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Linux Gazette: Two Years Ago - the birth of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI)

Nov 25, 2000, 18:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan York)

"Two years ago, we had no idea that what we were beginning would become the Linux Professional Institute. We had no clue of the tremendous support we would receive not only from members of the Linux community, but also from the larger IT, training and publishing communities. Nor did we know of the significant financial support we would receive. We had no idea how incredibly expensive all of this would be to pull of. Nor did we know how significantly LPI would change some of our lives."

"And yet... two years later, we have deployed the two exams of Level 1. As I write this, the exams are completing the final stages of the incredibly long and comprehensive process that is involved with our efforts. And our approach of NOT endorsing or approving any single way of preparing for our exams has paid off with many different ways for people to prepare for our exams."

"LPI began with a fairly simple idea - if there is to be certification for Linux, which the larger IT and training industry pretty much determined would be inevitable, then that certification should be controlled by the actual Linux professionals working with the operating system and not by any one Linux vendor or any publishers or training/courseware providers. Furthermore, candidates should have the freedom to choose how they prepare for the exams, including the option of not taking any classes at all and simply studying the exam objectives. The exams should be available globally and as inexpensively as possible, and should use standard industry practices to ensure that the exams are legally defensible, statistically-valid and able to stand equal or better than other existing IT certifications."

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