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07 March 2012, 10:50

CeBIT 2012: LPI announces "Linux Essentials" certificate

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Kai Schell at CeBIT 2012
Zoom Kai Schell from LPI Central Europe at CeBIT 2012

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced the launch of a new Linux Essentials certification program aimed at those new to the world of Linux and open source software. According to the LPI, the "first-of-its-kind" program has been developed over the last two years in collaboration with various government organisations, academic partners, publishers, private trainers and IT professionals.

The Linux Essentials exam will cover topics including the evolution of Linux and popular operating systems, open source applications and licences, the command-line, and security and file permissions. Those who pass the exam will be awarded with a "Certificate of Achievement" – the certificate will be provided as a PDF and be valid for 10 years. Speaking to The H at this year's CeBIT trade show, Kai Schell from the LPI Central Europe said that, while the new program will be initially targeted at young people, it will be open to anyone wanting to get into open source.

The Linux Essentials program will be available from June 2012 in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with other parts of the world to follow in 2013. The exam will cost €50 at academic testing centres and €65 at private testing centres.

Established in 1999, the LPI is a non-profit organisation that offers vendor-independent exams and professional certifications primarily targeted at Linux system administrators and programmers.

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