Linux Professional Institute Announces New Affiliate in Greece

Posted by scottl on Nov 19, 2010 6:44 AM EDT
Linux Professional Institute; By Scott Lamberton
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(Sacramento, CA, USA: November 18, 2010) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization, announced a new affiliate for their program: LPI-Greece ( LPI-Greece will be managed by the Greek Linux User Group - GREEKLUG ( GREEKLUG is a non profit organization founded in 2009 and provides Linux and Free Software/Open Source Software support, volunteer services and IT consulting in Greece.

"LPI seeks out and recruits organizations worldwide to become our Master Affiliates who have significant knowledge of the IT industry and the regional Linux and Open Source ecosystem where they operate. In this regard, GREEKLUG is an ideal partner for us as they have one of the oldest Linux computer labs in Greece and the necessary academic partnerships and human resources to promote the growth of LPI Certification," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of the Linux Professional Institute.

"GNU/Linux and Free Software/Open Source Software adoption has been growing rapidly in Greece since 1998. With a GNU/Linux community in almost every major city of the country and many young people involved, there is a fertile ground for setting the basis for LPIC and tomorrow's Linux professionals. One of our goals is to make LPIC an officially recognized certification by the Greek state," said Kostas Boukouvalas, Master Affiliate Operations Manager for LPI-Greece. Mr. Boukouvalas also stated that he will soon be announcing an LPI exam lab in Greece where the LPIC-1 exams will be available for the first time in the Greek language.

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 over 270,000 exams and 90,000 LPIC certifications around the world.

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About the 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 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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