Join LPI at LinuxFest Northwest 2017

April 4, 2017

Join LPI at LinuxFest Northwest 2017

LPI will be taking part in LinuxFest Northwest 2017, held this year in Bellingham, WA from May 6-7:

We are excited to be introducing our new certification, LPI Certified DevOps Tools Engineer. Plus, we’ll be discussing the recent updates to our LPIC-2 certification.

Join us on May 6th - May 7th to find out more about the LPI certification roadmap and to discover new ways to boost your career.  

On both days we will be holding exam labs to enable candidates to take our exams and advance their skills at a special discounted price for event attendees:

You can quick start your career in Linux technology with our Linux Essentials certification, $75 USD. All other exams (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3) will be available for $99 USD.

Places are limited, so please reserve a spot via our registration page if you wish to take an exam on either day (May 6th, May 7th): Payments can be made in cash or credit card at the door, or in advance during registration.

We hope you’ll join us at LinuxFest Northwest 2017!

More about our exam labs will be posted on our social media channels (, so stay tuned.

If you have any questions, we’re always here to help. Talk to a member of the LPI team if you’d like to discuss your future career in open source technologies and how getting certified with LPI can help advance your professional growth:

Linux Professional Institute Releases Updated LPI 201 and 202 Exams

March 16, 2017

Linux Professional Institute Releases Updated LPI 201 and 202 Exams

(Cobourg, Ontario, Canada; March 16, 2017) The Linux Professional Institute ( - the world's leading Linux certification organization - released version 4.5 of their LPIC-2 Linux Engineer certification earlier this month. The new developments reflect recent changes in Linux technology environments. New objectives were shaped with input from the open source community. The new version is currently available in English, German, and Japanese. French, Spanish, and Portuguese will be available in the near future.

As a community based certification agency, we continuously accept feedback on our exams. This feedback is included in our updates which take approximately a year to complete. "Before releasing the new exams, we allowed volunteers from our community to take the beta exams. We got a lot of good and constructive feedback that we worked into the final exams. We'd like to thank everyone who helped with the beta exams, and send congratulations to those candidates who were the first to pass the new LPIC-2 objectives” says Fabian Thorns, (Director of Certification Development, LPI).

He continues, “The exam has been updated according to recent changes in the Linux ecosystem and IT in general. Since TLS has become widely adopted on the Internet, we now require our candidates to know how to encrypt all the network services covered in the exam. We also would like to see our candidates setting up IPv6 for all their systems. Other important areas of the update include the introduction of SSSD and Sieve filters, as well as standard updates to such software as Apache HTTPD 2.4 and Samba 4.”

G. Matthew Rice (Executive Director, LPI) goes on to explain, “Interest in open source technology continues to grow with both corporations and individuals alike. This results in constant improvements and additions to the body of open and freely available software. The updates to our LPIC-2 certification reflect these changes with the inclusion of new and updated topics which help to improve security, performance, integrations, and much more. For anyone interested in staying informed of the latest technologies available to an open source professional, the LPIC-2 certification will prove a valuable, complete, and clear resource”.

There are many learning materials that you can use to study for the new exam. A great place to start is the Free Training Materials page from our LPI wiki. There are also several LPI books that have already been updated to cover the new version. NOTE: check the version number and age of any book to ensure it covers the newest version of the exam.

You can review the new objectives on the website at Plus, you can find a detailed list of changes made to the exam, here.

Want to certify your Linux skills? You can find out how to take our exams, here:

For more information on our new or existing exams, contact a member of the LPI team:

Take the Next Step in Your Career with LPI at Scale 15x

February 23, 2017

Take the Next Step in Your Career with LPI at Scale 15x

LPI will be taking part in Scale 15x, the fifteenth annual Linux Open Source event, which explores all Open Source operating systems and software. It will be held this year from March 2 to March 5 at the Pasadena Convention Centre, in Pasadena California -- near the tech hub of Silicon Valley.

Join us at SCALE and meet the LPI team in the exhibition area at booth 602. We will be discussing our new certification, LPI Certified DevOps Tools Engineer, and offering our paper based exams at the event. For those of you eager to advance your Open Source skills, we will also be hosting exam sessions at special pricing.

Linux Essentials will cost $75 USD, and our other exams (LPIC-1, LPIC-2, LPIC-3) will be available for $99 USD per exam. Places are limited, so please reserve a spot via our registration page: Payments can be made in cash or credit card at the door, or in advance at registration.

Exams will take place in Room 205 at SCALE, on Saturday, March 4 at 11AM and 3PM, as well as Sunday, March 5, at 11AM and 3PM. If you have not yet registered for Scale 15x be sure to use the code LPI for a 50% discount. We hope to see you there! Follow our LPI Facebook page and our LPI Twitter account, @LPIConnect, for future updates.

See you in sunny Pasadena!

LPIC OT DevOPs Engineer - Request for help in the Job Task Analysis (JTA)

January 3, 2017

LPIC OT DevOPs Engineer - Request for help in the Job Task Analysis (JTA)

Author: Jon maddog Hall.

Some of my readers may know that I am the Chair for the Board of Directors of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI).  Like many things I do, this is a volunteer job, and I could not do it without help from many other volunteers.

Founded in 1999, LPI was created as a Canadian based non-profit to “certify users of computer software programs” and “facilitate the exchange of information between computer users”. Since that time LPI has delivered over 500,000 tests, and currently has over 200,000 certificate holders in over 180 countries.

The certifications so far are on four major levels, known as “LPI Linux Essentials (LE)”, “Linux Administrator (LPIC-1)”, “Linux Systems Engineer (LPIC-2)” and a variety of advanced topics at the LPIC-3 level such as “Security”, “Virtualization and High Availability” and “Mixed Environment”.

LPI separates the function of “certification” from “learning”, allowing potential job seekers to study the objectives for each test and to pick the method of learning that suits them best, whether it be self-study, reading articles on the Internet or from magazines and books, or taking a formal course from one of LPI's many partners.

LPI is a community-based model for developing its certifications. LPI first creates a “Job Task Analysis” to see what types of tasks and knowledge that someone needs to do a particular job. LPI reaches out to the community of people who are actually performing that job or managing those people. LPI then gathers these job tasks, analyzes them, and creates a list of these tasks. After the JTA is created, LPI then approaches this community of people and asks of them what types of questions would these people ask of a job candidate to determine that they could do those tasks correctly. Finally, give that list of questions, LPI approaches the community to find out what answers would be expected as “correct”.

After this procedure the test questions are put into beta tests, given to potential certification holders, and the tests and answers run through a process called psychometrics that uses statistics to help assure the quality of the testing procedure.

Recently LPI decided to create an LPI Certification Open Technology for DevOPs named “LPIC-OT DevOps Engineer Certification”. Unlike other LPI tests (which were GNU/Linux oriented), this certification is OS neutral, and therefore hopefully useful for GNU/Linux, *BSD, Apple and (perhaps even) Microsoft Windows DevOps Engineers. The certification will test the ability of the candidate to create a DevOps workflow and to optimize their daily administration and development tasks. One major concession to LPI's strategy, however, is to focus on “Open Source” and freely available DevOPs tools and procedures when available versus closed source tools.

Therefore LPI is asking DevOps engineers and managers to participate in defining the Job Task Analysis. If you are willing to help LPI (and in the traditional FOSS way, eventually helping yourself), please go to and participate in the Job Task Analysis.

Thank you, and Carpe Diem!



Join LPI at LISA16 in Boston this week

December 5, 2016

Join LPI at LISA16 in Boston this week

LISA16 is the place where system engineers and operations professionals share real-world knowledge about designing, building, and maintaining the critical systems of our interconnected world.

LISA16 is the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. The LISA16 program addresses the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering. LISA 16 offers a highly curated program focusing on three topics: architecture, culture, and engineering.

When: December 7-8, 2016
Where: Boston, MA

Meet LPI Chairman, Jon ’maddog’ Hall, Executive Director G. Matthew Rice, and our Chief Operating Officer, Medina Dupuis at Booth 109.

Come and join us at the booth to say hello and learn about our new DevOps certification. We will be happy to help you become part of the Job Task Analysis process for the LPI Certified Open Technology DevOps Engineer program. The JTA is taking place right now and you can be a part of the process.

Follow our LPI Facebook page and our LPI Twitter account (@LPIConnect).

For more information on LISA16, visit

See you in Boston!

LPI expands certifications to recognize the importance of DevOps to the open source community

November 22, 2016

LPI expands certifications to recognize the importance of DevOps to the open source community

LPI is launching a community-based consultation process to develop a new exam and certification for DevOps.

Designed to reflect the growing importance of DevOps collaboration models and tools in both system administration and software development, the planned certification will require candidates to pass an exam to be awarded LPI Certified Open Technology DevOps Engineer. The first exams will take place in Autumn 2017.

“DevOps, at its core, is a collaboration model supported by a specific set of tools. We have been observing this tool chain maturing over the last few years and it’s the right time to talk to LPI’s open source community about how we can provide proof of proficiency in handling these tools and implementing DevOps solutions”, states Fabian Thorns, LPI’s Director of Certification Development.

Executive Director of LPI, G. Matthew Rice, adds: “As more and more companies introduce DevOps methodologies to their workflows, skills in the use of tools supporting DevOps become increasingly important and are having a major impact on the work of all our candidates. It also makes a lot of LPI’s primary topics relevant for new audiences, such as developers. The first step of our community-based exam development process is the survey of people working in the industry. This survey will be critical in identifying the skills that are required to support the collaboration of IT administrators and software developers”.

The consultation – known as a Job Task Analysis (JTA) – involves an online survey to open source professionals worldwide and consultation with LPI’s Exam Development volunteer community. As the exam development process continues there will be ongoing dialogue via the exam development mailing list as well as regular blog posts on the LPI site.

“We invite everyone involved in DevOps and members of our Exam Development community to participate in this Job Task Analysis. Every single vote is an important contribution to create a certification that reflects and endorses the skills that matter in the workplace”, says Mr. Thorns.

How to get involved:

Find out more about our new certification and how to participate in the DevOps Exam Development:

Join our exam development mailing list:

Learn more about the LPI exam development process:


About the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

LPI is the global certification standard and career support organization for open source professionals. With more than 500,000 exams delivered, it's the world's first and largest vendor-neutral Linux and open source certification body. LPI has certified professionals in 181 countries, delivers exams in 9 languages, and has over 400 training partners.

We are committed to providing the IT community with certifications of the highest quality, relevance, and accuracy. This commitment requires that our exam development process be highly detailed, participatory, and consultative. Join the LPI community and get involved. Connect with us on Facebook, or join our Exam Development Community of volunteers, collaborating on certifications, exam development, and current technologies -

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Presentation Day and OSS Weekend in Kosice, Slovakia

October 21, 2016

Presentation Day and OSS Weekend in Kosice, Slovakia

On October 21st 2016, LPI Central Europe held a Presentation Day in Kosice, Slovakia. The meeting was organized together with the local training partner, LPI ATP, ELCT (, in the company's facilities in Kosice. Elzbieta Godlewska, LPI Representative in Slovakia, presented LPI certification programs to several IT companies based in "Kosice Silicon Valley", including T-Systems, the biggest employer of IT professionals in the region (over 2.500 IT specialists employed).

Following the LPI keynote, ELCT presented the details of the training the company offers to prepare candidates to take the LPI exam.

The day after, October 22nd, LPI CE participated in the OSS Weekend, organized by SOIT, Slovak organization for Open Information Technology, at the Faculty of Science of the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice.

Elzbieta had a keynote presentation at the opening of the event on Saturday morning and PBT exams were offered both days.

OSS Weekend ( is an annual two-day event dedicated to open technologies, targeted mainly at Linux community and students.

LPI CE wants to give a very special thanks to ELCT and SOIT for a perfect organization of the events in Kosice and for allowing LPI to participate.

Latinoware, the Latin American Free Software Conference

October 18, 2016

Latinoware, the Latin American Free Software Conference

Latinoware partners with FISL, the Free Software International Forum, as the largest Free Software event in South America with over 5,000 expected to attend.

Mr. Cesar Brod, Director of Regional Development Brasil at Linux Professional Institute (LPI Brasil), will be speaking about the importance of fostering education and certification in business.  Jon Hall, LPI’s Chair, will be delivering a keynote for Linux International, as well as supporting LPI at the show. Henry Chalup, Director General LPI — España e Hispanoamérica, will also be speaking at the event. In fact, Henry will be busy this month speaking at several other events in Argentina including CISL (Conferencia Internacional de Software Libre), where Jon Hall will also be presenting. LPI will be well represented at the event, as well as offering 20 LPIC-2 beta exams, and for fun, 1,000 temporary tattoos.

Jon “maddog” Hall and Cesar Brod just finished attending the First Ubatuba MeetUp — Free Software and Free Culture Event in Brazil last week. Many Linux and Open Source workshops are to be held at Ubatuba, an ocean side city northeast of São Paulo. Interestingly, the city has its own Linux Distribution, Ubatux.

For more information, visit the Latinoware website at

For more information, visit the Ubatuba event website at

Linux Certification Virtual Summit

October 17, 2016

Linux Certification Virtual Summit


We’ve brought together world-class Linux Experts to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to get your Professional Linux Certifications.

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Each speaker will share their expert knowledge and insider tips on what to do and how to do it to get you results when it comes to getting your Linux Certifications. They will provide you with actionable strategies with step-by-step advice for you to implement immediately.

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