[Linux-aus] Ubuntu Certification (was: lca2005 CD)

Steve Walsh steve at nerdvana.org.au
Wed Apr 5 10:00:03 UTC 2006


Now forgive me if I'm wrong, and please be nice enough to flame me off list if I am, but I was under the impression the LPI's were meant to be Vendor Neutral. By introducing a vendor specific exam into the LPI stream, isn't this just moving the LPI's away from their Benefit ie - A means of measuring the certified person's knowledge of the core linux kernel and subsystem. ?

Case in point is this quote from the LPI page - http://www.lpi.org/en/why_lpi.html

"Neutrality: LPI is a non-profit organization involved only with setting standards for professional certification. It is independent of vendors of Linux distributions, training, etc. For LPI, certification is not a marketing tool to push product."

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not bashing ubuntu, Canonical or LPI for doing this, and having vendor specific certifications in Linux are a good thing as they allow us to compete with the closed source movement as a means of proving knowledge, but isn't introducing a vendor specific exam into a neutral certification stream starting to muddy the waters up a bit?


-----Original Message-----
From: Janet Hawtin [mailto:lucychili at internode.on.net]
Sent: Wednesday, 5 April 2006 11:28 AM
To: linux-aus at lists.linux.org.au
Subject: Re: [Linux-aus] lca2005 CD

Hi folks,

Karl Goetz sent me this message.
Wondered if it might be an option for next LinuxAU Conference.



I thought this would be of interest :)

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Ubuntu Certified Professionals
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2006 17:43:14 +0100
From: Jane Silber <jane.silber at canonical.com>
Reply-To: ubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com
To: ubuntu-announce at lists.ubuntu.com, ubuntu-devel-announce at lists.ubuntu.com

Today the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and Canonical Ltd. jointly
announced the development of a certification exam for the Ubuntu
distribution. This certification exam will enable qualified candidates
to demonstrate specific expertise in the professional use of Ubuntu
<http://www.ubuntu.com>. The certification exam will be launched in
Johannesburg, South Africa, May 16 - 19, 2006.

The Ubuntu certification will consist of a single exam on top of LPI's
existing 101 and 102 exams. This will give candidates the advantage of
an existing global standard, LPIC-1, plus the “Ubuntu Certified
Professional” status. The exam is being developed by LPI's product
development team and Ubuntu community members from around the globe. The
exam is expected to be completed in early May with the first paper exams
being available in mid-May to qualified LPIC-1 candidates who are
attending LinuxWorld Johannesburg. The computer-based testing version
will be made available later in June through Thomson Prometric and
Pearson VUE testing centres around the world. Initial exam price has
been set at $100 US.

For more information, see


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