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Certification Magazine: Certifying the Penguin: the Wild World of Linux Certification

Sep 28, 2000, 19:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan York)

"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 you."

"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
  • Sair, Inc.
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 developed."

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