distribution neutral.

Since January 2013 the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has partnered with FlexableIT so that FlexableIT can be the local resource and support for LPI Certification in the UK and Irish region. Since the inception of the partnership; the number of Certifications have grown year on year, the number of Partners have grown and local community events have been initiated by FlexableIT.

In 2013 I met Bill Quinn of FlexableIT, and was immediately struck by the drive and intensity of the man behind the company. Bill understood Free Software, and understood the FOSS community. He saw the value of building relationships with universities and local user groups. FlexableIT arranged, with their own funding, for me to reach out to several of these universities to talk about the real opportunities offered for education through the use of Free and Open Technologies.

In 2015 Bill reached out again, and I met with several large companies to show the value of having workers trained in how to leverage Free Software for better solutions to business problems and how this creates an economy of local programmers doing high-skill technical jobs, which keeps the expertise and the money in the local marketplace.

Both LPI and FlexableIT now believe that the time is right to look to the future and make a long term commitment to the UK and Irish market. The key outcomes are:

  • FlexableIT will remain in operation but a new company focused on IT Certification will be created. This new company is called Future Cert Limited.
  • LPI and Future Cert have committed to a 5 year plan to promote open source, Local Community Events and support Certification.
  • A large awareness campaign will take place around the value of Certification with a focus on increased employment and opportunities for promotion
  • Future Cert will continue to work with schools and educational authorities to support curriculum that will allow the learning of Linux and open source at younger ages

“The time is right to look to the future, media talks about the shortage of Linux skills both globally and locally. This is a view that we regularly here hear from industry – how do we source good quality Linux Pros”, says Bill Quinn founder of Future Cert. “We had to change the way LPI was represented in the UK and Ireland to address this need so it was logical to pull the LPI Certification into a standalone business with a long term focus and goal around open source”.

“Bill Quinn has both the business and community skills to help expand LPI Certification and the Free Software Community itself in the UK and Ireland.” said G. Matthew Rice, Executive Director of the Linux Professional Institute. “I have worked with Bill for a couple of years, and I am impressed with his hard work and knowledge of the community. I look forward to working with him in the future.”

LPI looks forward to working with Bill Quinn and Future Cert, and LPI welcomes Future Cert as this new entity (but with old friends) into the Linux Professional Institute community.

Warmest Regards,

Jon A. Hall, Chairman of the Board
Linux Professional Institute

G. Matthew Rice, Executive Director
Linux Professional Institute

Linux Professional Institute Elects New Members to Board of Directors

August 31, 2015

Linux Professional Institute Elects New Members to Board of Directors

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization, today announced the addition of three members to their board of directors. The new directors, Jon “maddog” Hall, Evan Leibovitch, and C. Scudder Mead are long-term supporters of the Linux Professional Institute community. They join the existing board members consisting of Gen Narui, Torsten Scheck, Christopher “Duffy” Fron, and James Lacey.

“Given that we had vacancies on our Board of Directors earlier this year, we have focused our efforts on filling the remaining seats. After reaching out to all of LPI’s founding members, we are pleased to announce that three long-term members of LPI have been elected to Director positions,” said LPI CEO, Jim Lacey.

Jon “maddog” Hall, a thought-leader in the Linux community, was unanimously elected to the role of Chairman of the Board. Mr. Hall, a professional consultant, continues to travel extensively speaking on the benefits of Free and open source Software and promoting LPI as a vendor-neutral, world-wide certification program that utilizes published objectives rather than requiring a course.

Evan Leibovitch and C. “Scudder” Mead, both founding members of LPI, lend years of experience in the open source Software community and also in LPI certification programs.

“We extend our congratulations to our new board members and look forward to a productive year together, further developing the strategic goals of the Linux Professional Institute,” said Darrell Flewell, chief financial officer of LPI.

Please visit Meet our Team for more information on the LPI management team, staff, and board of directors.

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About 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 450,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities.

Linux Skills: IBM’s Commitment

March 30, 2015

Linux Skills: IBM’s Commitment

Re-posted by permission of IBM. To view the original press release in Italian please visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/it/it/pressrelease/46443.wss

Linux skills: IBM’s commitment to the partner ecosystem in Italy

A project in collaboration with the Linux Professional Institute

Milan, Italy – March 30, 2015: The demand for IT professionals with advanced skills in Linux and open source is increasing, both internationally and in Italy. And the reasons are obvious: more and more companies, from all sectors of the market, are looking for specialists and qualified partners to drive technological evolution in the name of open source and all its benefits.

In this context, IBM contributes significantly through organizations like the OpenPower Foundation, which now has more ‘than 100 operators – including Google, Samsung, Nvidia – engaged in the development of IBM Power in “open”, and by redefining the IBM Power Systems line that supports the entire “stack” of software Open: Linux distributions to Open Database.

In Italy, IBM has decided to partner with the Linux Professional Institute who provides a series of certification paths based on a standard program, recognized worldwide, which aims to create new skills in open source technologies applicable to Power8.

Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is a prestigious organization that promotes and certifies professional skills on the use of Linux and open source technologies through a worldwide program of independent tests, the result of established links between the business world and academia. To date has exceeded the threshold of 300,000 exams, with the release of more than 100,000 certifications recognized internationally.

The sessions planned for the first half of this year will be held at the headquarters of IBM Segrate with exercises in special laboratories.

The dates and topics of the courses:
– Linux Essentials course – 11/14 May
– Course LPI 101 – 25/29 May
– Course LPI 102 – 22/26 June

The courses will be planned for the second half of the year with a timetable yet to be defined.

For more information on the Linux Professional Institute www.lpi-italia.org.

Linux Professional Institute Celebrates 15 Years Promoting Linux and open source

October 29, 2014

Linux Professional Institute Celebrates 15 Years Promoting Linux and open source

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization, celebrates its fifteenth year as an organization committed to furthering the adoption of Linux and open source. The organization has led the way in growing the community of professionals with verified Linux skills. To date, the organization has delivered over 430,000 certification exams around the world with the help of its global affiliate network.

Since its founding, the Linux Professional Institute has focused on providing the best vendor-independent Linux certifications to allow candidates to prove they have core Linux skills enabling them to work across Linux distributions in a wide range of enterprise environments. The global community of LPI certified professionals, now over 150,000 strong, is characterized by self-motivated individuals intent on staying current on the latest changes in Linux as well as actively engaging in the larger open source community.

“Our mission has always been to provide the resources to help those interested in Linux and open source navigate the IT job market successfully. Our community of global affiliates has been instrumental in providing localized support to help our candidates gain access to resources in their location and in their native language,” said Jim Lacey, CEO of the Linux Professional Institute. He continued, “We are proud to be the world’s leading Linux certification organization, and stand ready to help anyone interested in pursuing a career in Linux or open source technology.”

The LPIC-1 and LPIC-304 level exams are currently undergoing a maintenance revision to ensure the exams reflect current job task needs. Both exams will be available in early 2015.

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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 430,000 certification exams worldwide. Established as a non-profit in 1999, LPI is supported by the IT and educational communities, enterprise customers, and government entities.

Linux Professional Institute Certifications Awarded e-Skills Quality Label by EXIN

September 26, 2014

Linux Professional Institute Certifications Awarded e-Skills Quality Label by EXIN

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the leading vendor-independent Linux certification organization, announced that its certification program has been awarded the first e-Skills Quality Label by EXIN based on the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF). The framework is designed to standardize 40 Information and Communications Technology (ICT) competencies, skills and proficiency levels across Europe. The goal of this effort is to increase the transparency, mobility and efficiency of ICT sector related human resources.

“The European e-Competence Framework is a critical initiative in today’s European workforce. By standardizing the language around ICT recruiting we can continue to help hiring managers recognize the best skilled candidates for the job,” said Klaus Behrla, Vice President, business development Europe for the Linux Professional Institute, “We at LPI are so pleased to have been awarded the e-Skills Quality Label for our professional Linux certifications.”

EXIN, a worldwide market leader in certifying professionals in the ICT domain and co-founder of the e-Skills Quality labels, is the Awarding Body for the e-Skills Quality Labels and e-Competence Assessment certificates. EXIN e-CF content experts and auditors are responsible for assessing programs to determine whether organizations qualify for the e-Skills Quality Label.

In attaining the e-Skills Quality Label designation, the Linux Professional Institute has proven that their certifications successfully map to the e-Competence Framework. “In today’s e-Skills jungle the mismatch in existing and required knowledge are a problem for all stakeholders. Through the e-Skills Quality Label LPI has demonstrated that their exam objectives cover relevant and required standard competences and ICT profiles,” said Maarten Dolf Desertine, business development at EXIN.

Mr. Desertine was on-hand to speak at the annual LPI EMEA meeting in Prague, Czech Republic where he awarded the e-Skills Quality Label to the Linux Professional Institute.

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About Linux Professional Institute (LPI):

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.

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