"The Linux Professional Institute, the LPI, is a non-profit
organization working on Linux certification. We recently had a
chance to interview Evan Leibovitch, one of the founders and
current board members of the LPI about the current state of LPI
certification and where they are going."
"Erik: This is a basic question, what does the LPI do and
why does it feel necessary to do what it does?
LPI provides a necessary (but certainly not the only) requirement
of the corporate computing world's acceptance of Linux as a usable
platform. Beyond the technical issues, companies need to know
of the existence of skilled Linux people with a quantifiable
minimum level of knowledge. LPI's main goal at this time is to
provide a professional certification program, specifically to
address this need."
"Jeremy: What prompted the creation of LPI? What reasons led to
its incorporation as a non-profit organization.
LPI started as two parallel efforts which merged into one. I was
involved in the formation of CLUE, the Canadian Linux Users'
Exchange (http://www.linux.ca). In early 1998 we asked our
membership 'what do you believe Linux needs to be more accepted in
business' and the overwhelmingly most popular answer was
certification. To that end a mailing list started to discuss the
issue and attracted quite an interesting array of people."