Linux Professional Institute Announces New Affiliate: LPI-Central Europe

(Utrecht, Netherlands: November 2, 2007) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced the formation of a new regional affiliate, LPI-Central Europe, which will be responsible for promoting Linux professionalism in the nations of Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.  The new affiliate is the result of extensive development efforts by Open Source Certification GmbH, the management team of former LPI affiliate LPI-German.

Jim Lacey, President and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute, congratulated the management team of OSC on their successful efforts to date: "This demonstrates the strength of investing in organizations on a regional level which are committed to growing Linux professionalism and Open Source adoption.  Regional leaders like OSC are able to grow their own programs and seek out partners on the ground to ensure their on-going success."

Reiner Brandt, President of LPI-Central Europe and OSC, noted a number of initiatives that the new organization has underway:

* A LPI-Central website (http://www.lpice.eu) which will be available in multiple languages: English, German, Dutch and French

* Three new LPI-ATP (LPI Approved Training Partners) in the Netherlands and the development of the first LPI-ATM (LPI Approved Training Materials) in Dutch by AT Computing.

* The first LPI-AAP (LPI Approved Academic Partner) in Belgium at Liège (http://www.technifutur.be)

* A new certification program for Univention software which is built upon the LPIC-1 certification platform

"We have been working in German-speaking nations for a number of years now and have enjoyed a terrific response from the IT community in those nations.  We have been very fortunate to be invited to participate in other activities in these new nations we are involved in and we look forward to growing the LPIC program as a global standard," said Mr. Brandt.  As an example Mr.Brandt pointed out that OSC was fundamental to building the LPI presence at LinuxWorld Utrecht where the announcement was made.

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) is globally supported by the IT industry, enterprise and professionals and within government and the educational community. LPI's certification program is delivered worldwide in multiple languages at over 7,000 testing locations and is supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents. Since the programs inception, LPI has delivered over 155,000 exams and 47,000+ LPIC certifications around the world.

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About Linux Professional Institute:

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 1999 by the Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux professionals while advancing 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, Hewlett-Packard and IDG.

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Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
Email: scottl@lpi.org
Web: www.lpi.org
Telephone: +1-416-666-1574