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Linux Professional Institute Gains Further Industry Support For Linux Certification

Jun 07, 1999, 21:58 (14 Talkback[s])

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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), an industry-wide group developing a professional certification program for Linux, is pleased to announce the creation of its corporate sponsorship program and a number of early sponsors. LPI also welcomes the addition of several new members to its Advisory Council, including IBM, ExecuTrain and CompUSA.

June 7, 1999, Raleigh, NC-- The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), an industry-wide group developing a professional certification program for Linux, is pleased to announce the creation of its corporate sponsorship program and a number of early sponsors. LPI also welcomes the addition of several new members to its Advisory Council, including IBM, ExecuTrain and CompUSA.

Two sponsorship plans, for corporations and individuals, have been introduced to allow anyone to assist the LPI in its goal of creating a high-quality, vendor-neutral program. LPI aims to deliver its first certification exams in July 1999.

"While we have heavily depended on the volunteer community in the spirit of other Linux projects, putting together a respected certification program requires a substantial investment," said Chuck Mead, LPI Director of Corporate Relations. "The financial support of the Linux community is crucial to our program's timeliness and credibility."

The LPI corporate sponsorship program allows for donations from $1,000 to more than $50,000. Individual sponsorships allow for donations from $100 to $1,000.

To date, the following sponsorship commitments have been received:

Corporate Platinum ($50,000 or more):
Caldera
LinuxCare
SuSE

Corporate Silver ($10,000 or more)
Starnix

Corporate Bronze ($5,000 or more)
Digital Creations

Individual Platinum ($1,000 or more)
Jon 'maddog' Hall
Mark Bolzern

Individual Bronze ($100 or more)
Richard Ames

The above Sponsors, as well as any other companies who pledge financial support for LPI before June 30, 1999, will be designated "Charter" sponsors. A full description of sponsor benefits and other features of the program, can be found at http://www.lpi.org/sponsorship.html on the LPI website.

"We believed from the beginning that an independent Linux certification would be paramount to the success of Linux for business," said Ransom Love, President and CEO of Caldera Systems, Inc. "Independent certification not only enables Caldera Systems to provide better education through Authorized Training Centers worldwide--it sets a standard that the business world can depend on. We are proud to be co-sponsors of LPI and part of their Advisory Council. We welcome all newcomers."

"Red Hat is committed to providing its customers the best training and certification programs in the industry, and making these available on a wide scale", said Red Hat Software's Director of Technical Programs, Donnie Barnes, "We welcome the creation of credible, vendor-neutral certification standards for Linux and are pleased to be involved in the Advisory Council."

"Our plan is to promote LPI certificates as much as possible," said Tilman Müller-Gerbes, SuSE Vice President Professional Services. "Therefore, it is of prime importance to us to have them available in as many countries as possible, right from the start."

"As more and more companies use Linux it is very important for human resources and management to be able to confidently assess the qualifications of the people they interview.", said Mark Bolzern, CEO LinuxMall, "The Linux Professional Institute, through it's certification program will provide a solution so management can evaluate and hire expertise with confidence. The open way in which the courseware and certification tests are being created guarantees that the material will be comprehensive, relavant, and vendor independent."

In addition to the corporate sponsorship program, the LPI has significantly increased the size and breadth of its Advisory Council. This Council, which is designed to represent the diversity of the support behind Linux certification, now includes new members IBM, CompUSA, ExecuTrain, Global Knowledge, Lotus, and SGI.

"As a global leader in certification training, Wave Technologies responds to our customers needs by bringing certification training programs to the market," said Ken Kousky, president and chief executive officer of Wave. "As Linux becomes more mainstream in the corporate community, we are consistently hearing from our customers a need for Linux certification. Wave is eager to support any viable measurement of professional competencies in Linux and is taking an active role regarding certification."

"As an industry leader, ExecuTrain knows that standards and core knowledge are keys to success," said Phil Carlson, vice president of strategic alliances at ExecuTrain Corp. "We look forward to working with Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the other key players to build a certification program based on this new and important technology."

"Vendor-neutral industry certification such as LPI's exam-based Linux Certification program can provide a vehicle for our customers to prove their competence to their clients, employers and colleagues," said RJ Bornhofen, Linux Curriculum Manager for Global Knowledge. "We are pleased to be involved in the LPI advisory council program, and will continue to strive to provide students with the highest quality preparation to complete their training and certification successfully."

"The new members of the Advisory Council help make this group a great asset to us," said LPI Chief Executive Officer Evan Leibovitch. "This is not only a group of companies willing to say they support us, they've proven that support by helping us with some very important decisions."

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

LPI Contacts:
Chuck Mead, Director of Corporate Relations
(919) 462-9426
chuck@lpi.org

Evan Leibovitch, CEO
(905) 452-0926
evan@lpi.org

Caldera Systems Contact:
Nancy Pomeroy
Media Relations
(801) 765-4999 ext. 304
nancy@calderasystems.com

Red Hat Software Contact:
Donnie Barnes
Director of Technical Programs
Red Hat Software (919) 547-0012
djb@redhat.com

SuSE Contact:
Tilman Müller-Gerbes
+49-0911-74053-0
tmg@suse.de

LinuxMall Contact:
Mark Bolzern, CEO LinuxMall
Phone: 303-693-3321
Fax: 303-699-2793
http://www.LinuxMall.com
mark@LinuxMall.com

Wave Technologies Contact:
Mimi Ricketts, Wave
314-692-1983
mrickett@wavetech.com

ExecuTrain Contact:
ExecuTrain Corporation
4800 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
770-667-7700
1-800-90-TRAIN

Global Knowledge Contact:
R.J. Bornhofen
Linux Curriculum Manager
Global Knowledge - The Education Integration Company
(919) 460-3261
rj.bornhofen@globalknowledge.com
http://www.globalknowledge.com



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