Independent Linux certification finds strong partner in the Netherlands

Press release from LPI Nederland, 02-11-2009

(HEERLEN, Nederland, 02-11-2009)  There is one thing IT-analysts agree on: we will see a solid growth in the use of the open source operating system Linux within companies and governments alike. In the recent upheaval of the financial and economic system Linux oriented investments proved to be cost-effective and gave organizations the needed flexibility to adapt to new market situations. Apart from this, the European and Dutch governments are building innovative IT-economies based on open standards and open source software. Hence, there will be a growing demand for IT-professionals with solid Linux- and open source software skills. With the founding of LPI-The Netherlands we establish a strong partnership dedicated to providing independent, vendor-neutral certification of market-oriented Linux skills.

The Linux Professional Institute was established ten years ago and is now the foremost institute for certification of Linux skills. The LPI-certificates provide employers and HRM-professionals with guarantees that the holder is equipped with the needed skills to setup and maintain Linux servers and desktops. LPI is proud to have training partners in the Netherland that offer courses that prepare for LPI-certification. Our training partners came together two years to and began the work of setting up a local LPI subsidiary. Emiel Brok (AT Computing), one of the founding members of LPI-The Netherlands, is a strong proponent of vendor-neutral training and certification: "We observe a growing demand for IT-professionals with solid Linux skills. LPI certification, and the training offered to achieve this, is vendor-neutral. Companies and organizations that hire LPI-certified professionals obtain the freedom to deploy whatever Linux-distributions fits their needs". LPI-The Netherlands isn't just the initiative of commercial training partners, as there are AT Computing, Ictivity and StarTel. Our academic training partners Fontys Hogeschool and Hogeschool Zuyd are founding members, as well as the Dutch Linux users' group NLLGG. Marcel Nijenhof, president of the NLLGG, considers the launch of LPI-The Netherlands as an important milestone: "As NLLGG we provide LPI preparatory training for our members for a number of years now. LPI-The Netherlands is a perfect platform to promote our expertise and that of our LPI-certified members to profit and non-profit organizations alike. We wish to focus particularly on educational institutions. We strongly believe that the next generation of IT-professionals shouldn't become masters in vendor-specific software. It is imperative that they obtain set of solid and broad Linux skills".

Fabrice Mous (Ictivity) is pleased with the start of LPI-The Netherlands: "Linux and open source are part of a rapidly growing market", he states, "and we see an equally growing demand for certified Linux skills over the last few years. Ictivity sees the need for an independent institute for certification that brings together both knowledge and quality and identifies reliable partners in the Netherlands". Mous believes the market place should make LPI-certification a key requisite for it's products and services: "By allowing LPI-certification to be a fundamental qualification there will be a broad and independent knowledgebase for all open source products and services. This isn't simply a smart move for training partners, it's a smart move for your customers".

LPI-The Netherlands had it's first public appearance on the LinuxWorld conference on November 4th. The official elections of it's first board will take place on November 25th. Our new partner will be responsible for the Netherlands, the Flemish part of Belgium, Brussels and the Netherlands Antilles.


About Linux Professional Institute:
The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is distributed worldwide in multiple languages in more than 7,000 testing locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered close to 230,000 exams and over 75,000 LPIC certifications around the world.
The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

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For questions please contact Emiel Brok
Stichting LPI Nederland
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