"The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is developing a Linux
certification program using the same open principles that are used
to develop Linux itself. As an "open body," it's sponsored by a
large number of vendors (including SuSE, HP, Linuxcare, IBM, and
Caldera); anyone can take part in the exam preparation process.
Why, you might ask, when there are so many other Linux
certification offerings emerging right now -- Red Hat's RHCE
program,the SAIR-GNU Linux program, and soon Linux+ from CompTIA --
would I pursue this one? I elected to take this certification now
because it's available and because it's non-vendor-specific. In
addition, I made the assessment that the RHCE was probably a more
advanced level of certification, which I'm probably not ready for
right now. My goal was to strengthen my Linux skills; taking the
LPI program was a structured path to that end.
The LPI Linux certification will eventually have three levels of
certification, though only the first level of certification is
available now. LPI Level-1 certification requires you to pass two
exams, 101 and 102. This article deals with the content for the 101
exam, which I recently took. I'll deal with the 102 content in a
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