"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..."