Linux Professional Institute Launches First Exam in Certification Program

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) has announced the immediate availability of its first exam in its Linux certification program. The exam, which covers Linux basics as part of the program's first level, is now available worldwide at testing centers affiliated with Virtual University Enterprises (VUE).

The LPI aims to provide a vendor-neutral and accessible certification that separates those who understand the fundamentals from those who don't. The exam takes roughly one and a half hours to complete and costs $100 at VUE testing centers anywhere in the world. The first level of the program is designed to validate that someone can perform the tasks of an entry-level system administrator. The LPI has other exams under development and expects them to be deployed through the first half of 2000. The Linux Professional Institute is a community project to develop professional certification for the Linux operating system, with major financial sponsorship from companies such as Caldera Systems, IBM, Linuxcare, SGI, SuSE, TurboLinux, and Wave Technologies.