January 4, 2005

Joint training initiative between LinuxIT, LPI, UN

LinuxIT writes "LinuxIT, LPI and UNDP Join Hands to Provide Low-Cost Linux Certification in Asia

LinuxIT, the largest Linux company providing independent systems integration and professional services in the UK, has teamed up with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to aggressively provide low-cost Linux certification in developing Pacific South East Asian countries.
The UNDP, through its Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme and International Open Source Network, has identified the need for Linux certification in developing countries. However, IT certification has so far been cost-prohibitive in that region of the world.

The collaborative approach, and the provision of free training materials from LinuxIT, ensures that the developing nations can now take advantage of low cost, local training solutions.
Several trainees, who took part in a pilot training program in Vietnam using LinuxIT materials, recently achieved LPI Level 1 certification, and are now equipped to deliver training to others. Proctors from several other South-East Asian countries were also certified by the LPI, enabling them to provide low cost LPI certification in their respective countries.
Adrian Thomasset, Training Manager at LinuxIT, said: âWe are continuously striving to provide the user community with professional training and support. Being part of this initiative, we are able to extend the reach of the LPI training courses to those unable to afford the usual fees. It also allows us to share our experience and investment, so that the developing world can benefit from the work that went into creating the manuals."

Khairil Yusof, Manager of the UNDPâs International Open Source Network (IOSN), commented: âWe believe that high quality, open access training materials, in conjunction with vendor-neutral and affordable, internationally recognized Linux skills certification, are critical components in addressing the issue of qualified human resource shortages. We are very pleased to be able to utilize LinuxITâs expertise in the shape of their training manuals, and we are now planning to introduce sustainable Linux training and certification in other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.â ++ends

About LinuxIT
LinuxIT (a division of Kleesh Consultants Ltd.) (http://www.linuxit.com) is the UKâs largest independent provider of IT Infrastructure integrating Linux and Open Source solutions with Microsoft and other vendorsâ technologies. LinuxIT is the UK Powerhouse of Linux expertise with consultants forming the backbone to the services of most of the best known names in IT.

Our aim is to work in partnership with our customers to identify the best IT solution to the business problems, and assist in implementing the solution most appropriate to the customerâs business and technical needs.

As IT infrastructure experts, our knowledge includes all of the commonly used operating systems and applications from most of the hardware and software vendors, ranging from Microsoft to RedHat. As independent consultants our recommendations may include any or all of these vendorsâ solutions irrespective of personal prejudice. LinuxITâs customers are predominantly SMEs across the entire spectrum of vertical market sectors.

About Linux Professional Institute
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) develops professional certification for the Linux operating system independent of software vendors or training providers. Established as an international non-profit organization in 1999 by the Linux community, LPI develops accessible, internationally-recognized certification programs which have earned the respect of vendors, employers and administrators. LPI's activities involve hundreds of volunteers and professionals throughout the world in many different capacities, and the group encourages active public involvement through mailing lists and its website at www.lpi.org. LPI's multi-level program of exams is administered globally through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM (NYSE:IBM), Linuxcare, Maxspeed, SGI (NYSE:SGI), SuSE Linux AG and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL), Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP), Wave Technologies and Linux Magazine.

About IOSN

The International Open Source Network (IOSN - http://www.iosn.net) is a Centre of Excellence for Free/Open Source Software in the Asia-Pacific Region. IOSN is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Information Development Programme (APDIP - http://www.apdip.net), which has been supporting the strategic and effective use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) for poverty alleviation and sustainable human development in the Asia-Pacific region since 1997. Via a small secretariat, the IOSN is tasked specifically to facilitate and network Free/Open Source Software advocates and human resources in the region.

For further information, please contact:
Ev Milker
Marketing and PR Manager
Tel: +44 (0)117 905 8718
e-mail: evm@linuxit.com"

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