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Interview With LPI's Jim Lacey

May 06, 2008, 15:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Gray)

"Linux Journal: Thanks for agreeing to speak with us, Jim Lacey. Let me start things off by noting that, next year, the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) will mark its 10th anniversary as a certification organization. What changes have you noted in the world of Linux certification since 1999?

"LPI's Jim Lacey: In the mid-1990s there was an attitude within some business circles that Linux as an operating system was something used by hobbyists or IT enthusiasts but was not really practical for the business environment. LPI was founded to counteract this attitude and to demonstrate the growing professionalism of Linux and Open Source users. Since that time, we've seen not only wide spread acceptance of Linux but also a growing demand for the Linux professional. LPI, as a vendor-independent certification, was very much part of this early effort to see Linux and Open Source accepted and adopted..."

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