"Two years ago, we had no idea that what we were beginning would
become the Linux Professional Institute. We had no clue of the
tremendous support we would receive not only from members of the
Linux community, but also from the larger IT, training and
publishing communities. Nor did we know of the significant
financial support we would receive. We had no idea how incredibly
expensive all of this would be to pull of. Nor did we know how
significantly LPI would change some of our lives."
"And yet... two years later, we have deployed the two exams of
Level 1. As I write this, the exams are completing the final stages
of the incredibly long and comprehensive process that is involved
with our efforts. And our approach of NOT endorsing or approving
any single way of preparing for our exams has paid off with many
different ways for people to prepare for our exams."
"LPI began with a fairly simple idea - if there is to be
certification for Linux, which the larger IT and training industry
pretty much determined would be inevitable, then that certification
should be controlled by the actual Linux professionals working with
the operating system and not by any one Linux vendor or any
publishers or training/courseware providers. Furthermore,
candidates should have the freedom to choose how they prepare for
the exams, including the option of not taking any classes at all
and simply studying the exam objectives. The exams should be
available globally and as inexpensively as possible, and should use
standard industry practices to ensure that the exams are legally
defensible, statistically-valid and able to stand equal or better
than other existing IT certifications."
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