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SlashTCO.com: An Interview with Dan York - President of the LPI

Jan 19, 2001, 21:29 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Dan York has been president of the LPI (Linux Professional Institute) since its inception in 1998. We asked him a few questions concerning the LPI certification and Linux, and what the future holds for both of them."

"Why is Linux training and certification important for business?"

"Well, first off, you really bring up two separate issues - "training", and then "certification". I separate them because I think it is a key distinction between LPI's certification program and those offered by other vendors. Unlike the other major Linux certification programs, our only purpose is to set standards for certification. We do not at all specify the *education* that you need to prepare for our exams. If you want to just read the objectives and study on your system, fine. If you want to take a training class, fine. Read a book? Take an online web class? Whatever route you want to take is fine with us. We do not approve/endorse/authorise *any* particular training methods...."

"What, if any, are the advantages of taking distribution independent LPI training and certification over distribution specific courses (e.g. RHCE)?"

"Two answers - first, why LPI's cert versus more distribution-specific certs. Well, if you are looking to demonstrate your capabilities working with *Linux* - and really for most flavours of Linux - then you need to pursue a distro-neutral cert like LPI. It provides a broad general benchmark of your understanding of Linux. Now, I think it might make sense after you have the LPI cert to also go on to pursue distribution-specific certification - if that is the distro you will be working with. But I would suggest LPI as the first step...."

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