Originally Published: Friday, 28 January 2000 Author: Jobs Staff
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Linux Professional Institute launches "Early Bird" reward program

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) today announced "Early Bird", an incentive program to reward its initial participants. Under the program, the first 300 people to take LPI Linux certification exams will be eligible to receive a free book, software package or other Linux-related item from a selection of products donated by LPI sponsors.

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TORONTO, Ontario: The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) today announced "Early Bird", an incentive program to reward its initial participants. Under the program, the first 300 people to take LPI Linux certification exams will be eligible to receive a free book, software package or other Linux-related item from a selection of products donated by LPI sponsors.

"The response to our initial release has been fantastic," said LPI Executive Director Evan Leibovitch. "The Early Bird program will make our exams even more attractive to people looking to become certified in Linux skills."

LPI recently started delivering its first exam, test 1a, through more than 1,700 VUE testing centers worldwide. The second LPI exam, test 1b, is expected to become available during March 2000.

"The Early Bird program is a direct benefit of LPI's being a community organization," said LPI Board Chair Dan York. "Our sponsors have been extremely generous in their donations of rewards -- they are all eager to see LPI succeed and for our program to be adopted across the industry."

"We're delighted to be a part of this," said Mark Bolzern, president of LinuxMall.com, which is providing fulfillment services for the program. "LinuxMall.com is always working towards growth of the Linux Industry, and LPI serves an important function in advancing the corporate adoption of Linux," he said. "The success of LPI's industry standard and vendor neutral standardized certification is crucial to help bring Linux into the computing mainstream."

The rewards, all provided by LPI sponsors, include

  • Linux-related books from Macmillan, McGraw Hill and New Riders
  • Packaged Linux distributions from Caldera, SuSE and TurboLinux
  • BRU backup software from Enhanced Software Technologies.
  • T-shirts from Linuxcare, Macmillan and LinuxMall.com
  • "Tux the Penguin" plush toys from LinuxMall.com
  • Bootable recovery CD-ROMs from Linuxcare
Supplies of each item will be limited. People who take LPI exams will be able to choose any one of the remaining rewards. Selection of rewards and their shipment to LPI participants will be co-ordinated by LPI and LinuxMall.com. People who have already taken LPI exams are also eligible to claim rewards from the program. About LPI

The Linux Professional Institute is a community project to develop professional certification for the Linux operating system. Established as a nonprofit organization focused on defining distribution-neutral and vendor-neutral certification standards, LPI involves a unique blend of hundreds of volunteers and professionals in many different capacities and encourages public involvement through mailing lists and its website of www.lpi.org. LPI's multi-level program of exams is administered globally through test centers operated by Virtual University Enterprises (VUE), a division of NCS (Nasdaq:NLCS). Major financial sponsorship of LPI is from Platinum Sponsors of Caldera Systems, IBM (NYSE:IBM), Linuxcare, SGI (NYSE:SGI), SuSE Linux AG and TurboLinux as well as the Gold Sponsor Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HWP) and Wave Technologies (Nasdaq:WAVT).

More information can be obtained at www.lpi.org.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States and other countries.

"Linux Professional Institute" and the LPI logo are trademarks of Linux Professional Institute, Inc.

LPI's web site is www.lpi.org

Information on the "Early Bird" program is available at www.lpi.org/t1alaunch.html

CONTACT:

Dan York, Chair, Board of Directors, (603) 264-0129 (mobile) or (603) 268-0691 dan@lpi.org

Evan Leibovitch, Executive Director, (905) 452-0926 (office), (416) 998-3914 evan@lpi.org





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