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18 March 2011, 12:34

Open University offers Linux certification

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The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced that the introductory course to Linux offered by the Open University UK (OU) will now also offer successful students CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification. The OU course notes state that, "On successful completion of this course you will be in a position to take the CompTIA Linux+ certification, an internationally recognised work-based qualification." Once that has been acquired, students will be able to apply for and receive LPIC-1 and then Novell Certified Linux Administrator certification.

The six month OU course, from which students gain credits towards their degree, has been running for one year, during which over 1,000 students completed the program. A further 500 are expected to register for the third course, starting in May 2011. The course is aimed at complete beginners, and introduces them to the history and value of open source, installation and management of the operating system and web server, and basic functionality.

The Linux Professional Institute is a non-profit organisation providing vendor-independent exams for professional certification for Linux system administrators and programmers. It was established in 1999 by the Linux community, and claims as its main financial sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, HP and IDG.

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