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Two Linux Certification Projects Finalize Merger
The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the founders of DigitalMetrics (DM) announced the final terms of the merger of the two Linux certification efforts. The two programs first agreed to merge last fall and finalized the arrangement at the end of 1999.
TORONTO, Ontario: The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the founders of DigitalMetrics (DM) announced the final terms of the merger of the two Linux certification efforts. The two programs first agreed to merge last fall and finalized the arrangement at the end of 1999.
Under the terms of the agreement, DigitalMetrics will no longer offer it's web-based certification exams and will instead join in with LPI to create a common certification program. People who have taken the DigitalMetrics exam and attained the certification of "DigitalMetrics Certified Linux Administrator (dmCLA)" will be integrated into the LPI program in the following manner:
Brian Horakh, one of the founders of DigitalMetrics, said, "We thought this was the right move to avoid fragmentation of the Linux certification market and to bring more people in behind a solid certification program. We were surprised to see how quickly LPI developed their program and want to do all we can to support the effort."
"It was the right thing to do!" said Jeff Miller, one of the other DM founders, "We got into the business because we wanted to help expand the pool of people who could support Linux. We wanted there to be a widely-supported, distribution-neutral certification program that was developed through an open process. LPI has done that, and we believe it is in the best interest of the Linux community for us to combine our efforts to make the program even stronger."
As part of the agreement, DigitalMetrics will be transferring their membership in Linux International to LPI as well as providing exam questions developed for their dmCLA exam and other intended exams. Both Horakh and Miller will also take seats on the LPI Advisory Council and assist in various aspects of the LPI program development.
The integration has in fact already begun with a number of questions being supplied to LPI for the upcoming "T1b" exam. "The quality of the DigitalMetrics exam questions was extremely high, and we have been able to map most of the questions to appropriate LPI exam objectives," said Scott Murray, LPI Director of Exam Development, "This donation by DigitalMetrics will help us deliver our exams that much quicker and is a great benefit to us all."
DigitalMetrics also provided to LPI psychometric data derived from the tests taken by DM certification candidates, which will aid LPI in ensuring the validity of the LPI exams.
People who have passed the DigitalMetrics exam will be contacted directly over the next few weeks about how they will be able to participate in the LPI process. More information will also be available at www.lpi.org and www.digitalmetrics.com.
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.
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