May 13, 2003

Open Source Software Institute Becomes LPI Affiliate

jmw writes

"OXFORD, MS, May 12, 2003 The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), (www.lpi.org),
the premier international professional certification program for the Linux
community, has affiliated with Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) (www.oss-institute.org)
to increase exposure and participation of Linux by corporate, government
and academic environments across the United States.

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As LPIs new US affiliate, OSSI will work directly with
existing LPI staff and supporters to develop and expand a network of approved
training centers, instructors and trainers as well as promote development/adoption
of LPI-certified courseware and training materials.

OSSIs mission is to promote the development and implementation
of Linux and other open-source technologies within industry, government and
academic environments, says OSSI Chairman John Weathersby. As LPIs US affiliate,
we look forward to building upon the foundation of educational quality and
professionalism among Linux administrators that LPI has established through
their certification program.

LPIs international mandate is to design and deliver
a certification program from within the Linux community, using both volunteer
and professional resources. It has been ranked number one on the list of
certifications expected to rise the fastest in importance according to
the 2002 CRN Certification study. LPI has also been selected as the winner,
for the second consecutive year, of the Linux Journals annual Editors' Choice
Awards in the Training and Certification category. LPI has delivered over
27,000 Level One and Level Two certification exams globally since the programs
inception in just two years.

Becoming affiliated with an existing US group that is
already defining and achieving goals that are compatible with LPI's, clearly
demonstrates our community involvement and quality we bring to the IT marketplace,
adds LPIs president Evan Leibovitch. As an organization who is becoming
increasingly recognized as an integral open source certification program,
we welcome OSSIs professional initiatives and look forward to supporting
its team to ensure Linuxs adoption and success.

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About Open Source Software Institute The Open Source
Software Institute is a non-profit organization comprised of industry, government
and academic representatives whose mission is to promote the development and
implementation of open source software solutions within federal, state and
municipal government agencies and academic entities. Additional information
available at OSSIs website www.oss-institute.org.

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 Caldera
International (NASDAQ:CALD), 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) and Wave Technologies."

Link: lpi.org

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