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LinuxWorld: Is Joe Barr certifiable? - Taking the Level 1 LPI exam

Jun 13, 2000, 04:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"By now, most Linux users have at least heard of Linux certification, of the Linux Professional Institute (LPI), and of SAIR. Many now have questions about becoming certified themselves: "Do the exams test relevant skills? How hard are they? What should I study?" Fresh from his first LPI exam, Joe Barr is here with the answers."

"I recently took the first half of the Linux Professional Institute's Level 1 certification exam for junior Linux system administrators. It was a relatively painless experience, and the exam is a good test of basic admin knowledge. Actually, it was kind of fun -- if you've been out of school for as long as I have, at least, anyway."

"Linux certification is coming of age. Eileen Cohen wrote an analysis on the subject earlier this year, and I talked quite a bit about LPI in a recent Version Control column. (Both references can be found in the Resources section at the end of this article.) I'm writing this report to keep the promise I made in Version Control to provide a closer look at actually taking the exam. If you are, or want to be, a Linux system administrator, and you want to have as many options as possible in your career path, then getting certified is something you should have on your to-do list."

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