"Unlike other operating systems, there is no central "Linux,
Inc." No one company can simply dictate the standards for
certification or for anything else. Instead there is the whirling
bazaar of companies, organizations and individuals all cooperating
to build the Linux operating system, yet many of them also
competing with each other as well."
"While it may sound chaotic, it actually works surprisingly well
and continues to grow dramatically. That lack of central control is
both a strength and a weakness. As far as certification goes, you
have the freedom to choose from among several different programs,
but the challenge for you is to figure out which is best for
"As of August 2000, there are really three main Linux
certification programs out there, with a fourth just emerging.
Alphabetically, the three existing programs are:
Linux Professional Institute (LPI);
Red Hat (Red Hat Certified Engineer-RHCE); and
On the emerging side, CompTIA has just recently announced its
Linux+ program. Let's take a look at each of these in turn,
starting basically in the order in which the programs
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