"Linux certification is an idea that has been around for a
long time and is now coming to fruition. There are two primary
entities working to provide Linux professionals with credentials.
The first is SAIR; the second is LPI, the Linux Professional
"The goals of the two primary groups are very similar. The
primary difference is that SAIR is a for-profit corporation
offering both testing and training, while LPI is a nonprofit
organization focusing exclusively on testing. Wave Technologies,
which recently purchased SAIR, is in fact a major provider of IT
"Both LPI and SAIR seek to advance Linux in the enterprise. Each
has impeccable credentials of its own. Some of the brightest lights
in the open source world serve on SAIR's advisory board. LPI is
simply a part of the Linux community doing something that needs to
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